A year after being cleared of murder charges, George Zimmerman is broke and homeless

A year after being cleared of murder charges, George Zimmerman is broke and homeless

It’s time to play your least favorite blog game and ours, “Where Are They Now?” Today’s subject got himself into a whole passel of trouble in 2012 by tailing what he described to police in Sanford, Fla., as a suspicious-looking black kid in a hoodie. Little did he suspect that he and the kid, Trayvon Martin, would end up scuffling on the ground with the latter ending up dead of a gunshot wound. Yes, it is white Hispanic George Zimmerman, who a year ago was acquitted of murder.

And where is Zimmerman now? According to the Daily Mail, he is dead broke (and not in the Clinton sense, either), in debt to the tune of $2.5 million, and spending his nights on a park bench. The Mail quips, “Zimmerman may have escaped prison time, but at least in lock-up he’d have a bed of his own.”

The sad details of Zimmerman’s life post-trial were revealed in court documents filed as he begins divorce proceedings with wife Shellie.

While the soon to be ex-Mrs Zimmerman  supported her husband during the trial last year, the two separated just two months after the July 2013 acquittal when he left her and started seeing someone new.

According to the financial affidavit Zimmerman filed last month, he only has $650 in his bank account, and $14,000 in assets which is mainly his 2008 Honda pickup.

Somehow, the article continues, the destitute “Zimmerman manages to spend more than $3,000 a month, with $100 each month on vacations and another $200 to psychological counseling. He spends an estimated $350 a month on medical care.”

In the meantime, although memories of Zimmerman grow dim for most of us, not so Freedom Side, a “coalition of young people, which initially came together in the weeks after the acquittal of Trayvon Martin’s killer.” According to a press release, the group announced that it will kick off “a summer-long campaign with a silent march tomorrow in Nashville, Tennessee to highlight the mass criminalization of black and brown youth.”

Tomorrow’s action is designed to dramatize the effects of policies such as zero-tolerance school discipline policies, racial profiling by police, and the mass criminalization of undocumented immigrants. It signals a clear intention for their message to be heard: their lives, their voices and their votes matter.

I could go on and on — the press release certainly does — but I suspect you get the point.

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Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy has written for The Blaze, HotAir, NewsBusters, Weasel Zippers, Conservative Firing Line, RedCounty, and New York’s Daily News. He has one published novel, Hot Rain, (G. P. Putnam’s Sons), and has been a guest on Radio Vice Online with Jim Vicevich, The Alana Burke Show, Smart Life with Dr. Gina, and The George Espenlaub Show.


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