As a-b-s-o-l-u-t-e-l-y expected, Judge Debra Nelson agrees with defendant (NBC) motion and dismisses the lawsuit by George Zimmerman against NBC for slander/defamation.
There really was no other way this court was going to rule. Judge Debra Nelson was the same judge from the original criminal trial. Two things were brutally obvious:
Firstly, she is horridly inept in legal analysis and opinion. Nelson relies heavily on her judicial clerks to form and write her decisions. Subsequently, in the higher profile Zimmerman case, her staff level decision making was exposed and she was twice reversed in pre-trial rulings by the 5th Florida DCA.
Those ruling reversals were before the Zimmerman trial formerly started – and there were at least 4 or 5 more pre-trial decisions the defense team could have easily appealed and won, but just chose not to. Including the actual start date of the trial itself which she refused to delay even after the 5th DCA reversed her deposition rulings -in favor of defense- 3 days before trial start was scheduled.
Secondly, Nelson’s actual trial rulings were generally flawed; and most legal analysts would agree she was/is legally weak-minded. However, worse than the absence of legal acumen was her visible bias against the defendant, Zimmerman, and his defense.
There were more than several trial rulings which placed easy appeals wins on “Tees”. [Let’s not forget Nelson demanded to know, before the witnesses were finished, if Zimmerman himself was going to take the stand].
Fortunately, and despite Nelson’s earnest efforts to the contrary, the jury found Zimmerman not-guilty and there was no further need to track appellate issues. However, that does not remove the blatant bias exhibited by Judge Nelson toward the Defense.
So does it really surprise anyone that today Judge Nelson ruled that NBC can take action to make George Zimmerman a public figure, and then hide from their conduct liability by claiming he was a public figure ?
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Or the familiar Orlando Sentinel, and Martin Family apologist, Rene Stutzman who opines:
Circuit Judge Debra S. Nelson ruled that the former Neighborhood Watch volunteer is entitled to no money from the media giant.
She issued a summary judgment in the network’s favor, meaning that unless an appeals court reverses her, the case is now dead. (read more)
Yes, yes, yes…. of course the Zimmerman attorney’s (Beasley Group) can appeal, and yes, of course, they would easily win the appeal. But to what end ?
Just like the Criminal trial, the civil team will win the appeal, and will find themselves back in Judge Nelson’s courtroom yet again – facing her, yet again – as she has been smacked down, yet again- and hope for what ?
A change in her perspectives ? A sudden infusion of impartial consideration ?
Go to the root of the matter and you will find…. Judge Debra Nelson was/is the “be careful what you ask for judge” whose control of the case is a direct outcome of the insufferable ineptitude of legal representation(s) of George Zimmerman himself.
Everyone should learn a valuable lesson.
When you sense it ain’t right,….. it ain’t right.