by Patrick H. Moore
I predicted shortly after the George Zimmerman trial verdict that George simply would not be able to stay out of the news. I was convinced of this by his two unnecessary appearances during the first two weeks following his trial. First he appeared miraculously to help extricate the passengers in a overturned van near his condo in Sanford, Florida. A week later, he managed to get pulled over for speeding in Texas with his loaded gun in his glove compartment. The handwriting was on the wall. George would not be able to stay out of the limelight. He loves it too much.
So I was not surprised last week when George toured the same gun manufacturer who built the 9mm Kel-Tec pistol that George fired when he killed Trayvon Martin. It was the very epitome of bad taste, a slap in the face of everyone who feels the verdict could have or should have been different, or who simply values human life, for that matter. But I’m not hear to talk about the trial. George’s bad taste, however, in touring the factory, crossed over from simple bad taste — which I would expect from him — into utter boorishness.
How do I know this? Good question, I am probably biased. So let’s ignore my viewpoint for the moment and turn to that bastion of conservative Southern values, George’s very own defense lawyer Mark O’Mara. Whatever you may think about his politics, O’Mara, who is clearly the product of “good breeding”, was so appalled by Zimmerman’s fall from grace that he felt compelled to have a spokesman, Shawn Vincent, issue a pointed statement:
“We certainly would not have advised him to go to the factory that made the gun that he used to shoot Trayvon Martin through the heart. That was not part of our public relations plan.”
Celebrity news website TMZ posted a photo of Zimmerman at the Kel-Tec plant in Cocoa, shaking hands with an employee and flashing that famous Zimmerman smirk. TMZ claimed that he asked questions about the legality of buying a Kel-Tec KSG, a 12-gauge pump-action shotgun.
So that’s our George. I’m not sure that we can put him in the same class of legendary boor as Gilberton Borough Suspended Sheriff Mark Kessler, but based on George’s recent actions, he may be gaining ground.
So, I am not surprised to hear George’s wife Shellie Zimmerman join in the chorus of those folks who know George well and either are becoming disillusioned with America’s “Stand Your Ground” champion, or are already disillusioned. It’s been a tough week for Shellie who was just sentenced to one year of probation and 100 hours of community service for lying about the couple’s finances when George was trying to get bail. Cad that he is, George did not even have the decency to attend his wife’s sentencing. This, after Shellie devotedly sat there in court day after day throughout George’s trial.
Kevin Dolak of ABC News writes:
The Florida investigative journalist who is the first reporter to sit down with George Zimmerman’s wife, Shellie, said that during their “stunning” hourlong interview, the acquitted killer’s wife said that her husband has “beaten down her self-esteem,” but she is “looking forward to getting her life back.”
“George Zimmerman has beaten down her self-esteem,” O’Connor told ABCNews.com, adding that Shellie is using this opportunity for a new start. “She has a moment in the spotlight. She wants everyone to know that she changed her life.”
Shellie also told O’Connor that her marriage is on shaky ground, and she has feared for her life and been constantly on the move, living like “gypsies,” since her husband killed Martin in February 2012.
It’s clear that the aftermath of the shooting and the time leading up to the trial put a major strain on the couple’s relationship.
“It put great stress on their marriage,” O’Connor said. “Constantly having to move. She got threats. A lot of threats. She doesn’t want to reveal from who…. They are constantly living under fear of being attacked.”
O’Connor, who is working on a book about the George Zimmerman trial, also hinted that there was evidence that was mishandled, saying that during the sensational trial, “there were so many untruths told.”
“What the jury never heard could have led to a different verdict,” she said.
Shellie Zimmerman also stated that she did not she did believe that her husband’s visit to the gun factory was “right” or “sensitive.” And though she has never spoken to Martin’s parents, she said, “I’m so deeply sorry for their loss. I can’t even begin to understand the grief that a parent experiences when they lose a child.”
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Although Shellie Zimmerman has obviously been through a great deal, there’s one thing that she should be (and probably is) very grateful for. It appears that she will never have to sit at the dinner table with George and a son or daughter and think:
‘Oh my little sweethearts, how I hate myself for saddling you with such an awful father.’
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