George Zimmerman is feeling the pressure of the Trayvon Martin shooting and has launched a website called www.therealgeorgezimmerman.com Due to the high volumes of traffic the site may or may not give access at this time. The site is said to be for the people who support him and to collect donations for his everyday living and his legal defense. He wrote a personal letter that says:
I am the real George Zimmerman,
On Sunday February 26th, I was involved in a life altering event which led me to become the subject of intense media coverage.
As a result of the incident and subsequent media coverage, I have been forced to leave my home, my school, my employer, my family and ultimately, my entire life. This website's sole purpose is to ensure my supporters they are receiving my full attention without any intermediaries.
It has come to my attention that some persons and/or entities have been collecting funds, thinly veiled as my “Defense Fund” or "Legal Fund".
I cannot attest to the validity of these other websites as I have not received any funds collected, intended to support my family and I through this trying, tragic time.
I have created a Paypal account solely linked on this website as I would like to provide an avenue to thank my supporters personally and ensure that any funds provided are used only for living expenses and legal defense, in lieu of my forced inability to maintain employment.
I will also personally, maintain accountability of all funds received. I reassure you, every donation is appreciated.
Zimmerman's lawyers have confirmed to NBC News that the site is operated by Zimmerman himself. Earlier today, special prosecutor Angela Corey said she would not be using a grand jury to determine whether charges should be bought against Zimmerman.
A grand jury was scheduled to be convened tomorrow. Reports were saying that this was actually a 'positive sign' of the possiblility of charges being filed, although it's important to point outthe prosecutor said no assumptions should be made because of this decision. Reports were also stating that charges could be bought on Zimmerman as early as this week.
The Trayvon Martin case has captivated the nation and sparked outrage & national outcry. Martin was a 17-year-old African-American young teen who was killed by a neighborhood watchman, George Zimmerman, on the way from a 7-11 from buying Skittles & Arizona Iced Tea. Zimmerman, the shooter, claimed self-defense and was not arrested or charged with any crime. He hasn't still been arrested which has caused many to criticize the Sanford Police Department for its handling of the case.
Zimmerman already had an attorney, Craig Sooner, who was speaking out on his behalf. A new attorney, Hal Uhrig, has joined in for the defense on Zimmerman and has said some eyebrow raising things. Reutersreports:
SANFORD, Fla., April 6 (Reuters) – "Shaken Baby Syndrome" was cited on Friday in the defense of George Zimmerman, the Sanford, Florida, man who shot and killed unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin in a case that has sparked a widespread public outcry.
Hal Uhrig, a lawyer and former Gainesville, Florida, police officer who recently joined Zimmerman's defense team, cited in a TV interview the brain damage that can seriously injure or kill an infant.
His point, which has been made before, was that Zimmerman contends he shot Martin in self defense and feared for his life after the 17-year-old attacked him and began pounding his head into the concrete pavement of a gated community on a rainy evening in Sanford on Feb. 26.
But Uhrig's choice of words, and use of a recognized sign of child abuse to defend a 28-year-old man who killed a kid, seemed likely to raise more than just a few eyebrows.
"We're familiar with the Shaken Baby Syndrome," said Uhrig on the CBS This Morning program. "You shake a baby, the brain shakes around inside the skull. You can die when someone's pounding your head into the ground."
Apart from saying his client suffered a broken nose, Uhrig did not elaborate on the extent of any injuries Zimmerman actually suffered. But characteristic injuries associated with SBS, as Shaken Baby Syndrome is known, include bleeding in the brain. There are often no visible external signs such injuries have occurred.
Police have not arrested Zimmerman because the use of lethal force in self defense is permitted under the Stand Your Ground law approved by former Florida Governor Jeb Bush in 2005.
The lack of an arrest in the Martin case has triggered protests across the United States. A special prosecutor appointed by Governor Rick Scott is investigating to decide whether charges are warranted, amid allegations of racial profiling and initial police bungling of the case.
If it goes to trial, Uhrig said he and his fellow defense attorney, would defend Zimmerman under the Stand Your Ground statute.
"He didn't commit any crime," Uhrig said on CBS. "He was attacked, broke his nose, hit his head into the ground and he defended himself. That's not against the law."
A USA Today/Gallup poll published on Saturday showed that Americans are deeply divided across color lines in their opinions about Martin's killing.
Seventy-three percent of blacks in the survey said they believed Zimmerman, a white Hispanic, would have been arrested if the person he shot dead was white.
Only 33 percent of whites agreed with that view while the majority of whites polled, 52 percent, said race made no difference in the case.
(Reporting By Tom Brown; Editing by Philip Barbara)