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George Zimmerman considering it defamation lawsuit against NBC he is awaiting trial of course.
In the shooting death of Florida teenager -- on Martin.
NBC aired an edited version of the 911 call Zimmermann made during the incident.
Back in February take a listen to the clip NBC here.
This guy looks like he does no good.
And look block.
Our -- -- attorney calls that clip quote outrageous.
Because here's the full -- This guy looks like he's got Lugar is under their arms and training these streets.
Walk around -- and well.
Okay and the guys -- want barker spat it.
-- -- Let's bring in our news legal analyst Mercedes Colwin at least we -- Mercedes.
The edited version makes him sound like.
Only cares about the fact that the victim either alleged victim he is is African American makes him sound like racist when in truth.
You just answering a question.
If not unbelievable it is so outrageous and brought up to Zimmerman -- the legal team to come forward and say this is outrageous and yes I happened to -- it.
Their death threats prospective jurors because now there's a whole school people that prospective -- -- is going to -- Your target -- because you.
Nobody defamation defamation is a very difficult thing to prove in a nutshell is a false statement that damages someone's good name and reputation -- -- yet here let's put it up on the screen here's what.
He's got to -- Zimmerman in order to win.
-- that it was a false statement beat it it damaged his name see that he had a good -- to be damaged in this is the important one.
-- did NBC no it was -- or act recklessly.
But that only applies.
If he is a public figure is he.
I believe he is a public figure and involuntary puppetry didn't want to -- -- public figure but it's been proven case law that when you are charged with a crime a high profile -- at this you do become a public figure -- you want to or not involuntary.
That ratchets everything up to they've got to shout -- to determine his team to show actual malice or great disregard reckless distract us -- -- -- the -- so.
That is a very hyper and -- I don't disagree with your city playing Mercedes the producer.
Who helped put together the Clinton with the editor.
Had to know that it was faults off.
Isn't that actual mountain uncomfortably reckless disregard for the truth he heard it hit -- -- -- -- responding to the dispatcher asked is he why.
Hispanic black he.
Flat but some are you -- to eliminate the entire and then he will reflect standing he will respond but it wasn't actual mouse it was that -- -- the editor.
I think with what's -- honest mid day this -- you know and it would and it was -- retracted within lean days and that's the tribal issue.
Harris NBC should tire leasing giant defendant got real -- but it all and they get that hat -- series click.
This is absolute outrageous reckless -- yeah I can see.
You know people are under pressure editors and producers I I only can have a 152 sound -- Just cut it down the fifteenth and they go ahead and do it and they don't think about it.
How else to help the context of this is -- your recent months and months ago right as incidents happened.
We didn't know where they may not on this what I would -- if I was NBC that this was going to be such -- -- issue now here's the deal Mercedes.
Whenever a a defend and -- war in this case a news organization immediately.
Makes a correction -- retraction and apology as NBC did within days.
And it up firing a bunch of people over it doesn't that lessen Zimmerman is damages.
It would depends on you right you may be but it really depends on the level of injury to his reputation I -- frankly.
The fact that he's looked upon as being -- this young man just because of his race and the fact that he could ultimately they sit in a criminal trial without evidence here in the big official start coming in general decided the criminal try to -- it really has nothing do with what's that he's he's senator over the credit crippled progress really has nothing to do with what NBC seven and the civil trial just want to make clear -- -- civil yes and of course the first trial it -- -- -- criminal remnants.
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