George Zimmerman sues family of Trayvon Martin, others for $100 million

George Zimmerman looks at the jury as he testifies in a Seminole County courtroom in Orlando Fla

George Zimmerman, who was acquitted of murder after fatally shooting unarmed black teen Trayvon Martin in a 2012 case that drew attention across the United States, sued Martin's family and lawyers on Wednesday, claiming they used a fake witness to incriminate him.

He argued that he shot Martin in self-defense under Florida's "Stand Your Ground" law.

"Zimmerman, who faced a life sentence had he been wrongly convicted, based on the alleged false evidence, is suing for damages in excess of $100 million", Klayman said.

Crump in a statement described the lawsuit as "reckless" and "another failed attempt to defend the indefensible and a shameless attempt to profit off the lives and grief of others".

As you'll recall, Trayvon was visiting his father in Sanford, Florida on February 26, 2012, and was returning from a store with candy when he was killed by Zimmerman, who had reported him to cops as suspicious. The teen, who was in the area visiting his father's house, had been at the store buying candy and was returning home when Zimmerman, who had previously called the cops to report the boy as suspicious, confronted him.

His trial and subsequent acquittal exposed deep racial divides in United States society, in a case that sparked nationwide protests. A jury acquitted Zimmerman of all charges in 2013. Zimmerman claims he was the victim of a conspiracy, along with malicious prosecution and defamation.

The attorney said the allegations did not emerge at the trial and that "the fraud was perpetuated on the court".

Zimmerman is being represented by Larry Klayman, who founded the right-wing activist group Judicial Watch in 1994.

Crump said in a statement on behalf of the Martin family that the "tale" in the lawsuit "defies all logic, and it's time to close the door on these baseless imaginings".

The attorney who represented Martin's family, Ben Crump, went on to write a book titled "Open Season: Legalized Genocide of Colored People", which was published by Harper Collins in October.

The details that followed remain in dispute, with Zimmerman claiming he was attacked by Martin and defended himself.

Last July, an ethics committee of the bar in the District of Columbia recommended that Klayman's law license be suspended for more than two years. Zimmerman claimed that he would donate part of the proceeds from the auction to fighting Black Lives Matter. But the venue, Coral Gables Art Cinema, tweeted Wednesday that it was canceling the rental arrangement, saying it had been unaware of the details.

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