Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Martin shooter George Zimmerman takes to the Internet, Paypal for defense funds

George Zimmerman has taken to the Internet to fund his legal campaign, as he's created a website dedicated to collecting donations to help assist him in his defense. Zimmerman, 28, is also using another relatively new technological service to foster those donations: PayPal.

George Zimmerman shot and killed unarmed Trayvon Martin, 17, in Sanford, Florida on Feb. 26. He has never been arrested, although he has been questioned. Since the case became a national story, it's been revealed that Chris Serino, the lead investigator in the case, wanted to arrest Zimmerman that evening, but was told he could not, due to the state's "Stand Your Ground" law.

A special prosecutor was appointed by the governor. No charges have been filed, but Florida State Attorney Angela Corey has said that she will not convene a grand jury, but instead decide on whether or not to charge Zimmerman on her own.

On the site, there are a number of sub-pages, including The Facts, My Race, Album, and Contact. All of those are minimally populated. "The Facts" doesn't discuss anything about the case or the events of that night, per se, although it does say:

"I am grateful to my friends that have come to my aid, whether publicly or personally, never questioning my integrity or actions, understanding that I cannot discuss the details of the event on February 26th, and allowing law enforcement to proceed with their investigation unhindered. Once again, I thank you for your patience and I assure you, the facts will come to light."

Meanwhile, "My Race" does not discuss Zimmerman's ethnicity (he is Hispanic-American), but says only the following quote from Thomas Paine, "The world is my country, all mankind are my brethren, and to do good is my religion."

"Album" has one photo, a "Justice for Zimmerman" sign, and a quote from Henrik Ibsen, "A thousand words will not leave so deep an impression as one deed."

While a domain name registry check indicates that the domain was registered over the prior weekend, on April 8, it wasn't until Tuesday that the George Zimmerman website called therealgeorgezimmerman.com first gained public notice. Zimmerman's lawyers have confirmed the authenticity of the site.

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