“[He] got away with murder…but you can’t get away from God.” Regardless of your religious persuasion of perspective on causality, it’s hard to deny that these words from Maddy (aka “Juror B29”) have proven prophetic. It’s hard being George Zimmerman these days, as his latest arrest for domestic violence shows.
On Monday, Zimmerman and his latest girlfriend, Samantha Scheibe, got into a domestic altercation that (according to her) ended with him breaking a glass end table and pointing a shotgun in her face. Afterward, she says Zimmerman pushed her out of her own home while she was on the phone with 911, barricaded himself inside the house and called 911 himself to get his version of the story on record while police were outside, attempting to break down the barricade.
It’s almost as though he’s done this before.
According to Scheibe, the argument started when she told Zimmerman to get out of the house. Zimmerman says that the argument started when Scheibe (who said she was pregnant) told him she wanted to raise the child on her own. According to Zimmerman, he peaceably began packing his belongings and went to leave. That’s when she broke the end table, called 911 and began backing out of the house. Zimmerman said his “girlfriend had gone crazy on him.”
The old “hysterical bitch” defense. Gotcha.
Zimmerman’s girlfriend tells a different story. According to Scheibe, she kicked him out and told him to pack his belongings. (Which, knowing Zimmerman’s history regarding “leaving when exes ask him to,” probably wasn’t the safest course of action.) His belongings, of course, included his shotgun and AR-15. Zimmerman, who she claimed had been suicidal and had said he had “nothing left to lose,” allegedly pulled the shotgun from its case, broke a pair of her sunglasses (and possibly the glass table) and pointed then gun at her face. She claimed that he attempted to choke her at one point.
She was already on the phone with 911. Here’s the audio of that call:
“He’s in my house, breaking all of my sh*t because I asked him to leave. He has his freaking gun, breaking all of my stuff right now. ” To Zimmerman, in the background “I’M doing this again? You just broke my glass table, you just broke my sunglasses, and you put your gun in my freaking face, and told me to ‘get the f*ck out?’ Because this is YOUR house. No, get out of here.”
She repeatedly tells him to leave, and he proceeds to push her out of the house and lock her out while she’s on the phone with 911. She desperately tells the 911 operator:
“He knows how to do this. He knows how to play this game.“
Zimmerman, well aware of the importance of a strategic 911 recording, proved his aptitude shortly afterward. As the police attempted to ram through the door, he placed this call:
He told the dispatcher that the police were outside with his girlfriend, and the police were attempting to get in. The 911 operator asks him why, if the police were already there, he didn’t just go out and talk to them:
“They’re pretty upset, banging on the door and the window.” The operator asks if he just didn’t want to speak with them, and he replies, “I don’t have anything to say.” He then said “She was throwing the bag out, and one of the bags was my firearms [the shotgun]. I never pulled a firearm, and I never displayed it. When I was packing it, I’m sure she saw it — we keep it next to the bed.”
According to Zimmerman, “his woman” essentially developed a massive case of schizophrenic Jekyll and Hyde syndrome when first she told him she wanted him to leave, and then “went crazy” as he amicably attempted to do so. Apparently, Zimmerman refused to argue with her because “She’s pregnant, and I didn’t want to put her through that kind of stress.”
Deputy Dennis Lemma said at a news conference afterward that Scheibe wasn’t pregnant.
After Scheibe provided them with a key and the police broke past the barricade, they arrested him and hauled him (back) to jail on charges of aggravated assault, battery and criminal mischief. Judge Frederic Schott set a $9,000 bond for Zimmerman, who is utterly destitute, according to his public defender: flat broke, about $2 million in debt for killing Trayvon Martin, with about $150 in his pocket and almost no possibility of employment in Florida.
Zimmerman also lost his right to own a gun or ammunition, or leave the state while on bail, proof that Karma via causality exists.
Zimmerman expects a full acquittal. This time, Zimmerman is just another broke guy with a record and a public defender. And he’s Hispanic, in Florida. He’ll be lucky not to get the chair.
Zimmerman might not be able to get better than a public pretender this time, but that doesn’t mean a few high-profile lawyers aren’t chiming in. Probably the best quote comes from Frank A. Rubino of Miami, who made his name defending General Manuel Noriega. Yes, THAT General Noriega. When he heard Zimmerman’s 911 call on television, Rubino’s gut reaction was:
“This sounds staged. Didn’t Zimmerman sound way too calm? He knows well — and everybody else knows — that those tapes are admissible in court, and it’s a way for him to make a positive statement on a very bad situation.” He drove the point home, saying “It’s like he was trying to be really calm and saying, ‘My crazy girlfriend is doing all this stuff.’ I think he was trying to create a defense.“
That last part about remaining calm is relevant here; Zimmerman knows well that “excited utterance” exceptions to cross-examination rules can allow a defendant to “testify” with a 911 call without having to get on the stand and open themselves up to cross-examination.
Indeed, Zimmerman seems to know the game well. Unfortunately for George, every one of his cards hit the table in the last hand, and he’s left with few trumps these days. Since Martin’s murder, Zimmerman’s historical cards are face-up for all to see. They include:
- In 2005, Zimmerman was fired from his job as a bouncer because of his temper. According to a co-worker, Zimmerman on one occasion went into a fit of rage, picked up a female customer and threw her, causing her to twist her ankle. Zimmerman was, in the co-worker’s words, “a liability.“
- Zimmerman once faced charges of resisting an officer with violence and battery on a LEO.
- In a previous case, Zimmerman was slapped with a restraining order by an ex-girlfriend, who claimed that he had repeatedly hit her in the face, taken her phone, refused to leave her home and forcibly threw her on the bed for sex despite her repeated objections. She said Zimmerman was drunk, groping her and proclaiming that “she was his woman.”
- Earlier this year, Zimmerman faced domestic violence charges from his wife Shellie, who claimed that he had assaulted her father and broken her stuff.
Refusing to leave a woman’s home when asked? Check. Violence with a gun? Check. Violence against women and other unarmed individuals? Check. Restraining orders for the same?Check. Breaking stuff (and people) in fits of rage? Check. Using legal technicalities and the court of public opinion to get away with acts of violence? Check.
A $2 Million lawyer and leagues of racist followers? Maybe not so much this time.
H/T: The Huffington Post