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  •  No. This "fact" does not appear to be true. (3+ / 0-)
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    See waaay upthread.

    The rollingout post even botches the original claim, that he was a magistrate in Virginia, and simply makes up the notion that he was one in OC, Florida. There is no link supporting that, and so far I have seen ZERO evidence for it.

    •  There is an Orange County (2+ / 0-)
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      in VA, too, between Charlottesville and the Northern Virginia suburban counties.  They may have simply misidentified the Orange County.

      His father worked as a "magistrate" (in the Commonwealth of VA many of the state and local governing and judicial entities still use the older English names, since a lot of the structures of both civil and judicial systems date from colonial times) in the Commonwealth of Virginia court system, and then retired to FL.  

      Words can sometimes, in moments of grace, attain the quality of deeds. --Elie Wiesel

      by a gilas girl on Tue Mar 27, 2012 at 08:27:40 PM PDT

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      •  Could be. (0+ / 0-)

        It's possible that the father was a magistrate in Orange County, VA, but I'd be surprised -- he lived in Manassas, which is in a different magisterial region and is quite a commute from much of OC. Given that GZ's arrests were in OC, Florida, I think it's more likely the blog just got it wrong.

        I've been repeating the "magistrate in VA, retired to FL" explanation too, but I now realize the only source for the first part of that is the report that George claimed it to be so on an application to a police academy. I'd love it if you have a better source confirming that he was actually was a magistrate.

        The bottom line as far as this story goes is that even if Daddy was a magistrate in VA, it would give him no real or apparent authority in Florida. Magistrates in VA during the relevant years didn't even have to be college grads, never mind attorneys. I can't imagine that credential, if he has it, would have impressed the local LEOs or prosecutors.

        •  Yes...I looked up a report over the weekend (2+ / 0-)
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          and there was a magistrate named Zimmerman who shows up in several court documents, but I didn't dig any farther than noted the name was present on the documents.  

          In actuality, the commute from Manassas into Orange County really isn't that great; I have a friend who makes it daily, lives in Manassas Park and teaches school in Orange County, so it can be (and often is) done. I don't find it to be that much of a stretch to imagine.

          I do not, however, know which magisterial region this Zimmerman presided in.  But one wouldn't necessarily have to live in the same region where one worked.

          I brought this up only because there has been so much jumping to conclusion, and this was one instance where at least some of the "jumping" might be visible -- it is a plausible mistake to make.

          Words can sometimes, in moments of grace, attain the quality of deeds. --Elie Wiesel

          by a gilas girl on Tue Mar 27, 2012 at 09:53:36 PM PDT

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