Apparently, CNN is now worrying about what poor George is going to do for a living.
For the 29-year-old Florida man, the financial picture is cloudy. Critics have already accused Zimmerman of profiting from the case. Will the donations keep pouring in? Will he win a monetary reward in his defamation lawsuit against NBC? Could he cash in on his personal story with a book or movie deal?We already have a template for how to derail any book deal, at least with a reputable publisher.
But while the juror's remarks were being broadcast over CNN, an online backlash was already underway. A collection of tweets by Twitter user @MoreAndAgain showed the mounting pressure on Los Angeles-based Martin Literary Management agency president Sharlene Martin to drop the juror's book deal.Of course, the wingnut welfare industry might pick up the slack. A commenter in another diary suggested a Fox News gig.
I say the Martins should sue George Zimmerman and seek punitive damages. The standard of proof will be the preponderance of the evidence, and the elements will not include "malice." All they have to prove is that Zimmerman acted in "willful and wanton disregard" for Trayvon Martin's rights. If they prove that, they can win punitive damages, which Zimmerman will not be able to discharge in bankruptcy.
Then they can levy on every dime he earns from book deals and movie rights . . . whether from the rightwing noise machine or some legitimate media outlet.
If you liked the diary, you'll love the video.