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Open Letter To George Zimmerman

April 10, 2012

Neighborhood Watch poster child George Zimmerman is finally speaking out.

As we all know police declined to arrest Zimmerman after he shot and killed an unarmed teenager in a Sanford gated community, saying they found no evidence to contradict his account that he acted in self-defense. Police cited Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” law, which allows people to use deadly force against adversaries when they fear great bodily harm or death.

However, defense lawyers with experience litigating “Stand Your Ground” cases say Zimmerman, if he is charged, faces significant challenges in order to assert immunity under that law.

Now Zimmerman has created a website to raise money for his legal defense and living expenses while he awaits the decision over possible charges against him.

The website,, offers one of the first publicly available comments from Zimmerman since he went into hiding after the shooting on February 26.

“I was involved in a life altering event which led me to become the subject of intense media coverage,” Zimmerman says on the home page.

“As a result of the incident and subsequent media coverage, I have been forced to leave my home, my school, my employer, my family and ultimately, my entire life.”

Here is my open letter to George Zimmerman which I submitted to his website:

All we want is for you to tell the truth–to tell your side of the story but to tell the truth.  If you believe in the Stand Your Ground law, you must understand that your case will surely become the legal test for this law in Florida and across the land.  The validity of this law will be determined in large part by how you respond with the TRUTH.  Is this situation fair?  No.  But we all must take responsibility for our actions and, intentional or not, you chose to go down this path.  I feel your pain and would not wish what you have already been through on anyone.  But I sincerely hope you do the right thing.

Mick Dolan


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