George and Shellie Zimmerman really should have no expectation of privacy. Their personal bank statements and phone conversations have been released to the public by Special Prosecutor Angela Corey and the Twitter buzz has been pretty brutal as well.
Angela Corey, who has been publicly criticized by Harvard Law School professor Alan Dershowitz as being motivated by politics, has aggressively disagreed with his assessment, and even called Harvard to deliver a "40-minute rant" against the professor to one of his colleagues.
The phone calls reveal that the couple is in love, and that they discuss purchasing bullet proof vests. They also discuss their finances. At issue are their bank transfers. Prosecutors allege that the couple had access to at least $130,000 in mid-April, just before Zimmerman was freed from the Seminole County Jail on a $150,000 bond, according to the Orlando Sentinel. How often are personal calls from a man who has not been convicted released to the public?
According to the article, "Neither he nor his wife say anything angry, ugly or racist. They make no direct reference to Trayvon Martin or to the criminal charge Zimmerman faces. He also does not complain about being in jail or its conditions. In a call April 12, the day after his arrest, Zimmerman says he is thrilled by all the money and support his website has generated. "Oh, man, that feels good," he tells his wife, "... that there are people in America that care."
They discuss their safety in leaving prison and talk about possibly renting a car, presumably to throw off anyone who may want to harm them. Well, now that the calls are made public, that plan should change.
Shellie Zimmerman was arrested last week on perjury charges, accused of misrepresenting the couple's finances. She was shortly released on $1,000 bond. Judge Kenneth Lester noted in the bond revocation order that "Zimmerman's wife had "testified untruthfully" about her husband's finances at his initial bond hearing and that Zimmerman had failed to tell the court about one of his two passports," as reported by USA Today. After the arrest, Twitter lit up with some choice things to say about Shellie.
Twitter Death Threats
Although her time in jail was brief, Twitchy reports that Twitter's lynch mob was already up and running. Some of the tweets are imaginative, to say the least. One says, "F**K ZIMMERMAN BOTH OF THEM!!!! They can eat a wild raccoon d--k that got rabies and anthrax in his system." Another exclaims, "f**k them with a broken bottle. in the a**." Yet another says, "they both need to die."
Are death threats on social networking sites legal? The myriad of death threats made to Scott Walker, for example, after his victory in the historic recall election are being investigated. Will these death threats be investigated, as well?
George and Shellie Zimmerman have a long uphill battle, seemingly dealing with tough prosecutors and a tougher media, which from the beginning, has portrayed George Zimmerman as a racist renegade, even before evidence in the case was known. It seems that his wife is under attack, as well. Is justice blind in this case?