George Zimmerman, who shot and killed Trayvon Martin in 2012, is suing Democratic presidential candidates Pete Buttigieg and Elizabeth Warren for $265 million, claiming they defamed him in tweets (via Washington Times).
Here are the tweets Zimmerman is suing over, which were posted earlier this month on what would have been Trayvon Martin’s 25th birthday.
Zimmerman was a neighborhood watch volunteer in a Florida community when he shot Martin after a confrontation between the two.
Last year, a jury decided that Elon Musk’s tweets calling a man who assisted in rescuing 13 people from a Thailand cave a “pedo guy” weren’t defamation, meaning Musk wouldn’t be held liable for damages.
(You can read more reporting about that case here and here.) And in 2014, a Los Angeles jury found that singer Courtney Love did not defame her former fraud litigation attorney with a public tweet that she thought was sent as a direct message.