George Zimmerman: Persona Non Grata

Yesterday some jailhouse audiotapes of conversations between George Zimmerman and his wife were released. I haven’t listened to them, but there’s a description in the Orlando Sentinel.

The recordings show that from his jail cell, Zimmerman gave his wife step-by-step instructions on how to change a password and clear security questions so she could move money, gave her orders to withdraw specific amounts and directed her to pay the bills.

Prosecutors allege the couple was moving money out of an Internet PayPal account that was awash with donations for Zimmerman, who’s charged with second-degree murder in one of the most racially-charged criminal cases in the country. He shot Trayvon Martin, an unarmed black 17-year-old, in Sanford Feb. 26.

The couple spoke in code, according to prosecutor Bernie de la Rionda. In the calls Zimmerman makes repeated reference to “Peter Pan,” an apparent reference to PayPal.

Joe Coscarelli provides a bit of transcript in New York magazine.

SHELLIE: After this, we go over, you’re gonna be able to just, have a great life.
SHELLIE: Yeah, we will. You’re
ZIMMERMAN: I’m (inaudible) excited.
SHELLIE: Yeah, you should be. You should be excited.

In other words, these two seem to think they had just hit the mother lode. And you’ll love this bit:

They also discussed Zimmerman getting out on bail, and how to keep him from the press. The Sentinel reports that his choice of words was not ideal:

… “Well, I have my hoodie,” he says, a possible joke, referring to the hooded sweatshirt Trayvon Martin wore the night Zimmerman shot him in Sanford, Feb. 26.


Zimmerman’s lawyer Mark O’Mara has filed a motion asking the Court to reconsider an order to release all of the audiotapes. He says the Zimmermans were not talking about the money on those tapes, so the public doesn’t need to hear them. Still …

The really remarkable thing about the audiotape release is that they’ve made very little splash in the blogosphere. Even righties who have blogged exhaustively about every news story about what Zimmerman’s second cousin’s garage mechanic said about the shooting are oddly subdued about the newly released recordings. Poster boy remorse?


I am still soliciting donations for Lily’s vet bill. I’m so sad she can’t be saved, but I think I would have been a lot sadder if I hadn’t tried because the bill would put me in a hole. But what’s done is done. Please help if you can.

All donations of any amount are deeply appreciated.

8 thoughts on “George Zimmerman: Persona Non Grata

  1. So, neither Mr. nor Mrs. Zimmerman were freedom-fighting Conservative MENSA members – and more likely to be asked to join DENSA.
    Who knew!

    And there’s nothing worse that you can do as a new Conservative hers, than to embarrass other Conservatives.
    They’ll “disappear” them faster than Stalin.

    Well, Zimmerman’s, so much for living on Easy Street. Instead, you’ll end up on Sleazy Street, where you belong – after (hopefully) long prison terms for both of you.

    I love happy endings, don’t you?

  2. This sordid incident relates shamefully to the Rodney King beating and to King’s death. The idea that we are a nation of laws is one thing, but we must work even harder to be a nation of justice. And by justice I mean fairness, despite all the laughter that gets aimed at my altruistic notions.

  3. Not laughing at your notions, Bill. And I am so impressed at your efforts towards animals in need. Do keep on with that altruism!

  4. Hit the jackpot; shoot a minority TODAY.

    I hope the guy gets a long sentence, and his spouse as well (perjury? money laundering?), but all it takes is ONE clueless sympathizer on the jury and he could “walk”– at least on the murder charge. The perjury would be separate.

  5. Ok I gotta weigh in here, and geez I hope this comment isn’t lost in space. This has been bugging me , well since I heard at least 150 k had been raised on this “defense fund web site” set up to con stupid people into giving this asshole money for shooting a (insert “N” word here).I HATE the word with a passion but this is what has happened- they gave money to this guy BECAUSE he killed a black kid. So much for “Thou shall not kill”. Notice how the bible only applies at
    certain times? I call it selective religion. I guess my eyes are bad, because I never noticed the “*” after the commandment that sends you to the small print at the bottom of the page that says *”unless it is a black kid with skittles, ect”.

    So this is an issue that has always hit close to “home” for me. No pun intended.But
    think about this: Here where I live, in crappy Des Moines Iowa repo homes are cheap.In a neighborhood that is fairly safe , not upscale, but a modest working class neighborhood home- you can get a home for between 18 to 25 k. If your not too good to live in a mobile home you can find them from 3-8k,, but lets assume for this conversation a single family home is the goal.

    IF they raised only 150k, that money could have bought and paid for 6!! families to have a forever home.6 families!!!!who never killed anyone.I have met people with kids living in tents near the river. I saw them when I stayed at the domestic violence shelter. There is no reward for never hurting anyone or running from violence but killing a black youth pays so well that these folks are “excited” to have such a bright future ahead of them. Justice huh?

    Oh and those rightie blogs?: they don’t have “remorse” that word does not exist in rightie land. They gave up shame decades ago. They are not done defending this asshole, they just avoid any FACT that gets in the way. This is nothing new. They gloss over anything that gets in the way like it never even happened and to them it probably never did. Why say more? they already told you these are a bunch of mean liberal activist judges picking on that nice zimmerman family.

    Here is what I wish would happen. I would like the names of everyone who gave to this “defense fund”. I bet Alec could be traced to that donor list. Also I certainly hope the zimmerman family pays taxes on that income because it would be a real shame if they lied to the IRS like they have the court.I would be willing to bet those “donations” are still pouring in.

    The people donating wouldn’t help a homeless person to save their own lives – that would be a handout but they have plenty to give away to a killer so he and his white trash wife can pay off their bills and have a nice comfy life.Trickle down really does work! Ahhhh rightie charity!

  6. I still wrangle with select acquaintances who had characterized those against the extra-judicial diversion of this matter away from a court trial as a “rush to judgment”. In their minds not being able to shoot each and every person they’re afraid of at the drop of a hat means they’re oppressed and are being denied they’re liberty and freedom. it’s hardly a stretch to suspect that the contributors might fall into such a demographic. I know people like this so it’s very real to me. Most feel emasculated without their guns and many of their pickups bear confederate flags.

    P.S. donation form rejects both CCs and I use them every day. Message was “The card you entered cannot be used for this payment. Please enter a different credit or debit card number.” Any suggestions? Could be location dependent rpoblem so will try elsewhere later.

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