Et tu, Shellie?

Two bits of news on l’affaire Zimmerman:

Shellie Zimmerman plea: George Zimmerman’s wife gets probation in plea deal

Shellie Zimmerman, the wife of acquitted murder suspect George Zimmerman, admitted Wednesday that she had committed perjury to help her husband get out of jail and agreed to a plea deal that requires her to serve a year of probation.

Shellie Zimmerman had been charged with felony perjury, which carried a possible sentence of five years in prison. Instead, she negotiated a a deal to plead guilty to a less serious crime — misdemeanor perjury.

She was composed during her 10-minute hearing, answering questions from Circuit Judge Marlene Alva in a clear, confident voice, saying, “Yes, ma’am,” when asked if she understood what she was doing.

She did not apologize in court, but in a letter to Circuit Judge Kenneth Lester Jr., the judge to whom she was untruthful, she wrote, “By lying under oath, I let my God down, I let your Honor and the court down, I let my family and my friends down, and most of all, I let myself down. In the future, no matter what the consequences, I will tell the truth because in the end all you have is your integrity.”

She says she did it and I won’t argue, even though I have seen innocent people plead guilty before. Either way, her guilt or innocence has nothing to do with her husband’s.

But wait! There’s more!

George Zimmerman’s Wife Says He Has ‘Beaten Down Her Self Esteem’

The Florida investigative journalist who is the first reporter to sit down with George Zimmerman’s wife, Shellie, said that during their “stunning” hourlong interview, the acquitted killer’s wife said that her husband has “beaten down her self-esteem,” but she is “looking forward to getting her life back.”

Christi O’Connor spoke with today about her experience locking down an interview with Shellie Zimmerman as the media focused its attention on her husband, who was acquitted of second-degree murder charges in the death of Trayvon Martin, an unarmed 17-year-old, in Sanford, Fla., in February 2012.


Shellie also told O’Connor that the aftermath of the shooting and months until the trial put a major strain on the couple’s relationship.

“It put great stress on their marriage,” she said. “Constantly having to move. She got threats. A lot of threats. She doesn’t want to reveal from who…. They are constantly living under fear of being attacked.”

O’Connor, who is working on a book about the George Zimmerman trial, also hinted that there was evidence that was mishandled, saying that during the sensational trial, “there were so many untruths told.”

“What the jury never heard could have led to a different verdict,” she said.

As bad as that sounds I’m gonna go out on a limb and predict that the unedited video of her interview won’t sound nearly so bad. Or then again, maybe it’ll be even worse.

But y’all will see it before I do. The interview will be air on Good Morning America this morning.

Let me know how it turns out.


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68 Responses to Et tu, Shellie?

  1. The Klown says:

    If I was the Martin family attorney I would be subpoenaing the video already.

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    • DandyTIger says:

      Stories like this give Reggie Love nightmares.

    • Erica says:

      A very interesting and well-written novel about North Korea is The Orphan Master’s Son. The plot feels fantastical at times, but what happened to those performers would have fit right into that book, which used interviews and news stories about NK as the basis of the plot.

      It was an eerie read, given our political climate. And if I never hear the phrase Dear Leader again, I’ll be just fine.

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  8. lyn says:

    Shellie needs her 15 minutes.

    • jeffhas says:

      My take is every story (marriage) is complicated…. We all know things about our spouses that are not savory or could be spun from a perspective that is not savory.

      It’s one of the reasons you call it a marriage – even in perspective (like everything else in a marriage) you must compromise.

      She’s allowed to have her view, and after all she has been through, she’s even allowed to have her say…. But it disappoints when you break the compromising bond that you shared during a marriage – I’m sure George could (and may) do the same… But, it’s sad, because marriage used to be for life (’til death do you part), and nowadays nothing is sacred, no one has any scruples, and taking the high road for if nothing else the institution of marriage just doesn’t seem to be in the cards for our society. What a shame to those would could’ve known a love for their ages.

      • elliesmom says:

        My mother once remarked that she didn’t know how Elliesdad and I could have been married so long and never had a fight about anything. I told her we were a match made in heaven. Which, if I believed in heaven, would be true. We made a pact over 40 years ago that “whatever happens at home stays at home”, and both of us have kept it. It’s easier to forgive and forget if you don’t have to justify it to a third party – or in this case the world.

        • jeffhas says:

          My wife and I bicker lots, but it’s small potatoes – even the ‘BIG FIGHTS’ which are generally between us are small in scale to the totality of the relationship… and sometimes people see it, but they know we’ve been together forever, so who cares – move on… we try to practice the ‘stay at home’ credo as much as possible.

          I agree about getting third parties involved, it’s a loser for someone (usually the third party) for sure.

          I just think that Marriage is exactly what the word implies MARRIAGE, not servitude or dominance, but shared responsibility and compromising ones own ego – which is not the same as letting someone walk all over you (but choose your battles, and not EVERY battle)…

          AND… Marriage (IMO) is not something to take lightly, breeze through or worse burn through at a successive rate. If you get married more than three times, that should be a red flag for everyone who meets you – and I’m not talkin’ just about potential suitors – what about potential long term business associates, friends, etc?. If you want to wander in and out of commitment, that’s cool, it’s your life, but don’t drag other people into something they might feel is supposed to be for life if you think it’s only for a weekend, or month or year, or whatever…. that’s why the priest says “’til death do you part”.

        • elliesmom says:

          We’re at 40 years and counting. It’s been a roller coaster, but we happen to like amusement parks. We only argue about important things like which route is shorter. Little things like money we “discuss”.

        • The Klown says:

          I am no expert in how to stay married, but I could write a book on how to get divorced. If people knew how to not get divorced there would be a lot more long-term marriages.

          Some couples never should have got married. Not much you can do about those. But some couples never should have got divorced. They just didn’t know how to stay together.

      • votermom says:

        Adversity can either make a marriage stronger or it can break a marriage.
        It all depends on whether the couple chooses to face adversity by having each other’s backs or by turning on on each other.

        • DeniseVB says:

          Miss Shellie doesn’t seem too bright, using “beaten down” with self esteem is the money quote the media craves. I’m sure GZ was under a lot of stress …. he killed a child, people hated him, facing life in prison, the President, DOJ, Sharpton, Jackson, the Black Panthers all came after him…..where was Shellie’s support while her husband was getting “beaten down” by the biggest hammers in the country ?

          No poor Shellie for me.

      • Constance says:

        It does seem that these days you have to ask a potential spouse “what does marriage mean to you”. I would have said that it is a no brainer what marriage means but experience has proved me very wrong.

  9. Constance says:

    After seeing what the media did to Sarah Palin’s CNN interview I don’t value their distortion noise enough to watch it. You can’t trust anything they present and in fact you can figure that whatever they present is a distortion by editing.

  10. votermom says:

    • Lulu says:

      “Don’t just acknowledge your liberal guilt—listen to it.” And ignore millions of years of evolution to follow the true path to progressive-ism. It is a privilege and honor for your children to be indoctrinated, illiterate, and mugged daily.

    • elliesmom says:

      I think it explains a lot that one of the managing editors at Slate is proud she only read one book in high school.

    • The Klown says:

      I went K–12 to a terrible public school. My high school didn’t offer AP classes, and in four years, I only had to read one book. There wasn’t even soccer. This is not a humblebrag! I left home woefully unprepared for college, and without that preparation, I left college without having learned much there either. You know all those important novels that everyone’s read? I haven’t. I know nothing about poetry, very little about art, and please don’t quiz me on the dates of the Civil War. I’m not proud of my ignorance. But guess what the horrible result is? I’m doing fine. I’m not saying it’s a good thing that I got a lame education. I’m saying that I survived it, and so will your child, who must endure having no AP calculus so that in 25 years there will be AP calculus for all.

      By the way: My parents didn’t send me to this shoddy school because they believed in public ed. They sent me there because that’s where we lived, and they weren’t too worried about it. (Can you imagine?) Take two things from this on your quest to become a better person: 1) Your child will probably do just fine without “the best,” so don’t freak out too much, but 2) do freak out a little more than my parents did—enough to get involved.

      Also remember that there’s more to education than what’s taught. As rotten as my school’s English, history, science, social studies, math, art, music, and language programs were, going to school with poor kids and rich kids, black kids and brown kids, smart kids and not-so-smart ones, kids with superconservative Christian parents and other upper-middle-class Jews like me was its own education and life preparation. Reading Walt Whitman in ninth grade changed the way you see the world? Well, getting drunk before basketball games with kids who lived at the trailer park near my house did the same for me. In fact it’s part of the reason I feel so strongly about public schools.


      • jeffhas says:

        You know, I’m fine with people making choices (even teenagers) that affect their lives and hope they gain some life knowledge so they can do just fine… but what about those who aspire for more? There are parents that aspire for their kids, and teach their kids to aspire as well, and their are kids that want to aspire. Why crush their aspirations? I guess we are all supposed to be equally ‘just fine’?

      • Lulu says:

        I’m sorry that her parents didn’t give a shit about her.

        • votermom says:

          Seriously. She suffered thru her childhood and so must everyone else.

          I understand the argument that being able to interact with cross-sections of society is a good thing, and I agree.
          But that doesn’t mean letting your kid get drunk (or high) with delinquents is a good thing.

        • Lulu says:

          I love public schools and think they are the great equalizer but do not want it to be for the lowest common denominator. This slob does. She is so ignorant she doesn’t even know what she doesn’t know and apparently is too incurious to care.

      • helenk3 says:

        having gone to 13 different schools in 12 years both public and catholic, I probably got a better education the most. good schools and bad schools both gave me different kinds of knowledge. but the biggest lesson I learned was I better get an education if I wanted to survive. Knew at 18 I was going to have to support myself as there was not anybody that was going to do it for me, I better be able to support myself and an education would do that for me. That may not sound like much, but it is more than many kids today understand

  11. helenk3 says:

    when my kids got married I told them move close enough to get to in an emergency and far enough away to argue in peace. when a third person gets involved in any argument it becomes a war and neither side will back down.

    • Mary says:

      I so agree, Helen. My Dad gave us all the advice when we married that all newlyweds should live at least 100 miles, and preferably more, from either in-laws for at least the first year.

      And it was for exactly the reason you stated: establish the couple first , and then strongly defend the same

  12. The Klown says:
    • Constance says:

      UK and France probably wanted us to do the strike at our cost with our resources. Now that they see we will need active partners in this Syria thing they have rethought the situation. It does appear Obama’s band of idiot voters won’t quietly follow him down this road. Who knows maybe some of the Democrats in Congress might even bulk at blind allegiance.

    • Lulu says:

      I have listened to quite a bit of the parliamentary debate and they have been very ugly about Obama. One just said he had been watching too much “West Wing” and another said he just says things like red lines and those are his problems to get out of not UK’s, and did he learn nothing from Iraq.There has been a lot of discussion on how poor the intelligence is, how complex the civil war, and how is Russia going to react as they are much nearer with severe terrorism problems. All options are poor.

  13. 49erDweet says:

    What every losing-side attorney ever has said.

    “What the jury never heard could have led to a different verdict,” she said.”

    Like suspicions and opinions. Sigh!. ‘We don’t need no stinkin’ Rules of Evidence’

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  15. westcoaster says:

    Pepe Escobar wrote a pretty scathing piece yesterday about Obama’s “Holy Tomahalk War”:

  16. foxyladi14 says:

    Bu Isn’t he Obama’s Army?? 🙄

  17. helenk3 says:

    there would be no barack obama, it not for jesse jackson.

    another line i would not touch with a ten foot pole
    the responses write themselves

  18. votermom says:

    I denounce myself for giggling like crazy on reading this comment on ace about Obama “willing to go it alone in Syria”

    277 274 Seal Team 6 is undertaking an operation to break into Assad’s palace and smack him with some flour or baby powder as he sleeps.

    They’re going to leave Kerry’s head in Assad’s bed.

    • DeniseVB says:

      OMG, LOL …. reminds me of all those years I played dumb liberal and attacked GWB for everything (short of carrying a “hate” poster in an anti-war march), I am truly appreciating the Clusterf**k that is Team Obama. 😛

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