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Hearing On George Zimmerman’s Lawsuit Against NBC

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George Zimmerman at his bond hearing on Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013. (Source: CBS4)

George Zimmerman at his bond hearing on Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013. (Source: CBS4)

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SANFORD (AP) — A Seminole County judge will hear arguments Thursday on George Zimmerman’s defamation lawsuit against NBC Universal.

Attorneys for NBC want it tossed because they say Zimmerman failed to follow Florida’s retraction statute and he wasn’t harmed by the reports.

The case had been postponed pending the conclusion of Zimmerman’s murder trial last July. Zimmerman was acquitted of second-degree murder in Trayvon Martin’s death.

The former neighborhood watch volunteer filed suit against NBC in 2012, claiming he was defamed when the network edited his 911 call to police after Martin’s shooting to make it sound like he was racist.

Zimmerman’s attorneys argue they haven’t even had time to interview witnesses. They say pretrial depositions will support his claims that NBC’s broadcasts were false and reckless.

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