Cross posted from Frederick Leatherman Law Blog
The Orlando Sentinel is reporting today that Trayvon’s parents, Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin, have settled their wrongful death case against the Homeowner’s Association for more than $1 million.
During an interview in February, Zimmerman’s attorney, Mark O’Mara, said Trayvon’s parents had tried to settle through mediation and the association or its insurer had offered $1 million, but Trayvon’s parents had rejected that amount.
‘It is understood and agreed that the payment made herein is not to be construed as an admission of any liability by or on behalf of the releasing parties; but instead the monies being paid hereunder is consideration for avoiding litigation, the uncertainties stemming from litigation as well as to protect and secure the good name and good will of the released parties,’ the settlement said.
Under the terms of the settlement, Trayvon’s parents, Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin, and his estate agreed to set aside their wrongful-death claim and claims for pain and suffering, loss of earnings and expenses.
Trayvon’s parents still intend to sue George Zimmerman separately.
The settlement agreement should not have any effect on the criminal case but it does indicate that the HOA has little confidence in the viability of the GZ’s claim of self-defense.
Of course, we already knew that from our review of the evidence and the defense team’s decision to abandon an immunity hearing.
Congratulations to Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin!
This will not bring back Trayvon, but it’s an important achievement and milestone in the long road seeking justice for Trayvon.
H/T to Benjamin Crump: Well done, sir.
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