The decision is in for Trayvon Martin shooter George Zimmerman's defamation lawsuit against NBC, with a Florida judge ruling against Zimmerman, TheWrap.com reports.
"Zimmerman, whose killing of Trayvon Martin set off a national debate about racism and stand-your-ground laws, had accused NBC of maliciously editing his 911 call to make him appear racist," the story reports. "A Florida judge granted NBC's motion for summary judgment against Zimmerman, saying he had not met the legal standard to prove malicious intent."
In a statement, NBC said: “NBC News is gratified by the court's dismissal of this lawsuit, which we have always believed to be without merit."
The case focuses on a 911 call made by Zimmerman on Feb. 26, 2012, the night he ended up shooting 17-year-old Martin.
Zimmerman told the 911 operator: “This guy looks like he's up to no good." After the operator asked the man's race, Zimmerman said, "He looks black."
"When NBC aired the call on March 27's 'Today' show, it edited the tape so it seemed Zimmerman had said without prompting, 'This guy looks like he's up to no good … he looks black,'" the story reports.
TheWrap adds: "NBC did not inform viewers that the call had been edited until several days later, saying, 'There was an error made in the production process that we deeply regret. We will be taking the necessary steps to prevent this from happening in the future and apologize to our viewers.' At least two NBC staffers were fired as a result."