Zimmerman's Home Owners Association Could Be Sued

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

SANFORD, Fla. (AP) -- If Trayvon Martin's family sues over his death, they might not target the man who shot him, George Zimmerman. They may go after the homeowners association of the neighborhood where the shooting happened.
If Zimmerman's claim of self-defense under Florida's stand your ground law is upheld, he would be protected from a lawsuit. But that wouldn't prevent The Retreat at Twin Lakes homeowners association from being sued. And its insurance policies and assets could make it a much more lucrative target.
Roberto Blanch is an attorney who specializes in homeowners associations. He says a newsletter calling Zimmerman a neighborhood watch captain, and urging residents to call him if a crime is committed, could make the association vulnerable to a lawsuit.
Officials with the homeowners association couldn't be reached for comment.

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  • by Rob on Apr 16, 2012 at 11:05 PM
    Yes, there needs to be an investigation & maybe a countersuit... Trayvon told the story that the precious jewels were given to him by a friend, However, he refused to give the friend's name. It probably was a lie, but imagine if it was the 14 year old at the townhome where Trayvon was staying. That would explain why he was so tight lipped. With all of the break-ins happening at the complex & what it has now led up too... It is imperative for this to be investigated & find out who is responsible for the high crime spree in the area. Follow the trail of the precious jewels and metals, ie. GOLD !!!
  • by That's bull.... on Apr 10, 2012 at 05:17 PM
    They probaby have an indeminity clause on the contract. I guess mrs. martin will look at anyway to make money off her son..pound for pound. I guess she'll have to take her thumb of the scale.
  • by Kevin aka Reality Location: Monticello on Apr 9, 2012 at 04:51 PM
    I once knew of a few guys in Oregon , who after calling the cops time and again , and being told there was nothing they could do , got together and kicked the door down of a local crack house. Should they be sued because the poor dope dealers were just misunderstood? Absolutely NOT.
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      by Kaitlyn on Apr 10, 2012 at 06:13 AM in reply to Kevin aka Reality
      Your comments are preposterous, they don't make sense. Please tell us where they said nothing could be done, it simply states on the 911 call that the authorities told him(Zimmerman) not to approach the young man, they were on the way. That to me indicates that they were going to follow proper protocal. By him not following instruction, right there alone, is obstruction on his behalf, therefore he is a criminal to an extent. This was not the typical warn-down neighborhood or housing authority, (not that anything is wrong with living in either one, but we all know how they are stereotyped) where crime happens often, this was a well-to-do community. Yeah there are occasions where authorities tell people that there is nothing they can do and some instances the criminal gets off, but there are some instances where the authorities can do something and the criminal is reprimanded. Every situation is different there is no comparison when there is a life lost. There are millions of laws and I am sure at one point in our lives or another, we have broken a few, but death without reasoning is atrocious. I am not criticizing or defending either side, but look at the example you stated and the situation you are comparing it to. 5 guys take down a drug dealer, GREAT, but they didn't kill him in doing so, they 5 people thought about what to do and did it without taking a person's life, because they knew justice would prevail, if they took the proper steps.
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        by Kevin aka Reality on Apr 11, 2012 at 05:23 PM in reply to Kaitlyn
        Ahh you are one of those bleeding hearts when it comes to Inner City youth and gold teeth Lets not violate the criminals rights Thats exactly why the Oregon Police did not raid that home , and Private citizens had to act.
  • by Kevin aka Reality Location: Monticello on Apr 9, 2012 at 04:48 PM
    I dont give a .. If someones Black , White or Purple , if they are shot in the Commission of a Crime , they had it coming. Second this is a prime example of backing up the Courts with ridiculous "Verdict Shopping" Sue one , then sue someone else until you get the decision you want. No! I will not be forced to defend myself with a cell phone lol .... just because some genius feels badly for criminals
  • by Kaitlyn on Apr 9, 2012 at 11:25 AM
    Lord, I pray for my children daily and plead the blood of Jesus that they are covered and watched over, that is all we can do, because the issues that are being addressed is having an affect on so many children these days as far as race, whose superior or inferior.
  • by Repubtallygirl Location: Crawfordville on Apr 9, 2012 at 08:43 AM
    I have no doubt that they will use this tragedy and milk it for everything its worth.
  • by Hammer on Apr 9, 2012 at 08:15 AM
    That's what this really comes down to and explains the ambulance chaser Crump. That is the real part about the Castle Doctrine statute as a whole. He prevents people killed or wounded when they are breaking the law from having family members suing someone. Maybe the HOA should sue the parents for dereliction of duties on raising their kid. 3 suspensions in an academic year is not exactly parenting of the year award.
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      by Kaitlyn on Apr 9, 2012 at 11:23 AM in reply to Hammer
      I am a parent Jess and I think I am doing all I can to raise my children to become and grow into God-fearing, law-abiding citizens. What my child is introduced to at school, after-school care, I am not aware of, but peer-pressure is something serious. Just because a child is suspended from school doesn't always mean that particular child is the assailant, sometimes they are the victim. Even as an adult I am pushed and provoked, if I come where you are right now and slap you, what are you going to do? People don't always follow the proper procedure or follow rules just as George Zimmerman didn't, if he would have refrained from approaching this young man, NOBODY would be making any racial or radical statements. Suing isn't going to bring a murder victim back, the family may not be even pushing the issue of suing just for justice to be served and that is due to anyone regardless of color, creed, etc.
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        by GA GIRL on Apr 9, 2012 at 01:41 PM in reply to Kaitlyn
        Very well said. It's always easy for others to stay on the side line and coach a game. If the shoe were on their foot, they would sue to.
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      by A on Apr 9, 2012 at 03:01 PM in reply to Hammer
      So you are saying that this child broke some rules and deserves suspensions (and unjustifiable death). Unfortunately, his death was caused by someone, WHO WAS BREAKING THE RULES! The HOA encouraged him to do this by writing things like this. If you have a crime committed against you, you should notify police! They bolsered his already skewed opinion of himself.
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        by Anonymous on Apr 11, 2012 at 05:10 PM in reply to A
        It was self defense. This has nothing to do with whether Zimmerman was neighborhood watch captain or the HOA. Martin attacked and tried to bash Zimmerman's head into concrete (Miami media 2 video clips). Martin had 3 suspensions, swung at a bus driver, had an empty pot bag and jewelry that did not belong to him. His mother, Sybrina Fulton sent Martin to see his father because Trayvon was out of control. Zimmerman did contact police but it was hard to keep communicating after he hung up and Martin came up on his left side then began an assault. Hope the HOA counter sues Fulton and Martin for bad parenting and disrupting the community's peace. At the very least the community should have Trayvon's father shown to the gate.
  • by Michelle on Apr 9, 2012 at 06:14 AM
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      by Jess on Apr 9, 2012 at 08:16 AM in reply to Michelle
      That means the future Step Mamma will be getting sued by her boy friend and his ex-wife. I wonder which one the ambulance chaser Crump represents, the boyfriend or ex-wife?
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        by Anonymous on Apr 11, 2012 at 05:12 PM in reply to Jess
        Ex-wife, Crump was recommended by an attorney to Sybrina Trayvon's mother. Same person who could not handle Trayvon and sent him to see the father in Sanford. Same person who trademarked her son after death and shows up at rally's. Shame the woman did not put a fraction of this energy into better parenting.
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