The George Zimmerman Circus

George Zimmerman has turned into a veritable three ring circus. It seems the man is unable to keep himself out of the news. After his trial concluded his wife plead guilty to perjury. She lied about the assets held by her and her husband during his bail hearing. Shortly after that she filed for a divorce. Now she claims Zimmerman threatened her and her father with a gun:

Lake Mary police say they were called around 2:30 p.m. to the Sprucewood Road home owned by Shellie Zimmerman’s parents, David and Machelle Dean.

According to Lake Mary Police Chief Steve Bracknell, Shellie Zimmerman called 911 claiming George Zimmerman had a gun and was making threats.

“He’s in his car and he continually has his hand on his gun and he keeps saying ‘step closer’ and he’s just threatening all of us,” Shellie Zimmerman said in the 911 call, adding that George Zimmerman was “trying to shut the garage door” on her.

Conveniently, no charges are being filed:

LAKE MARY, Fla. – No charges have been filed against George Zimmerman on Monday as the investigation continues into if he threatened his estranged wife with a gun, as she originally told Central Florida police.

This is one of those situations where I don’t know what to believe. Some people have pointed out that Zimmerman’s soon-to-be-ex-wife has admitted to lying in the past and should therefore be considered a liar in regards to this situation. Her unwillingness to press charges does lead me to believe that she is, at least to some extent, lying. On the other hand domestic issues, such as divorces, have a habit of getting very emotional and vicious very quickly. It’s possible Zimmerman had a lapse of judgement after the pressure of the trial and divorce.

I think the important part to take away from this story is how messy it potentially is. It could be a case of a woman, looking to get revenge on her soon-to-be-ex-husband, calls the police on a false pretense. Or it could be a case of a man, deciding he’s had enough of the divorce hearing, deciding to opt for fear and intimidation instead of civil proceedings. Domestic issues arising from divorces or other family stresses are seldom cut and dry.

But I’m sure a good portion of the population has already taken sides. Those who were decrying Zimmerman’s acquittal probably believe his wife’s claim without any doubt and those who were cheering Zimmerman has a beacon of neighborliness probably have no doubt that his wife is lying. Based on my observations, people seem more apt to focus on the people involved in the event instead of the event itself.