Despite all the hate directed at George Zimmerman for having successfully defended his life against a vicious ambush attack by Trayvon Martin, and numerous encounters with law enforcement both before and after that fateful night, he has yet to be convicted of any crime whatever.

That trend continues with the dropping of the latest charges brought against him of aggravated assault.  Prosecutors have now declined to pursue these charges after Zimmerman’s ex-girlfriend accuser recanted her testimony, reports the Associated Press (h/t @AaronWorthing).

Zimmerman had been arrested and charged last month after his girlfriend was pulled over during a traffic stop, during which stop she told police that days prior Zimmerman had thrown a bottle of wine at her.  We reported on that arrest and surrounding details here:  Deja Vu: George Zimmerman Charged with Aggravated Assault.

The Orlando Sentinel has the lastest details:

George Zimmerman won’t be prosecuted for allegedly throwing a wine bottle at his girlfriend, the State Attorney’s Office said today.

Zimmerman, 31, was arrested Jan. 9, accused by Lake Mary police of aggravated ­assault.

But this morning the State Attorney’s Office reported that the woman, 28­ year ­old Brittany Brunelle, recanted her story and refused to cooperate. As a consequence, it is dropping the case.

This is the second time in just over a year that Zimmerman has been arrested, accused of becoming violent when a girlfriend breaks up with him. In both cases, the woman changed her account, stopped cooperating, and prosecutors closed the case without filing charges….

Lake Mary police got involved about 11:30 p.m. Jan. 5 when an officer heard breaking glass and saw the woman drive away from Zimmerman’s Lake Mary home without turning on her headlights.

When he pulled her over, she told them that Zimmerman had just thrown a wine bottle at her and broken her phone, according to police department paperwork.

The fight happened while she was breaking up with Zimmerman, according to the report.

Once again, Zimmerman gets the last laugh.

–-Andrew, @LawSelfDefense


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Andrew F. Branca is an MA lawyer and the author of the seminal book “The Law of Self Defense, 2nd Edition,” available at the Law of Self Defense blog (autographed copies available) and Amazon.com (paperback and Kindle). He also holds Law of Self Defense Seminars around the country, and provides free online self-defense law video lectures at the Law of Self Defense Institute and podcasts through iTunes, Stitcher, and elsewhere.