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04/11/2013 04:26 pm ET | Updated Apr 12, 2013

George Zimmerman's Mother, Gladys Zimmerman, Pens Open Letter On One Year Anniversary Of Son's Arrest

One year after her son was arrested for the shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, George Zimmerman's mother has penned an open letter to the public thanking the family's supporters and chastising the media for its treatment of her son's case.

George Zimmerman's brother, Robert Zimmerman, tweeted the two-page letter in which his mother calls today the anniversary of "the day the justice system failed us as Americans."

April 11 2012 will be forever remembered by the Zimmerman family as the day the justice system failedus as Americans, and as a consequence an innocent man was arrested for a crime he did not commit,solely to placate the masses. George was charged with murder. By confusing the public andmanipulating perception in order to sway the “court of public opinion”, Benjamin Crump & co. finally achieved their “first base” victory.

Zimmerman goes on to blame the media for portraying her son as a villain and subjecting him to premature judgment:

The media, with the help of social media made it their prerogative to judge and sentence George beforeand after his arrest. Even members of Congress and self-proclaimed “activists” used and routinely use to this day the term “murderer” when they speak of him–in effect they are re-enforcing the onlyacceptable judicial outcome in their eyes. Many have seen to it that he be judged by the public, the verypublic they were keen on misinforming.

George Zimmerman's family has repeatedly spoken out in his defense. Last month, his brother Robert stirred controversy with racially charged tweets comparing Trayvon Martin to an alleged killer that he later apologized for.

Zimmerman is charged with second-degree murder, and is awaiting a trial date set for June 10, 2013.

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