George Zimmerman sits on the stand in a Seminole County courtroom on April 20, 2012 in Sanford, Florida. Zimmerman is charged with murder in the death of Trayvon Martin. (Photo by Gary Green/The Orlando Sentinel-Pool/Getty Images)
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George Zimmerman, Trayvon Martin case update: Gladys, Zimmerman's mother, writes letter about son

Blames media, social media for son's hardships

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One year after her son was arrested for the death of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin, George Zimmerman's mother is speaking out for the first time with a letter .

Gladys Zimmerman begins the letter by stating, "I am writing from my heart and with incalculable gratitude to our family members, dearest friends, and those we have not personally met but who have nonetheless offered their unwavering moral and spiritual support...If you read this letter with the hopes of finding material to mock or rebuke - please stop reading now, because this letter is not intended for you."

Gladys says April 11, to her family, will be remembered "as the day the justice system failed us as Americans, and as a consequence an innocent man was arrested."

She adds that the case has been heavily publicized with a "false narrative" and that there was "little evidence available to the public."

Gladys blames media coverage and the use of social media during her son's arrest, claiming it painted him guilty before a fair trial.

"The media, with the help of social media, made it their prerogative to judge and sentence George before and after his arrest," she writes. "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 only acceptable judicial outcome in their eyes."

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