- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 28, 2015

July 28—A judge on Thursday threw out a lawsuit filed by George Zimmerman’s parents accusing comedian Roseanne Barr of invading their privacy and causing emotional distress when she retweeted their address three years ago.

A lawyer for Robert and Gladys Zimmerman told the judge the couple has not felt safe moving back to their Lake Mary home since Barr called for “vigilante justice” in her March 2012 tweets.

“They have the right not to have someone come after them,” attorney David Heil argued. “They have the right not to have people sent to their house in error.”

Counsel for Barr said the actress, who has more than 270,000 Twitter followers, was just exercising her First Amendment rights and cannot be held culpable for simply republishing already publicly available information.

In addition, the Zimmermans became public figures in the aftermath of the Trayvon Martin killing and willingly entered the national conversation, attorney David Fink argued.

After hearing about an hour of argument on Tuesday, Circuit Judge Melanie Chase granted a motion for summary judgment, effectively ending the case.

“This court finds there is no disputed issue of material fact and that the defendant, Roseanne Barr, is entitled to judgment as a matter of law,” Chase said.

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