George Zimmerman is appealing a court ruling that NBC did not defame him in airing an edited 911 call made before his scuffle with Trayvon Martin.
Judge Debra Neson ruled in favor of NBC in June, writing Zimmerman was deemed a "public figure" at the time of NBC's report, and that "actual malice" had to be proven.
Zimmerman filed the lawsuit in December 2012 after NBC aired an edited version of the call he made to 911 right before the deadly confrontation with 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. Zimmerman was cleared of all charges in Martin's death last year.
The actual 911 call, made the night of Feb. 26, 2012, went as follows:
George Zimmerman: This guy looks like he's up to no good, or he's on drugs or something. It's raining, and he's just walking around, looking about.
911 Dispatcher: OK, and this guy — is he black, white or Hispanic?
Zimmerman: He looks black.
But a version of the audio aired by NBC trimmed that dialogue to just Zimmerman saying:
This guy looks like he's up to no good …
He looks black.
The network ended up firing three producers.
Still, NBC's attorneys argued the First Amendment protects the network's reporting, because the reports aired about a month after the shooting, and by that time, Zimmerman was already a "public figure."