George Zimmerman, who has been involved in three separate domestic violence incidents since his 2013 acquittal for the murder of Trayvon Martin, has once again easily ducked the long arm of the law.

Zimmerman was arrested on January 9 for allegedly throwing a wine bottle at his ex-girlfriend, but charges were dropped today when she recanted her story. According to ABC News, "the ex-girlfriend had made it clear she didn't want the case to proceed, and there were no other eyewitnesses to what happened earlier this month." State Attorney Phil Archer, who was obviously hoping to move forward with the case, said in a statement (as condensed by ABC News):

"While it is clear that the officers had probable cause to arrest Mr. Zimmerman ... the subsequent recantation by the victim of her initial statement ... precludes my office from proceeding further."

Considering that the law enforcement community doesn't have the best track record with domestic violence, paired with the likely scenario that Zimmerman is employing some lovely well-practiced combination of physical intimidation and emotional manipulation to get himself off the hook, we probably shouldn't chalk this disturbing trend of recantations up to happenstance.

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Since his acquittal, Zimmerman has kept himself pretty busy. In addition to this latest near-miss assault charge, he has been:

  • Arrested on charges of aggravated assault, battery and criminal mischief; then-girlfriend Samantha Scheibe stopped cooperating with prosecutors and the case was dropped.
  • Accused by estranged wife Shellie Zimmerman of smashing an iPad during an argument; no charges were filed due to lack of evidence.
  • Pulled over on three separate occasions for traffic violations.

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