The biggest question is: what is her present motivation? Is she a wife tired of being married to a loose cannon and clearing her conscience? Is she just cashing in on her own 15 minutes of fame for media attention, a reality show or book deal? Is she seeking leverage in her upcoming divorce case? And the inevitable question…is she a domestic violence victim? Or is it a mix of all of the above?
One thing is for sure. It cannot be easy to be married to a man who has a well known cloud of suspicion over him (imagine being married to OJ Simpson). Marriage is hard enough; marriage to an infamous man is hell on wheels. One can objectively understand why she wants out. But consider the agony of the parents of Trayvon Martin, who have to again live through the nightmare of their son’s death. Shellie’s statements, whether true or not, add to the pain of a grieving family. Shellie Zimmerman is not speaking to give them closure; she’s speaking to help herself. The fact that she is choosing to interview on various media outlets rather than quietly pursuing a divorce and/or choosing to make a private statement to the Martin family shows a lack of judgment, a cold heart or that she is listening to some very bad advice. It is possible that she is a victim of domestic violence; many victims refuse to prosecute their spouses due to fear.
No matter what the reason, it is clear that this is an unhealthy scenario. She made some poor choices that have landed her in a bad place.
Get divorced Shellie…and keep it moving.
Melba Pearson is an attorney, writer, speaker, wife and Resident Legal Diva.
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