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Associated Press says Zimmerman painting is copy of AP photo, asks that sale be stopped

The Associated Press has demanded that George Zimmerman halt the sale of one of his paintings because the news agency says it directly copies an AP photo.

AP spokesman Paul Colford says that Zimmerman clearly copied the AP photo, which was taken for the AP by freelancer Rick Wilson at a 2012 news conference. The attorney who received the letter Thursday, Jayne Weintraub, said she no longer represents Zimmerman but said she will forward the letter to him.

Zimmerman's painting depicts Jacksonville-based prosecutor Angela Corey holding her thumb and fingers together. Text on the piece that is apparently made up reads, "I have this much respect for the American judicial system."

Corey's office prosecuted Zimmerman for the 2012 shooting death of Trayvon Martin. Zimmerman was acquitted last summer.

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