Should Mark O’Mara Withdraw as Counsel for George Zimmerman?

I believe Mark O’Mara should withdraw as counsel for George Zimmerman because he is not acting in his client’s best interests. Instead, he appears to be acting in what he perceives to be his own best interests by constantly talking to the press, making himself available for interviews by mainstream media TV, and making questionable pitches for dollars on his website to fund his effort to represent his client.

There also is the disturbing matter of whether he knew his client had raised a substantial sum of money from contributions by donors at his client’s original funding website (therealgeorgezimmerman.com).

On April 12th, Mark O’Mara filed Defendant’s Motion for Reasonable Bail asserting that his client was indigent.

On April 14th, during a recorded jailhouse conversation (Call 30) with someone identified as Scott.

George Zimmerman said.

GZ: Mark O’Mara is going to try and get me declared indigent. I told him that I didn’t think that was a possibility because you know there was the one possible transfer I tried to make and it got stopped, you know the $37. [37 is code for $37,000]

He said ‘well that doesn’t matter. Right now you are not working, not providing an income for your family, you are probably never going to be employable for the rest of your life. So basically they will declare you indigent.

Male: ah ah

GZ: So he knows about that. um But he …

Male: Does he know about the volume

GZ: No

Male: Ok

GZ: And uh …

Male: I’d like to keep that with us

GZ: Ok I think so too.

At the bond hearing on April 20th, Mark O’Mara did not disclose the $37,000. Instead, he represented to the court that his client had no money.

As we subsequently discovered, during the period between the phone call and the hearing, Shellie Zimmerman transferred $155,000 from the internet account into George Zimmerman’s personal account at a credit union and then she transferred that money into her personal account and his sister’s account, all pursuant to George Zimmerman’s explicit instructions. Therefore, on the date of the bail hearing, there was very little money in the internet account and George Zimmerman’s personal account. The money was transferred back into his personal account after he got out of jail. He then proceeded to spend $36,000 paying off some bills and purchasing two $300 smart phones with a two-year prepaid Verizon account and a two year internet access account, among other things.

Shellie Zimmerman testified by telephone at the bail hearing claiming she and her husband were indigent. She denied any knowledge of how much money, if any, had been donated to the internet account.

She has since been charged with perjury.

Judge Lester revoked George Zimmerman’s bond for misrepresenting his assets at the bond hearing.

In my opinion, any reasonably experienced and competent lawyer at this point would have backed off on the full court press to promote a false image of his client as a young and somewhat naive person “who was fearful and experienced a moment of weakness and who may also have acted out of a sense of betrayal by the system.” See Judge Lester’s Order Setting Bail below.

Nevertheless, at the second bail hearing on June 29th, Mark O’Mara attempted to excuse his client’s misconduct by saying he was exactly that.

Judge Lester did not buy it. Although he set bail in the amount of $1,000,000 based on Florida law that left him no other alternative (thereby brushing aside O’Mara’s presentation of character evidence as irrelevant) in his order setting bail, at page 2, he said:

Under any definition, the Defendant has flaunted the system. Counsel has attempted to portray the Defendant as being a confused young man who was fearful and experienced a moment of weakness and who may also have acted out of a sense of betrayal by the system. Based on all of the evidence presented, this Court finds the opposite. The Defendant has tried to manipulate the system when he has been presented the opportunity to do so. He is an adult by every legal definition; Trayvon Martin is the only male whose youth is relevant to this case. The Defendant has taken courses in criminal justice with the intention of becoming a police officer, an attorney, a judge, or a magistrate like his father. He has been arrested before, having entered and successfully completed a pretrial intervention program. He has also obtained an injunction and had an injunction obtained against him. The injunction against him has obviously been dissolved at some point for him to have validly obtained a permit to carry the firearm used to shoot Trayvon Martin. He also had the wherewithal to set up a website to collect donations to help defray the costs of his defense. Thus, before this tragic incident, the defendant had a very sophisticated knowledge of the criminal justice system over and above that of the average, law abiding citizen.

One would think, he would have breathed a sigh of relief that his client bailed out and reconsidered the wisdom of placing his client’s character in evidence before the court of public opinion.

Nope. He doubled down and while doing so, he forgot to appeal and seek a stay from Judge Lester’s order directing the prosecution to release incredibly damaging evidence to the public; specifically, W9’s claim that George Zimmerman (her cousin) had sexually molested her multiple times over a period of 10 years when she was 6-16 years old. Zimmerman was two-years older.

That evidence exploded on the public two days ago and now he’s going to appear with George Zimmerman on the Sean Hannity Show to discuss the case and no doubt trash W9.

Meanwhile, he made the following pitch on his website:

For those who have given in the past, for those who have thought about giving, for those who feel Mr. Zimmerman was justified in his actions, for those who feel they would do the same if they were in Mr. Zimmerman’s shoes, for those that think Mr. Zimmerman has been treated unfairly by the media, for those who feel Mr. Zimmerman has been falsely accused as a racist, for those who feel this case is an affront to their constitutional rights — now is the time to show your support.

He also filed Defendant’s Verified Motion to Disqualify Trial Judge alleging that Zimmerman fears getting a fair SYG hearing before Judge Lester because the judge said bad things about him and is obviously prejudiced against him.

As the prosecution noted at page 8 in its Response to the Defendant’s Verified Motion to Disqualify Trial Judge,

On June 1st, he told Anderson Cooper of CNN News:

There is no question that they knew about the money, actually in a previous correspondence to the judge, we had acknowledged that. The question of whether or not they had presented it properly, I think it was somewhat misleading to the court. I’ve gone over that with George.

On June 3rd, the Orlando Sentinel reported:

O’Mara acknowledged the problem his client faces in securing a new bond. “There is a credibility question that needs to be explained away,” he said. O’Mara added that “Zimmerman’s credibility has been tarnished and he will have to rehabilitate it.”

On June 4th, he posted the following statement on his website (gzlegalcase.com):

While Mr. Zimmerman acknowledges that he allowed his financial situation to be misstated in court . . . The audio recordings of Mr. Zimmerman’s phone conversations while in jail make it clear that Mr. Zimmerman knew that a significant sum had been raised by his original funding website.”

On June 29th, ABC Action News reported:

This prosecutor has made a very specific showing that his case is strong,” O’Mara said. “It was important for us to counter that.”

Since he makes no valid legal argument in support of the relief he requests, I expect Judge Lester will deny the motion.

Filing a frivolous motion did not help his client.

The Rules of Professional Conduct mandate that a lawyer shall represent the best interests of the client to the best of his ability.

I see a lawyer who has placed self-interest in surfing media attention to fame and fortune above the best interests of his client. He acts like a moth driven to the flame and I see nothing good coming out of this for himself and his client. I therefore think he needs to withdraw.

George Zimmerman appears to be the quintessential difficult client who probably wants and may even be directing O’Mara to do these things. But public revulsion and disgust are not in his best interest.

He needs to shut up and so does his lawyer.

99 Responses to Should Mark O’Mara Withdraw as Counsel for George Zimmerman?

  1. Devout Player Hater says:

    Zimmerman brought about any of his alleged injuries when he decided to ‘run’ after Trayvon. Zimmerman already had in his mind before he ‘ran’ after Trayvon that Trayvon was ‘suspicious’, ‘up to no good’ and ‘had his hands in his waistband’ but despite believing all of that, he gets out of his truck, and over the advice of the dispatcher, proceeds to ‘run’ after Trayvon.Under those circumstances, Zimmerman could never hope to claim self-defense when, after all, he placed himself into the circumstances that led to any of his purported injuries. Nobody told him to go ‘running’ after Trayvon, he chose to do that at his own free-will and at his own risk, and he can not now complain that he was in fear for his life when he claimed to have been ‘attacked’ by the very person that he ‘ran’ behind. That doesn’t make sense at all. It would be fool-hearted to suggest that Zimmerman should be entitled to self-defense when he knowingly and willfully took the assumption of risk, Volenti Non Fit Injuria when he chose to ‘run’ behind Trayvon.

    Similarily, if a person crosses a barrier into a leopard cage to retrieve a smouldering cigarette gets mauled by the leopard, under the law, he would be prevented from suing based on the volenti maxim doctrine.

    Assumption of Risk, Volenti Non Fit Injuria or Volentix Maxim are legal doctrines that bar Zimmerman from claiming self-defense under the circumstances that led to him shooting and killing Trayvon Martin.

    • Assumption of risk is an old defense to tort liability (claim for damages based on personal injury) that has mostly been absorbed and replaced by comparative negligence. It is not recognized in criminal law.

      Nevertheless, Zimmerman’s conduct in getting out of his vehicle while armed with a firearm, following TM, and eventually hunting him down, contrary to the NWP rules and the dispatcher’s warning, is a factor for the judge in the immunity hearing and the jury at trial to consider in deciding whether he was the aggressor.

      The specific issue is whether Zimmerman’s conduct provoked a fight. If it did, he is the aggressor and cannot claim self-defense, unless Martin responded with excessive force that caused him to reasonably believe he was in imminent danger of being killed or suffering serious injury. If he reasonably believed that, he must have communicated his desire to end the fight and attempted to withdraw from the fight before he can justifiably (i.e., lawfully) use deadly force to defend himself.

      I italicized the word “reasonably” because the test is objective, not subjective. In other words the test is not whether he believed he was in imminent danger. The test is whether his belief was reasonable, given the facts and circumstances.

      You will not find “assumption of the risk” in the jury instructions, but you will likely find the prosecution arguing that Zimmerman was the aggressor because he provoked Martin. The arguments are similar but not identical.

      In fact, I think O’Mara conceded that Zimmerman will be found to have been the aggressor when he announced at the press conference that he would no longer be claiming SYG. Instead, he is claiming “traditional” self-defense.

      Apparently, Zimmerman will be arguing that he could not withdraw from the fight because he was lying on his back with TM above him raining down blows MMA style and, therefore, he was justified in using deadly force in self-defense. There would be no need to mention an attempt to withdraw unless Zimmerman was the aggressor.

      In a nutshell, you are right for the wrong reasons. All crimes and defenses in this country are defined by statutes. You need to update your legal theories to conform with modern practice.

  2. Malisha says:

    Now George has permission to go into Orange County, FL so that he can meet with his attorney. But he would like to leave Florida! Wouldn’t that make it HARDER for him to meet with his attorney?

    Also, excuse me, but O’Mara fought off (unsuccessfully) a subpoena for medical records? Was he kidding? You have a guy saying his medical condition was evidence that he killed in self-defense but he doesn’t want the prosecutor to have the whole medical records — from the day after the killing? I think it was very big of the judge to agree that they would not be made public, by the way, considering that GEORGE and his family have been talking about his medical condition to the public for many months and that is certainly germane.

  3. Malisha says:

    I forced myself to watch the Hannity interview, although I had to take anti-nausea medication. THOSE PILLS ARE EXPENSIVE!

    My reaction is that Hannity malpracticed as a journalist, O’Mara malpracticed as an attorney, and George Zimmerman revealed himself to be a sociopathic person who has a chaotic, disorganized mind, a coward’s emotional structure, and such a non-analytical mind that he cannot speak properly even in a scripted, planned, molly-coddle interview! He had the stupidity to opine on Trayvon Martin’s state of mind — he actually insisted that he was sure Trayvon was not scared of him! He said that this “suspicious” would-be criminal “skipped” away from him but did not run in fear, although he had said to the dispatcher, on the phone, “shit, he’s running,” and “He ran.”

    OMG OMG OMG I wish he would have a trial.

    Unfortunately, I think he will NOT have a trial because I think all this press has not been for the purpose of presenting him to the public so that the jury pool is more friendly to his point of view, but rather, for the purpose of presenting him to the public so that O’Mara can cut a deal for Zimmerman to plead for some number less than ten years. That’s my prediction. O’Mara may seem dumb now but he’s not. He will never take George to trial; he and the prosecutor have probably already AGREED on what the deal will be in the end, but the defense has to first get the public ready for it so there can be some idea that the prosecution HAD TO AGREE TO IT for fear of letting him get acquitted.

    Sorry I’m so cynical, but that’s my take on it.

    Why do I think the prosecution would take part in this charade?

    To protect Wolfinger, to protect the Sanford PD. To protect the guilty.

    • ajamazin says:

      I doubt the truth will ever be known.

      >________________________________ > From: Frederick Leatherman Law Blog >To: aja_young@ymail.com >Sent: Thursday, August 16, 2012 8:48 PM >Subject: [New comment] Should Mark O’Mara Withdraw as Counsel for George Zimmerman? > > > WordPress.com >Malisha commented: “I forced myself to watch the Hannity interview, although I had to take anti-nausea medication. THOSE PILLS ARE EXPENSIVE! My reaction is that Hannity malpracticed as a journalist, O’Mara malpracticed as an attorney, and George Zimmerman revealed himse” >

  4. katieunc says:

    This is a very interesting article. I am no lawyer but I was thinking the same thing; why does O’mara continue to tolerate and contribute to his clients antics? It would seem that O’Mara would like to keep professional character intact.

    O’mara made a public statement that he was not going to try this case in the media but, it appears that is indeed what he is doing. I believe that Mr. Zimmerman is definitely calling all of the shots. I don’t think this coupling is showing O’Mara or Zimmerman in a favorable light. This is odd at it’s best. I have never seen anything like this. We have seen interviews, attempted interviews with demands of free lodging and security, and website resurrected. This is like a horrible train wreck that you just cannot stop watching. From viewing some website blogs Zimmerman’s supporters are standing firm and refuse to believe that he has done no wrong from the bond hearing to the public interviews. Amazing!
    Thanks for the great article. Might I recommend you visit Dan Linehan’s site the wagist.com peoples point of views are amazing and stunning.

    een anything like it, from the website donations, interviews, attemted interviews

  5. 4Justice2012 says:

    Who cares about GZ? I surely do not!
    The focus is and should be on (TREYVON); a child killed by an adult for no reason other than being Black. GZ is evil and racist. He will get what’s coming to him one way or another. I know there is a fair and righteous judge (Jesus The Christ). He was also to by Judge Lester; do not contact Treyvon’s parents and that’s exactly what he has done. So his bond should be revoked. He should have been in jail for covering up the amount of money he had. GZ sacrificed his own wife’s reputation. What that says about him (form your own opinion)?

  6. justice for Tm says:

    Professor Leatherman do you think tha t the interview was part of their plan so they can say he can’t get a fair trial? Do you also think that it is wise for him to keep speaking out can anything he has said so far be used against him personally i think he is digging himself and his attorney a bigger whole

    • I do not believe MOM & GZ are trying to poison the waters in order to claim they cannot get a fair trial. That strategy would never work because the courts would rule against him for creating the situation that he is complaining about.

      Anything he said during that interview can be used against him by the prosecution. They can present any statements that he made during their case-in-chief (i.e., before the prosecution rests its case) and that includes any other statements that he’s made about the case.

      Should the prosecution choose to do so, it can totally demolish GZ’s credibility during its case in chief or hold it back and demolish his credibility while cross examining him after he testifies on direct during the defense case.

      If I were the prosecutor, I would do just enough damage while presenting my case to force him to take the stand to attempt to explain away his inconsistencies and lies, and then I would lower the boom.

      He never should have opened his mouth.

      • TruthBTold says:

        Professor,

        If I remember correctly, when RZ and RZjr. were making rounds, they said that TM had his knees pinned on GZ’s arms. Wow, TM was doing a lot that night, huh? *smh*. I gather that they got their information from George. Can the State subpoena those two or anyone else to compare what was told to them from GZ’s statements? Thanking you in advance.

        • The prosecution could send an investigator to talk to the witnesses, but they are not obligated to answer any of their questions and probably would refuse to do so. They also might claim they cannot recall what he said, or they might lie.

          If they should recall something specific that GZ said, the prosecution could use it against GZ, if it decides to do so.

  7. Patricia says:

    When GZ and his attorney contacted Hannity, or accepted Hannity’s request for a staged interview to be aired (not, for example, “background only”), GZ’s responsibility, and his attorney’s responsibility, were two-fold:

    1) To make no reference to Trayvon Martin’s family, nor to respond to any question or prompting by Hannity that referenced Martin’s family, and if such reference were to be brought up by Hannity, to respond with the ruling of the conditions of GZ’s release on bail as the reason GZ could not respond.

    2) To require, as a condition of providing the interview, that Hannity could not “message” the Martin family, either on-air or in promotional announcements.

    It’s evident that GZ/MOM set any exploration by Hannity of George’s kiddy-diddling off-limits.

    Based on their performances – and GZ/MOM certainly “performed,” the court should rule that GZ violated the court’s order and return GZ to jail until trial.

    GZ’s attorney should be disbarred.

    Can the state collect and keep the $1million bail?
    Money is what these guys are after.

    Finally, these moral maggots would feel some pain.

  8. Leelee says:

    Inconsitencies and oddities I have found in Hannity interview :

    “well, Sunday after we mentored the kids, we would always go grocery shopping and do our cooking for the week. So I wanted to go to Target and I headed out.” I would like some corroboration as to his having mentored kids that day.

    “it didn’t look like he was a resident that went to check their mail ” Interesting he says mail, somehow indicating that Trayvon might be at the mailboxes as Deedee reports?

    “He was like skipping, going away quickly. But he wasn’t running out of fear.” Serino asked GZ to describe Trayvon’s run and GZ replied he could not remember, now he seems to remeber skipping

    “I meant that I was going in the same direction as him, to keep an eye on him so that I could tell the police where he was going”. In previous statements GZ said he went to get an address not to “Keep an eye on him”

    “I walked across the sidewalk on to my street, Retreat View Circle, where I thought I would meet a police officer that I had called”. In previous statements GZ said he went to get an address not meet with police

    I believe they asked me for my address, and I wanted to be sure that nobody was lingering and could hear my address and then come back. And I was making sure that there wasn’t anybody that was going to surprise me. Very odd statement about worrying about being ‘surprised’ he was supposed to be on RVC( a lit street)

    In response to Why did you want police at that point to call you he says”I hadn’t given them a correct address. I gave them a — the clubhouse vicinity. However, I was walking through to my street, Retreat View Circle, and I was going to give them the actual street number and name. In re-enactmen GZ was at RVC why did he not give them an address at that point

    I felt him take — he had — after he couldn’t hit my head on the concrete anymore, he started to try to suffocate me. And I continued to take — push his hands off of my mouth and my nose, particularly because it was excruciating having a broken nose and him putting his weight on it. Very odd pauses and phrasing in this statement.

    Hannity: “And you said to the police at one point that he put his hand over your mouth. Do you think that was to silence you from screaming”? Zimmerman: “Yes, sir. I believe he — from what the investigators told me, he knew that I was talking to the police”. GZ says that investigators told him that somehow Trayvon knew that GZ called police WHAT????

    “Like I said, he sat up and he said something to the effect of “you got it” or “you got me”. I assumed he meant, OK, you got the gun, I didn’t get it. I’m not going to fight anymore. At which point I got out from under him.” So here he is not sure which statement Trayvon actually said yet assumes he meant getting the gun…cover-up ?

    It has always been intriguing to me that GZ can remember finite details about select actions that transpired yet has a hard time remebering his own actions, like about how he falls to the ground.

    • GBNG says:

      Entertaining, observant and generally brilliant comment.

    • TruthBTold says:

      LeeLee wrote,

      “It has always been intriguing to me that GZ can remember finite details about select actions that transpired yet has a hard time remebering his own actions, like about how he falls to the ground”

      Preach!!! My sentiments exactly. Then when he is confronted about his inconsistencies, he goes into “I don’t remember/I don’t know,” in the softest voice possible.

  9. Olivia Ava says:

    Zimmerman contributors probably loved hearing that it was God’s will Zimmerman killed Martin. Justifies the money they sent, and motivates them to send more.

    Blaming God instead of the Devil. Hmm.

  10. Olivia Ava says:

    “Message to the Martin family” and “Message to the Trayvon Martin family” – totally sickens me.

    I can’t imagine how difficult it must be for the Martin’s to be harassed by their son’s killer via a national broadcast.

    OMG.

  11. Olivia Ava says:

    The family shouldn’t have been subjected to Zimmerman’s message that it was God’s will he shot and killed their son.

    Judge Lester wanted to keep George Zimmerman from further harming the family.

    Well, he’s harmed them again by sending that message.

  12. Olivia Ava says:

    Hannity hyped it as 1. “George delivers a message to the Martin family”, and 2. “. . . his message to the Trayvon Martin family”.

    Maybe O’Mara would argue those are Hannity’s words, not Zimmerman’s.

    The problem I have with it is that regardless of who said it, the effect was the same.

    The Martin’s heard “George’s message” and they responded to it today on the CBS’ This Morning show.

    Message sent/message received.

    I hope judge Lester revokes Zimmerman’s bail for violating the no contact with family stipulation.

  13. Olivia Ava says:

    Hannity began with “In this exclusive interview, they go through the events of that night, and they straighten out the record about Internet rumors involving me, and George delivers a message to the Martin family and to you, the American people”.

    1. “George delivers a message to the Martin family and to you, the American people.”

    Later on, before one of the commercial breaks, Hannity says:

    “And much more coming up. Does George Zimmerman regret getting out of the car to follow Trayvon Martin? Does he regret carrying his gun? That and his message to the American people and to the Trayvon Martin family — straight ahead.

    2. “That and his message to the American people and to the Trayvon Martin family — straight ahead.”

    Twice. First, Hannity said “George delivers a message to the Martin family . . .”.

    Next, he said ” . . . his message . . . to the Trayvon Martin family”.

  14. Stand By Me says:

    ajamazin says:
    July 17, 2012 at 12:03 pm
    The Free Republic is reporting that Witness #9 is Christina Meza, Cousin of George Zimmerman, Daughter of “Mike” Luis Miguel Meza.

    Would that be the “Christina” tattoo that George has on his chest?

    When George Zimmerman was booked into John E. Polk Correctional Facility in Seminole County, Florida, police took note of his tattoos, including “theatrical masks” on his left arm as well as a “Christina inside a cross” on his chest.

  15. aussie says:

    http://www.foxnews.com/on-air/hannity/2012/07/18/exclusive-george-zimmerman-breaks-silence-hannity

    Sadly, I’ve read the whole transcript and he’s not “contacting” the family anywhere. “….I would tell them I’m sorry…”.

    Wouldn’t indirect contact mean sending someone around with a message? emailing them? or something else aimed at them in a manner they are sure to get?

    Is broadcasting a statement onto the national airwaves a “contacting” of someone specific?

    ======
    The Witness 9 issue they handled very sensibly by not discussing it. Plenty of others around to do the dirty work of blackening her.

    If they were to discuss it, GZ would have to explain away each claim one by one. Or just deny them all, but then come up with why she has it in for him enough to make it all up.

    But interesting that O”Mara stepped in to say it won’t be involved at the trial. Does that mean he is planning to (somehow) keep out any openings for a character defence?

    • O’Mara does not have to plan to keep it out of the trial because it is not admissible evidence under Rule 404(b) of the rules of evidence.

      The rule prohibits introducing uncharged acts of misconduct by a defendant unless the act is probative of his motive, opportunity, intent, preparation, plan, knowledge, identity, consciousness of guilt (as might be the case if a defendant flees the jurisdiction to avoid prosecution), or absence of mistake or accident.

      The evidence of sexual molestation does not fit into any of the established exceptions permissible under the rule and the prosecution does not dispute that, which is all the more reason why O’Mara should have appealed Judge Lester’s decision to release W9’s statement to the media.

      It violated her right to privacy, potentially violated his right to be tried by a fair and impartial jury, and both sides agreed that her testimony was not admissible at trial. Yet, apparently the prosecution had to release it under the Sunshine law because it was in their file. If ever there were a set of facts tailor-made for challenging the constitutionality of the Sunshine Law, or at least to delay the release of this incredibly damaging information while an appeal to the Supreme Court of Florida, this is that case.

  16. Patricia says:

    When Zimmerman said this was “God’s Plan”
    I expected a bolt of lightning to strike.
    (It will, all in His good time.)

    Z is prepping for his next role: jailhouse pastor.

    Just waiting now for the Judge’s ruling.
    GZ is forbidden to emotionally harrass Trayvon’s family.

    He did, big time, tonight, with his God speech.

    Looking for the Judge’s quick response:
    ordering Z back to his cell until trial.

    That’s the lightning strike I’d like to see.

    • TruthBTold says:

      @Patricia,

      “When Zimmerman said this was “God’s Plan” I expected a bolt of lightning to strike.”

      I tell ya. I am sure that that comment upset, threw off, offended, etc., many people. It’s insulting and hurtful to say something so outlandish. I wonder if it was God’s plan for him to sexually abuse his cousin. Hmmmm……..:(

  17. GZ has a new website and Twitter account that just became active. I thought he was not supposed to be on the Internet. The twitter is ‎@friendsofgz and the website is the same one he had before “www.therealgeorgezimmerman.com”

    • masonblue says:

      This is a violation of his conditions of release whereas the “apology” to Martin’s parents during the Hannity interview is sort of in a gray area.

      Mind you, if I were the judge, I would issue a bench warrant for his arrest for violating the no-contact order, neither direct nor indirect, as this qualifies as indirect in my opinion.

      To the extent that the judge, and it won’t be Judge Lester because he is on vacation, might be disinclined to consider his “apology” a violation of the order, reestablishing the website and twitter account is an in-your-face violation of the condition of release directing him to stay off the internet.

      This is so blatant that, assuming it’s true, it makes me wonder if GZ isn’t attempting to commit suicide by cop.

      In other words, violate the conditions of release in the name of free speech while in pursuit of right wing martyrdom and shoot it out on national TV with the deputies who are dispatched to arrest him on the bench warrant.

      Does anyone doubt that he has managed somehow to arm himself with another gun since he got out on jail?

      I hope I am wrong, but his conduct is so bizarre and irrational that I cannot help but wonder, if a scenario like this is on his mind.

      If deputies are dispatched to arrest him, they better figure out a plan to deal with this potential contingency so that no one, including George Zimmerman, is killed.

      I think GZ has some serious mental problems.

    • Diaryofasuccessfulloser said,

      GZ has a new website and Twitter account that just became active. I thought he was not supposed to be on the Internet. The twitter is ‎@friendsofgz and the website is the same one he had before “www.therealgeorgezimmerman.com”

      This is a violation of his conditions of release whereas the “apology” to Martin’s parents during the Hannity interview is sort of in a gray area.

      Mind you, if I were the judge, I would issue a bench warrant for his arrest for violating the no-contact order, neither direct nor indirect, as this qualifies as indirect in my opinion.

      To the extent that the judge, and it won’t be Judge Lester because he is on vacation, might be disinclined to consider his “apology” a violation of the order, reestablishing the website and twitter account is an in-your-face violation of the condition of release directing him to stay off the internet.

      This is so blatant that, assuming it’s true, it makes me wonder if GZ isn’t attempting to commit suicide by cop.

      In other words, violate the conditions of release in the name of free speech while in pursuit of right wing martyrdom and shoot it out on national TV with the deputies who are dispatched to arrest him on the bench warrant.

      Does anyone doubt that he has managed somehow to arm himself with another gun since he got out on jail?
      I hope I am wrong, but his conduct is so bizarre and irrational that I cannot help but wonder, if a scenario like this is on his mind.

      If deputies are dispatched to arrest him, they better figure out a plan to deal with this potential contingency so that no one, including George Zimmerman, is killed.

      I think GZ has some serious mental problems.

  18. Case#1 says:

    OT: I try to read sites to obtain a different view of the case from a defense perspective. Tonight, I have decided to give up on Talk Left, because I expected the site owner as a lawyer to say that this interview was a bad idea. She does the exact opposite:

    http://www.jdunderground.com/all/thread.php?threadId=29235

    One of the things that I first learned in law school was to never lose your objectivity. Its the most important weapon you have with regard to helping your client. I saw see any objectivity with Talk Left. So, is there an alternative site?

    I like to be objective, so I am looking for an interpretation that I am missing beyond ‘I really thought it he did well because I already support the defense” that explains Talk Left’s arguments?

    Its interesting you caught him in several new false statements. I suppose they will believe it own his bad memory, but once again it seems every mistake always results in his innocence. I am assuming this pattern of statements designed to suggest he is innocent will be used to illustrate that its not just forgetfulness? That, in fact, the point again and again is to say “I am exculpable.”

    The other thing that annoys me at this point is how people take what he says without question. How does one listen to him without verifying what he is saying?

  19. CherokeeNative says:

    I am in utter disbelief that MOM would allow GZ to go on Hannity and I have to agree, he is inept. Iam disgusted that GZ calls what happened that night ‘God’s plan.” If that is true, I hope it is also God’s plan that GZ will spend the rest of his life in prison. I am in total agreement that MOM has lost all sight of what is in the best interests of his client – he is trying to pull a Baez by doing the “out of the box” defense via media. This interview was pandering for money and an attempt to rehabilitate GZ. I don’t know about the donations, but the rehabilitation effort failed miserably. The whole purpose of taping this interview was to catch any flubs that GZ might make that is not a part of MOM’s script – so as bad as this was IMO, I wonder what is lying on the cutting room floor that we didn’t get to see. I certainly hope that the FBA and ABA are watching this fiasco and as noted above, move PDQ to stop this type of conduct by a defense attorney. I also am going to lay down and laugh my rear off if Judge Lester denies MOM’s motion to disqualify and then holds GZ in contempt and revokes his bond for violating the terms of his bond by informally contacting the Martin family.

    • momisbuff says:

      After hearing about tonights interview, I really can’t help but wonder if O’Mara is literally setting his client up. I can’t imagine O’Mara is *that* inept. He’s a bright guy. He knows everything GZ says can & will be used against him. He knows GZ let’s a lot slip out & should not be adding public statements … he also knows how to read a court order & *if* letting his client do an ill-advised interview, how to advise him what is not to be said. That GZ addressed the Martins, reading froma script, lawyer by his side, not edited out … I would almost say O’Mara knows it’s cheaper on their shared fund w/ George in jail & could lead to a new donation spike. I really can’t think of any other reason for this kind of fiasco & it’s why I thinkthis type of attrny fundraising is unethical activity the ABA needs to look at and addres very quickly.

  20. Stand By Me says:

    George Zimmerman: I didn’t know stand your ground law

    #####

    Use of Deadly Force for Lawful Self-Defense

    A Message from Commissioner Adam Putnam
    to Concealed Weapon License Holders

    http://licgweb.doacs.state.fl.us/weapons/self_defense.html

  21. Michael Stewart says:

    I held my nose and watched it all, but did I hear correctly?

    After having stated that Trayvon was “running,” and “he ran,” tonight Zimmerman says that Martin wasn’t running after all. Let me guess? This latest example of delayed recall is supposed to substantiate his claim that he wasn’t running either [in pursuit].

    And does anybody know if GZ ever produced an actual address ?

    I listened to the police interviews, watched the reenactment video, and to the best of my knowledge GZ was never asked which address he obtained from RVC that night.

    By his own account, he arrived at the end of the cut through on RVC and secured an address while he was still on the phone with dispatch. The conversation continued for another minute if I’m not mistaken.

    Wouldn’t it be more expedient to relay the address to dispatch before terminating the call, maybe with the suggestion that SPD approach the complex through the south entrance; Martin’s last known direction? Peculiar.

    Violating the informal condition of a no-contact order in front of millions of viewers? Could O’Mara really be that inept?

    • Apparently he is that inept.

      He’s definitely not ready for prime time and he’s not doing his client any good.

      • Michael Stewart says:

        Maybe it was my imagination, but O’Mara looked stressed, Frederick. By comparison Zimmerman appeared relatively poised (in that American Psycho kinda way).

        We learned that Zimmerman ALWAYS carries his weapon unless he’s at work. He wasn’t working on the night he shot and killed TM, yet somehow he forgot about that holstered KelTec in his waistband.

        Yes, bad idea, this interview.

      • KA says:

        That’s interesting. It is against the state rules for a neighborhood watch to be armed while on watch. How did he “forget he had a gun if he is ALWAYS armed? It would be like forgetting you have underwear on.

      • TruthBTold says:

        @Professor Leatherman,

        I totally agree with you. MOM is really doing his client a disservice. As to your question, I don’t know who is driving this car. We already know that GZ is cut from a different type of cloth and MOM, I just don’t know what he is doing. I am of the belief, that they both think they are doing something “beneficial” th their case. MOM is under no obligation to hold interviews and create a website to keep people “informed.” I understand that as we continue to evolve technologically, it will continue to impact our lives reaching over even to the criminal justice system (i.e. e-filing legal documents in some jurisdictions, etc. unheard of back in the day), but I think attorneys have to be very careful in how they use technology in this capacity.

    • Nef05 says:

      “And does anybody know if GZ ever produced an actual address ? ”
      He did not. Also, as a point of interest, Zimmerman told police (and Taaffe reiterated it today on “In Session” on TRU TV) that Zimmerman first saw Trayvon outside Taaffe’s home, when he decided he was “suspicious”. They were both making the point that Zimmerman had prevented a probable burglary by a man who was later arrested, when he called Sanford Police to Taaffe’s home a couple of weeks before the shooting. It would be hard to convince me that Zimmerman couldn’t remember the address of his friend’s home, that he called police to, just a couple weeks prior and he had to go over to another street to get some other address as a reference point.

      Tonight he changed all that, nothing about looking for any address. He said he went to meet a police officer. Then he goes directly into the portion where the dispatcher asked for his own address. I think it was a really, really bad idea for them to do this interview.

      Bottom of pg.2, FOX transcript.
      http://www.foxnews.com/on-air/hannity/2012/07/18/exclusive-george-zimmerman-breaks-silence-hannity?page=2

    • suuzie says:

      Not only did he say, Trayvon wasn’t running, but he Trayvon was skipping. What teenager, or small boy do you know who skips down the street in the rain?

      • KA says:

        What “criminal”, “thug”, or “punk” do you know that “skips” down the street?

        • Two sides to the story says:

          The Hannity interview humanizes GZ. Do you think that TM was not also a multidimensional human being? These young men are both complex, imperfect human beings. Easy labels just don’t work and they show your ignorance.

      • KA says:

        Sorry I was quoting the “labels” used by Zimmerman himself.

        I was also being somewhat sarcastic..I would never use those labels to describe TM. He was an 11th grader and a kid like all other 11th graders.

        Sorry if I confused, I was not seriously using those labels.

      • KA says:

        But I do disagree that the interview “humanized” GZ. He seemed scripted and not authentic. He also gave several inconsistencies again to the gain of protecting his own version, and thereby, fate. He also railroaded the victims parents with meaningless half apologies and indirect “digs”.

        I do, however, think he showed a lot inhumane qualities. I read probably more insincerity than anything else. Either he is a hopelessly clueless individual, or one that just doesn’t give a penny what he says…one or the other.

  22. Two sides to the story says:

    If I didn’t know anything about the case, I would admire GZ’s poise. But since I do, I found the interveiw bizarre. Sometimes I get this sneaky feeling that O’Mara gives GZ just enough rope to hang himself.

    • Vickie Votaw says:

      That is what I thought at the beginning, when MOM took the case, I was praying that if he was as upstanding as reported, that he would see thru GZ and do something so that GZ would hang himself, but with the things MOM has been saying & doing, I figured it was a blind faith I had. Now, I have no idea what is up besides the sky.

  23. Digger says:

    “All In God’s Plan”???? So George believes he was chosen to slay Trayvon Martin. George has told Shellie he had been reading 1st Corrinthians. I am going to brush up on my reading but just off the top of my head I believe one of God’s seven commandments is
    “Thou Shall Not Kill”! “All in God’s Plan”? George DEFIED God’s plan!

    Georgie was well prepared, sitting very erect, proper and proud, using confident grammar. No regrets! No remorse! Will get off on the basis of his mental deficiency in understanding, his thoughts do not include normal reasoning and compassion. Just, listen to his tapes to Shellie, totally devious and conniving. This is the REAL George! He needs to just shut up and let God finish HIS plan.

    Admitting he did not ‘look over” to see if Trayvon was alright, said he did not know Trayvon had died until an hour later? Didn’t he also say the first thing he did was call his wife and say he had killed someone??

    Professor, I may be mistaken but didn’t Hannity invite GZ to speak to the public if he had anything to say, I don’t think it was off the cuff, GZ must have known and prepared, was careful in following
    the script.

    Will we know if this interview prompted any significant donations?
    What’s your take on O’Mara’s presence during the interview? Stoic?

    • I don’t have a TV, so I didn’t see it. I followed it on twitter.

      I’m going to have to read a transcript to be sure, but based on the tweets that I read, GW might as well have hanged himself by the neck until dead.

      Shockingly insensitive and awful performance.

      I cannot believe any lawyer would allow his client to do that.

      I’m basically speechless.

      Incredible. Just incredible.

      • Vickie Votaw says:

        Professor, does the State have to request revoking his bail again or can Judge Lester make that move on his own?

        • Judge Lester will not do it on his own because that’s not what judges do. Also, there is a pending motion to disqualify that he needs to decide before he can rule on other motions in the case.

          If the prosecution requests a bench warrant and Judge Lester is on vacation, another judge could review the application and sign-off on the bench warrant.

          Because the whole world is watching this case, however, and since the alleged violation concerns an interpretation of whether GZ’s televised “apology” violated the no-indirect-contact-with-TM’s-parents condition of his release, the warm-body judge might decline to act and urge the prosecution to wait until Judge Lester returns from vacation.

  24. An intriguing question to consider is whether GZ’s efforts to speak to the Martin family via the TV constitutes a violation of the no-contact order that prohibits any direct or indirect contact.

    • Unabogie says:

      I hope so. After this interview, I’d be very pleased if old George spent the months before his trial in jail. That man is a menace to decent people, and we’d all be safer with him off the streets.

    • Nef05 says:

      The interview was taped and edited. If it results that GZ violated the no-contact condition, with O’Mara at his side and an edit room close at hand, I think I could only describe it as egregious. The fact that O’Mara’s skating so close to the wall, that it would even be a question, is just more evidence that your assessment of his fitness, in this particular trial, is spot on.

    • rayvenwolf says:

      Myself and others have been talking about that. He did it not once but twice in the interview. The first being another apology and at the end when he made his closing statement. If nothing else O’Mara as his lawyer should have stepped in both times frankly and told him to shut his mouth.

      Then again O’mara admitted he only allowed this interview to try and gain more donations.

      He should step down because his greed is getting the better of him.

      • greenwarrior says:

        Do you have a link to O’Mara admitting he allowed the interview to solicit donations?

        • Two sides to the story says:

          Read the comments at GZLC on FB. The page links to the donation site. The supporters do all the shilling for money. Clever.

  25. N. B. ‏@nikki_nick00
    B.S. #Lies? RT @MichaelSkolnik: Zimmerman: “I meant I was going in the same direction as him…didn’t mean I was actually pursuing him.”

    God’s  ‏@Proud2BAProblem
    RT @MichaelSkolnik: I am not a lawyer, but it could be very interesting if all of his “messages” to Trayvon’s family violate the court order

    Penn ‏@Penn36
    @ReignOfApril This seems really bizzare… first hiding the money, now possibly breaking the court order… @MichaelSkolnik

    Cean ‏@ARTCETA
    @MichaelSkolnik Court order: “GZ shall have no contact directly/indirectly w/victim’s family, except as necessary discovery” @GZlegalCase

  26. tricia matthew ‏@triciamatthew
    Following @MichaelSkolnik instead of watching Fox. Seems Zimmerman didn’t learn anything from Sandusky talking to Costas #silenceisgolden.

    Michael Skolnik ‏@MichaelSkolnik
    Zimmerman changes his tune at the end: “I hate to think that my actions have polarized America and I am truly sorry.”

    Michael Skolnik ‏@MichaelSkolnik
    Zimmerman: “I do wish there was anything that I could have done where I had to take his life.”

    Michael Skolnik ‏@MichaelSkolnik
    Zimmerman now says when he left the car he walking towards his street…earlier in the intvw he said he was walking across st to find police

    BoneQweQwe ‏@BoneDpBeauty
    Who gives af RT @MichaelSkolnik: Zimmerman: “I think people assumed I was white, because of my last name…English was my second language.”

    Michael Skolnik ‏@MichaelSkolnik
    Zimmerman did not deny molestation charges tonight during the interview. Did not answer the question, but also did not deny.

  27. Amy Thrasher ‏@ScoutThrasher
    WTF! RT “@MichaelSkolnik: Hannity: “Do you regret getting out of the car that night?” Zimmerman”No sir…I feel it was all God’s plan.””

    Harley Quinn Aid! ‏@harleyquinnaid
    Wat. Just wat. “@MichaelSkolnik: Zimmerman asks for an apology from Spike Lee and Al Sharpton. #ThingsThatMakeYouGoHmmm”

    Barbara_M ‏@Barbara816
    WHAT?? RT “@MichaelSkolnik: George Zimmerman claims he did not know that Trayvon died until an hour after he got the police station.”

    Loyal_Belieber ‏@Loyal_Belieber
    ……………… RT @/MichaelSkolnik: “Hannity: Did you look over at Trayvon and realize he was in really bad shape?” Zimmerman: “No sir.”

    Kim ‏@KimOfficialEdD
    @MichaelSkolnik “all God’s plan” for Zman to kill an innocent unarmed child?!?!?!

    Terrence Floyd ‏@thecrditcardguy
    RT @MichaelSkolnik: George Zimmerman says he had not heard of the “Stand Your Ground” law before shooting Trayvon Martin.

    D. Williams. ‏@AbztraktMindst8
    @MichaelSkolnik So he is sorry they buried their child, but not sorry for killing him?

    • KA says:

      I think there is information that the EMT told him at the scene that Trayvon was dead. He had no reaction to it.

      I do not remember anything in a taped interview that he was surprised he died.

      Also, his additional apology in the interview and his discussion about and, seemingly, to Trayvon’s parents seems to be “indirect communication” to me.

      He is not setting himself up as the “praying man for peace”. It is like the man that abuses his family and cheats on his wife, yet keeps “praying for family harmony”.

      It is truly unbelievable. He understands he killed someone, right?

      • crazy1946 says:

        KA, Perhaps you should substitute “Preying Man” for “Praying Man”? I wonder if in his world he has a concept of right and wrong? This man should not be allowed to remain any where near the public, his bond should be revolked now!

      • You said,

        It is truly unbelievable. He understands he killed someone, right?

        Everything is cool in his mind, apparently, because he did not kill Trayvon Martin. He was merely the instrument through which God, in His infinite wisdom, justice, holiness and truth, acted to kill Trayvon Martin.

        No regret whatsoever.

        Madness!

      • Redmon says:

        I agree!! Get that trash and murderer off the streets before he either molest some child or kill them…

  28. I hope y’all are following this on twitter.

    This interview is a disaster for GZ.

    Enter this in search box: MichaelSkolnick

    He’s live tweeting the interview.

  29. suuzie says:

    From the very first bond hearing with GZ’s apology to the Martin family has been scripted for the purpose of fund raising. There is no way GZ or MOM would be so stupid when talking on the jail house phones. The phone calls that created bond revocation was done purposely for bond to be revoked and to raise more money. Tonight’s interview with SH is to raise money. George, intentionally, included MOM in the paypal scheme so he could switch attorneys. With all his schnenigans he has some people angry with the judge, bringing in Baez he thinks he can bring along some of Baez fans and talking with the racist preacher he can bring along some evangelical christians. What is happening here is so evil and should be against the law. If, one or any of these scenarios are true, can MOM be prosecuted?

  30. jd says:

    Re hannity

    There is nothing either GZ or MO’M can say outside of a courtroom that I care to hear unless it’s a confession. And I’ve never watched more than fourteen seconds of Faux news and I’m not going to start now. This is a pre-taped fundraiser and there will be no questions about W9 or the contradictions in his testimony, I predict.

  31. crazy1946 says:

    Perhaps all of us are miss reading the purpose of this interview? I remember reading that Zimmerman was told that SH would provide a source of funding for the defense if Baiz was included on the team, but said that MOM would with draw if that were to happen. Any bets as to B being added to the defense and MOM with drawing in a week or two? I predict that MOM will remove himself from the case within two weeks! I have stated before, and will once again, the primary funding for the defense is coming from the NRA and perhaps FOX Network, but is hidden by means of PayPal! Too bad there is no way to expose this to the public!

  32. PYorck says:

    What surprises me about the upcoming interview is that there are still mainstream outlets willing to touch this. O’Mara would never have agreed to a hard-hitting interview with real journalistic merit. However a softball interview about praying and reading fan mail while hiding from the lynch mob can end up looking pretty bad further down the line.

  33. Denise Mock says:

    To do any interview pre-trial is a terrible decision, and it makes me think O’Mara’s more concerned about pumping up the donations so he can get paid than he is about keeping his client out of prison.

    • Nef05 says:

      I thought that way, as well. I figured the donations might begin to dry up, after Monday’s release. But, a national TV interview before the trial just seems like such a risk. There’s always the possibility of those pesky little unintended consequences.

  34. Michael Stewart says:

    O’Mara appears to be seizing every available opportunity to force his clients version of events into the public domain without the threat of cross examination. This may stem from his acknowledgement that GZ will not, and cannot testify in his own defense at trial without being cannibalized by the prosecution.

    And after reading the state’s response to O’Mara’s motion to disqualify, I think it’s unlikely that Lester will step aside. Would the defense be willing to expend their uncertain resources on a SYG hearing after insulting the judge a second time?

    These tawdry pre-trial publicity stunts may serve a dual purpose: raise defense money, and ‘catapult the propaganda’ as one former president was fond saying. ‘Cause, once that trial is under way, we may not hear from GZ for several months.

    I’m beginning to think that GZ’s donor base is composed of Sean Hannity and, well, Sean Hannity (and maybe a smattering of contributors from various conservative internet forums).

    • Michael Stewart says:

      Oh yeah, the question.

      “Should Mark O’Mara Withdraw as Counsel for George Zimmerman?”

      He’s certainly privy to more information than I am, but in my opinion, yes. He should have already withdrawn.

      Everyone of prominence in the Zimmerman camp has been tainted (albeit of their own volition), and those who haven’t been infected, probably will be. And now we have O’mara in a position where he has to defend himself. Hey, he’s the barrister, he should know better than to pick-up snakes.

      Zimmerman is toxic and I think this situation just gets uglier for everyone that chooses to associate with him.

      H/T Christina Meza. She made a difficult decision and did the right thing for herself. I think this will ultimately be a cathartic experience for her.

      • Everyone of prominence in the Zimmerman camp has been tainted (albeit of their own volition), and those who haven’t been infected, probably will be. And now we have O’mara in a position where he has to defend himself. Hey, he’s the barrister, he should know better than to pick-up snakes.

        Zimmerman is toxic and I think this situation just gets uglier for everyone that chooses to associate with him.

        Yeah, but he is praying with Pastor Terry Jones for America to be calm.

        My sources on the street tell me George Zimmerman is Jesus.

    • The jury will be instructed to decide the case on the basis of the evidence introduced in court and not on anything else.

      A major purpose of the jury-selection process will be screen out everyone who will not follow that instruction.

    • Black Racism is the Good Kind of Hate says:

      [Comment removed for spewing racist garbage]

    • Two sides to a story says:

      I think OM could be cut a little slack about the donations and the media stuff, as well as taking on the GZ case. He entered a situation with many unknowns – even GZ was probably astounded that he could draw such a large amount of money, and OM had no choice but to ride with it. It’s sad that OM lied or concealed his knowledge about the donations and threw his client under the bus.

      OM apparently decided to experiment with social media and continued to solicit donations in order to be paid and to experiment with this new way of handling a high-profile case. I don’t see anything inherently evil or wrong about it. What taints the case for OM, in my opinion, is his lying, manipulative client and GZ’s like-minded friends. None of lot can shut their mouths and wait for the court hearings – but what a blessing for the prosecution and real justice in this case!

      Don’t be mistaken – I’m not a big fan of OM, but I think we should treasure the guy – he just might be purposely giving GZ enough rope to hang himself while vigorously defending him. LOL.

  35. Digger says:

    Professor, Thank you for the effort in this post. How very excellent you have laid out the issues that have been read around the block here and there. This has brought on the impact I have been missing. O’Mara’s pitch for donations is deplorable. “For those of you who would do the same if in his (ZG) shoes” This is a direct invitation to any raciest out there, to grow in support of the killing of a young black male. imo

    Not having heard any “home security guard” offering any verbal support on the media brings about a thought that they who are sincere in their efforts of community awareness would be sick and embarrassed by the approach George Zimmerman took in finalizing the life of Trayvon Martin, even though it is an isolated case.

    Mark O’Mara appears to have gotten on a horse that just may buck him off very hard. To save what is left you are right, withdraw. At this point, just can’t imagine he can revamp to restore himself by staying. (Q? What would be his best reason for him to do that and keep an audience of respect.) If GZ goes indigent, will donations still be sought and acceptable for GZ and family to keep using to pay every day bills and luxuries? One of the calls GZ made to Shellie says “are you going to your therapist?” she answers “no” GZ “you should go, it could help you”! What kind of therapy is she (are they) receiving? Is this part of what people are paying for? I could use one too!

    Can’t foresee George shutting up anytime soon!!!!!! I have thought that O’Mara could have possibly be stepping up his own public appearances to detract from his client’s hunger for top billing like they are competing with each other while forgetting there is the prosecution to watch out for.

    On the call to his pastor Terry, GZ never once sounded remorseful
    just wants the community calm, to acknowledge the “goodness”
    in him. Then there IS forgiveness, he mentioned that. Did he forgive Trayvon for walking along minding his own business, with skittles and tea? Forgiving the non-forgiving, a subject all its own.

  36. bmh says:

    I read that GZ, MOM and possbily Baez are suppose to be on Fox’s Sean Hannity tonite to discuss the case! So much for them shutting up. Since i can’t stand Sean Hannity, i wont be watching, will have to wait for the transcripts.

  37. momisbuff says:

    Please also note that in Call 6 of the original 6 jail calls released, (call dated 4/17) Shelly Zimmerman says to George that O’Mara had met with “Ken” (the primary administrator of the PayPal acct). George seem surprised & she explained that she “didn’t want to talk about it.” He agrees that is a “good idea.” She goes on to say it was about “logistics” & “Ken” felt much better after talking with O’Mara.

    You tell me why a busy attorney, who hardly even has the time to meet with his own client, has time, just DAYS before an important bond hearing, to go talk “logistics” with one of the only family members who WOULD NOT be testifying at the hearing? Oh, & coincidentally administers the funds …. Who did & didn’t testify at the hearing, as well as the specific wording of certain questions would also lead a reasonable person to believe some orchestration had happened, either by MOM himself or in complicity with him.

    Even prior to all this breaking, his declaration days after the bond hearing that he did not know about the money & George was confused about the need to disclose it, would have been reason to question his worth as an attorney. FL statute is VERY clear & it was up to him, as an attorney to make it very clear to his client that any donations made to a website, the existence of which was very well-known publicly, would need to be disclosed. If George was “confused” as to that, he would not have properly counseled his client. We now know there is likely much more to it.

    By the way, it would seem that that ABA is going to need to tackle the idea of a defense attorney actively fundraising to fund the defense he is putting on. It would seem to give rise to all kinds of questionable ethical issues: padding the bill and/or prolonging the defense, the potential make considerations in the interest of the funding rather than the interests of the client (does it bring in more $$ for him to be in jail rather than out?? Well, then … –type of thing), and ugly appeals which make the client look like a jackass. We are seeing the tip of the iceburg with O’Mara’s actions & I would think it is the type of thing that the ABA might want to reign in PDQ! 🙂

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