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The Sarah Palin Defense Strategy: George Zimmermanís lawyer is using social media like a pro.
Slate ^ | May 4, 2012 | Emily Bazelon

Posted on 05/05/2012 10:53:08 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

George Zimmerman, charged with second-degree murder for the killing of Trayvon Martin, is shutting down his old social media accounts. (Not helpful: The 2005 MySpace page where he wrote “I dont miss driving around scared to hit mexicans walkin on the side of the street, soft ass wanna be thugs messin with peoples cars.”) Zimmerman isn’t going dark online, however. Instead, his defense lawyer, Mark O’Mara, started up a new Web page for his client this week, with Facebook and Twitter accounts to go with it.

O’Mara noticed that Zimmerman had raised $204,000 from a website he started in April, and the new page will raise money, too. More interestingly, O’Mara said that social media will be his tool for responding quickly and efficiently to “misinformation” about his client and the case. If his strategy works, O’Mara will be the Sarah Palin of defense lawyers: The guy who changed the legal publicity game via the Twitter and Facebook blast.

What differentiates O’Mara from the politicians, though, is that lawyers have an uneasy relationship with publicity in general and pretrial publicity in particular. High-profile attorneys, of course, use the press. But the rules for the bar prevent them from making public statements that are likely to prejudice a legal proceeding. What does that mean? The pat answer is that lawyers aren’t supposed to taint the jury pool by trying a case in public before they do it in the courtroom.

In cases like Zimmerman’s, though, the media will serve up endless coverage whether O’Mara stays silent or goes on TV every day. (The prosecutor in the case announced the charges against Zimmerman in a nationally televised press conference while the screen behind her flashed adorable pictures from Trayvon Martin’s childhood.)

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TOPICS: Computers/Internet; TV/Movies
KEYWORDS: facebook; florida; georgezimmerman; internet; myspace; palin; trayvonmartin; zimmerman
This almost sounds like they're complimenting both Governor Palin and Mr. O'Mara. Are they ill?
1 posted on 05/05/2012 10:53:11 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Without Palin in the headline this story would never have been posted.


2 posted on 05/05/2012 11:00:20 PM PDT by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
“I dont miss driving around scared to hit mexicans walkin on the side of the street, soft ass wanna be thugs messin with peoples cars.”

Now ya see? What is this supposed to indicate? Apparently one might gain an impression of the white hispanic giving in to his white side and mercilessly mowing down mexicans in his large automobile.

But that's not what he says. He says he was SCARED to hit mexicans who were "messin with peoples cars". The quotation begs for context. I surmise that he was saying that this was something he had to deal with formerly, and that he is glad to be free of it, presumably due to a relocation.

3 posted on 05/05/2012 11:19:52 PM PDT by dr_lew
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To: Liberty Valance

Huh? Says who?


4 posted on 05/05/2012 11:19:52 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (Ich habe keinen Konig aber Gott)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

From the article:

“I’d argue that jurors can have some background about a case and still decide it fairly.”

Uh... The reason it was called a jury of your PEERS is because it USED TO be exactly that.


5 posted on 05/05/2012 11:39:38 PM PDT by UCANSEE2 (Lame and ill-informed post)
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To: Liberty Valance

Seriously, what does ANY of this have to do with Sarah Palin?

OK, lately she’s been ruling the world a little from Facebook, which astonishes me. But when she was still gov. and fending off the bogus ethics complaints she didn’t use facebook for that.

Maybe she should have.

This article pretty despicably seeks to link Sarah Palin to George Zimmerman and Trayvon Martin.

Despicably and inanely. This is the Left in all its hideous glory.


6 posted on 05/06/2012 1:06:51 AM PDT by jocon307
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Author altered the title...big no-no in FR....hey mods give this fool a smack down.


7 posted on 05/06/2012 8:21:22 AM PDT by ak267
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Huh? Says who?

Aren't you tired of the liberal media writing the narrative for Sarah Palin? This one is just "made-up" out of whole cloth. Slate has to use Palin's name to draw attention/hits to their latest whipping boy meme. Don't feed the beast. JMHO.

8 posted on 05/06/2012 10:49:44 AM PDT by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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