Skip to comments.George Zimmerman attorneys quit as counsel
Posted on 04/10/2012 2:07:08 PM PDT by Justaham
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Zimmerman's attorneys announced they have stepped down and are no longer representing him
Attorneys say Zimmerman has not stayed in contact with them, scheduled media appearance with Sean Hannity on his own
"It's no so much that we are resigning. It's that we cannot continue to represent him until he comes forward," said attorney Craig Sonner
"He's got to reach out to us," Uhrig said
Despite stepping away from Zimmerman as a client, both attorneys say they continue to believe he acted in self-defense. "We frankly believe the correct decision will be to not charge him," Uhrig said.
The attorneys say they know of Zimmerman's location and have his personal phone number but have been unable to reach him directly for 48 hours.
"George can't go out and buy a Diet Coke. There's a bounty on his head," Uhrig said.
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Have they announced when he will be on Hannity?
This guy is an idiot, and going to hand the lynch mob a win. He should stay with his attorneys, and keep his mouth shut.
Zimmerman’s probably just afraid & confused.
Maybe this is a ploy to get him to call his attornies.
Yes, a bit of both I suppose.
Just to clarify, these two ARE his attorneys, right? Not just a pair of lawyers who say that they’re representing him, for free, of course, without actually talking to him first and getting his agreement?
Myself, on such a high profile case, if *I* knew where he was and I was representing him, I’d have sent someone over, even if it’s the local PD, to encourage him to pick up the phone and call.
Why should an American citizen who has done nothing wrong and has not been charged with a crime stay in touch with attorneys?
This is odd. they haven’t heard from him in 48 hours and they quit the case? Something else is up with this. Not sure what, but that just doesn’t make sense.
Maybe they are getting death threats and are looking for an excuse to drop the case.
Zimmerman probably got smart and realized his lawyers were about to sell him out...
Zimmerman is going rogue.
I imagine his attorneys were advising him to lay low because the investigating authorities asked him to.
If I were his attorney, I would have Zimmerman give a statement by phone or on camera from a secret location in which he says that Trayvon Martin was trying to kill him.
If I were in George Zimmerman’s shoes, I would be pleading my innocence from the rooftops. That’s just me.
When you have possible charges (serious charges at that) pending, and when you have people putting a bounty on your head, and broadcast networks slandering you, you better have attorneys.
Didn’t the attorneys say that Zimmerman had spoken to the prosecutors without them? I could have sworn they said that because I thought how dang stupid can you get.
BUT, *if* he did speak to prosecuters and found out he will not be charged, wouldn’t he then be free to leave the country?
If so, I would want the account and website only connected to me and not anyone else who could be hurt by it or give up information.
Maybe they allowed him a head-start out of the country before they announce no charges? Far fetched?
My guess is the media appearance is the reason. Lawyers hate that kind of thing, for good reason.
At some point, sure. But in the middle of the firestorm, knowing that there are dozens of attorneys who would jump at the chance to represent should there be charges, and plenty of time to sue the broadcast networks, why do we expect an American citizen who did nothing wrong to do anything other than go about his life as a free person?
“Please speak with my attorney!
This only a guess on my part - I have no proof whatsoever.
I have a feeling the Latino faction my have finally had enough of this bashing and decided to take up his cause. If he shows up with new lawyers, and their backgrounds include Latino civil rights issues, then we’ll know the plan.
If so, the first order of business would be to get rid of the existing lawyers, and then begin fighting the case in the public media. And that is what appears to be happening.
The reference to Hannity has been removed from the story.
The article states with certainty that the attorneys were representing him, therefore I must accept that statement as fact.
The guy has a bounty on his head from the NBPP, as well the MSM, Leftist/Democrat, and black society in general are stirred up as a nest of Hornets demanding his sentence be carried out before he is even gone to trial.
I’m of the belief his best bet is to lay low, and stay close with his attorneys as the legal aspects of this swell, and contract hourly.
It isn’t amateur hour. He needs the professionals on his side all the way to the end of this if ever there is.
Uhrig was the one who refered to Zimmerman and Shaken Baby Syndrome.
That did not go over well.
So... Bye. I’m thinking Z wlll
1. either not need a defense team at all (No charges) or
2. have such a strong defense fund that he will go with a superstar defense team.
He repeats himself incessantly, he turns every topic into something that is about him, and he constantly uses the same tired cliches.
Why in the hell would Zimmerman go on his show? It is just giving ammo to the NBPs who already think Hannity/FoxNews is the enemy.
And is it possible that someone has already gotten to George, and that is why he isn't picking up his phone?
from the article...
I think Zimmerman may have yet another lawsuit against his “counsel” if things go badly for him. Last time I checked, when you have a client who is the most hated man in america and has a bounty on his head, you don’t drop him for not being in touch for 48 hours. You figure out WTH is going on and make sure nothing bad has happened.
Dropping Zimmerman on these grounds is criminal and if it winds up hurting him, he should file charges against them and get them sanctioned if not disbarred. The only thing I can think is that Zimmerman ok’d it and they all have a heads up that this is ok for them to do.
“If he shows up with new lawyers, and their backgrounds include Latino civil rights issues, then well know the plan.”
Fine, that might save his ass.
Meanwhile, white, Christian males, in the same predicament, are clearly SOL.
Because oftentimes listening to your attorney is the difference between getting charged and not getting charged.
Most people convict themselves based on their statements to police.
Zimmerman is definitely afraid (I feel for him on this point).
The only way to “SAVE” himself is to UP his visibility in some way. Lots of stuff going around in the background of this case, and many power people in play. It wouldn’t surprise me at this point if Zimmerman doesn’t know who to trust - which may be a real concern. I’ll be praying that with God’s help the path to Freedom will become clear to him - and give him strength and courage to face this head-on despite whatever the reprecussions may be.
For Zimmerman’s family - DOCUMENT, DOCUMENT, DOCUMENT! Hang-ups, strange phone calls, strange mail, or anything out of the ordinary. Time date and descriptions. A pattern might become apparent and that pattern may be of assistance to police who are trying to maintain control of the situation.
Or a jet gassed up and ready.
My guess is the “money behind” the MSM has gotten to the attorneys. The MSM is very very afraid of what exposure of their lies will cost them in legal settlements.
And this is obviously being fanned by the Traitor who inhabits 1600 Penn. Ave.
I’ve got a third possible:
Maybe Zimmerman has just decided that the legal system is more about billables than anything as quaint as “Justice” anymore, so he may as well go fight this out in any friendly or semi-friendly media he can find.
Sue the media for slandering him? Lotsa luck with that.
Maybe he can join up with VN Vets in a class action.
/dripping with sarc
Good points. I wasn’t looking at that. I was thinking about the other article about him going on TV, and then this article popped up in which he’s apparently playing ditch’em with his attorneys, and came to my conclusion.
Regardless he’s best to stay out of site IMO rather than stir up the Hornets nest providing words for the enemy to twist, which is a game the Left loves to play, and are exceptional at.
Yes we do. (/facepalm)
For a perfect example why, see Jerry Sandusky's interview.
Scheduling media appearances is terrible. I’d have quit on him, too. He hurts his legal case.
Scheduling media appearances is terrible. I’d have quit on him, too. He hurts his legal case.
Every news piece or documentary I’ve seen on Judge Bork said he made a fatal error by shying away from the media and letting them define him without going out in public and pleading his case. I thought everyone else had learned that lesson by now. If you’re innocent, you cannot stay in hiding and not respond to the negative attacks. If you’re guilty, then, yeah, you should probably keep your mouth shut, so you don’t incriminate yourself, and hope you get off on a technicality. Not speaking out in your defense will cause people to assume the accusations against you are correct, plain and simple. Zimmerman could win the court case but still have his life and reputation ruined if he doesn’t address the public.
that interview is his suicide. He will not survive it either way since it will be used against him civily and criminally.
I wonder if the issue is really money too. Perhaps they wanted zimmerman to sign over the movie and book rights.
No, they haven't. Many still think a political prosecution can be handled within the legal system. The Duke Lacrosse Frame taught us different.
Sandusky’s guilty though. If your goal is to get a guilty client off on a technicality then, yes, you don’t want them out there providing verbal evidence of their guilt in public. But if I’m innocent and being tried in the media, I will be pleading my case from the rooftops no matter what you guys say. It’s difficult to keep lies consistent because they’re lies, so the more you talk the more you might trip yourself up. But if you’re innocent and only want to tell the truth, I would think you have very little to be afraid of by speaking out. Not that you want to go into a hostile interview that might try to trip you up, but going on Sean Hannity is going to be fine.
it’s possible that Zimmerman is raking in the money already with his online request for legal support, and is moving on to more expensive and qualified attorneys.
After reading your comment, I tried to put myself in Zimmerman's shoes.
Afraid and confused, yes, I would be. I would also be completely paranoid about my family and friends safety, as well as my own.
That is a heavy burden.
That would be my first and biggest concern as his lawyers; that Malik Zulu Shazam and his tribe of cannibals hasn't killed him.
if that was the case then he would not be going on the hanity show.
The two attorneys who have been representing George Zimmerman announced at a press conference minutes ago that they are withdrawing as his legal counsel.
“On Sunday, we lost track of George, in that he would not return our calls,” attorney Hal Uhrig said. Said attorney Craig Sonner, “I've lost contact with him at this point.”
Sonner and Uhrig, who have been publicly representing Zimmerman in the media, said that Zimmerman has not been answering their phone calls.
The lawyers said Zimmerman called Sean Hannity of Fox News without consulting with them. He also called the office of the special prosecutor in the case, something the attorneys said they'd never have told him to do.
“We were a bit astonished,” Uhrig said. He praised Special Prosecutor Angela Corey's office for declining to speak with Zimmerman without legal counsel.
He added that he thinks Zimmerman is going through post-traumatic stress. “He's largely alone... he's at least emotionally alone.”
Sonner said that he'd be willing to represent Zimmerman again in the future, if Zimmerman were to get back in contact with him.
Both lawyers were adamant that they still believe Zimmerman is innocent, and defended his actions on the night of the shooting at length when questioned by reporters.
However, they said they can't represent him without being in communication with him.
According to Uhrig, Zimmerman had characterized the lawyers working for him as “legal advisors,” not his attorneys.
“I'm not sure what the distinction is, but in his mind there's a distinction,” Uhrig said.
Zimmerman has been in hiding since the shooting. Sonner said on Tuesday that Zimmerman is still in the United States. Both lawyers were repeatedly prodded on his location.
Said Uhrig: “I will not tell you where George Zimmerman is, because I don't know.”
During that press conference, they revealed that Zimmerman had had a conversation with Hannity.
“We learned that he had contacted Sean Hannity of Fox News directly, not through us, and we believe, I can't confirm this, we believe that he spoke directly with Sean, off the record, and he's not even willing to tell us what our client told him,” attorney Hal Uhrig said.
In an even stranger twist, the site Loop21 published on Tuesday what it said was an email correspondence with Zimmerman. In response to an email asking him to prove he was actually George Zimmerman, the man replied, “Certainly, You can contact Sean Hannity I spoke with him today and he confirmed my identity.”
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From: REDACTED Mon, Apr 9, 2012 at 5:58 PM
To: Wesley Lowery
Certainly, You can contact Sean Hannity I spoke with him today and he confirmed my identity.
The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil, is that good men do nothing. - Edmund Burke.
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Because he’s under investigation. The cops aren’t on your side, the DA isn’t on your side, when they’re investigating something involving you you’d better get SOMEBODY on your side.
Hannity is a guaranteed friendly interview if you’re on the conservative side of the issue.
I also think he’s a likable guy and more in the Palin wing of the party than the Romney wing. He’s not creative enough that I want to listen to him monologue for 3 hours, but then very few people are. So I don’t understand the animosity.
Anything he says to Hannity can and will be used against him. He shouldn’t be saying anything to anyone.
Maybe he left the country.
“Why should an American citizen who has done nothing wrong and has not been charged with a crime stay in touch with attorneys?”
He shouldn’t but it would be the prudent thing to do.There is a lot of hate out there,thanks to Obama,Al,and all the rest of the race pimps.
Zimmerman should expect that he will be charged with something. They are going to throw him to the wolves. So he should start working on the jury now.
I would make a statement and plead my innocence, and ask all people to think about what they would do in a situation where they were being beaten and told that they were going to die.
I always believe it is best to get out in front of things like this.
if he called the prosecutor, at least an ethical one, they would have declined to talk to him because he was represented by counsel. They would have been obliged to tell him to obtain consent from his lawyers OR to fire his lawyers.
even then it would be dangerous territory for an opposition attorney.