Skip to comments.Local 6 legal expert Mark O'Mara now representing George Zimmerman
Posted on 04/11/2012 4:43:02 PM PDT by Third Person
ORLANDO, Fla. -
Attorney Mark O'Mara, who was a legal expert for Local 6 in the Casey Anthony murder trial and the ongoing Trayvon Martin death investigation, is now representing George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watchman who shot and killed the teen in Sanford.
Zimmerman was charged Wednesday with second-degree murder in Martin's death.
O'Mara said Zimmerman will plead not guilty.
"I'm expecting a lot of work and hopefully justice in the end," said O'Mara, who added that Zimmerman is OK but concerned about his future. "He's frightened."
O'Mara said he spoke to Zimmerman on the phone earlier in the day.
"He is troubled by everything that has happened, and I cant imagine living in Geroge Zimmerman's shoes for the past number of weeks, only because he has been the focus of anger, confusion and hatred, and that has to be difficult," O'Mara said.
O'Mara, who's been practicing law for 30 years, said he's tried "stand your ground" cases in the past but added that he has a lot of work to do in this case.
"Quite honestly, I have not been involved in the case very long. I probably know as much as the media does, if not less," he said. "My hope is that the judge will grant a bond and that it is a bond the family can make."
Zimmerman's former attorneys, Craig Sonner and Hal Uhrig, announced Tuesday they were stepping down from the case because they had not had any contact with Zimmerman since Sunday.
Second-degree murder carries a maximum sentence of life in prison and is typically charged when there is a fight or other confrontation that results in death and where there is no premeditated plan to kill someone.
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Those other ones were clowns. Glad he got what appears to be a decent atty.
>>George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watchman who shot and killed the teen in Sanford.<<
If he needs money, Zimmerman should scour the newspapers for this kind of statement.
Without “alleged” or “accused” it is libel — black letter law. And he should sue now.
I hope his lawyer is paying attention, keeping score, and taking names.
Attorney Mark O’Mara, who was a legal expert for Local 6-————
a legal expert for a ‘news’ station.
Doesn’t instill confidence in me.
The wild card here is that Zimmerman is said to have had a personal conversation with Corey with no lawyer present - a big no,no.
If he said something stupid in a less than clear frame of mind he could be screwed.
The press conference just ended and the video of the presser has not been posted yet.
Watch it if becomes available... Zimmerman has retained someone several notches above his previous representation.
If Zimmerman was a liberal democrat, I’m sure he’s shaken to the core now to see himself on the other end of certain groups’ treatment of him.
Come on! It's shaping up to be like the plot of a Tom Wolfe novel! Imagine the ratings!
This is going to be bigger than the internet.
“The wild card here is that Zimmerman is said to have had a personal conversation with Corey with no lawyer present - a big no,no.”
It is a huge no-no, but one which can cut both ways, depending on the specifics.
And now the Circus begins.
While no one is looking Zero sets fire to the tent.
Wouldn't it be great if he wasn't "Merandized" with that conversation?
This is a "high tech lynching" that's going on, anyway, just to appease the black population. If he's found "Not Guilty", you can see the Rodney King verdict reaction, multiplied IMMENSELY occurring.
I wonder if he will take direct donations for Zimmerman's case? I'd be down.
We must win this one. For the America we knew. If Zimmerman loses, America will experience another civil war.
That’s right, no `person of interest’ or `alleged,’ just statements that he was the killer and strongly suggesting that it was an unjustified or unexcused shooting.
And I’m starting to think Treyvon Martin’s first name is Unarmed.
Is O’Mara also friends with Joe Oliver?
Does a second degree murder charge mean the state thinks Zimmerman assaulted Martin and initiated the fight? Doesn’t he have to be the aggressor to get second degree murder?
Sheesh! it was only yesterday that the line was she was a bitch for refusing to take his phone call when he wanted to put his side to her.
I really dont think thats how it works. It would be unethical for a prosecutor to bring a suspect in for a meeting or questioning and deny that person the right to have council present. However if the person comes in to talk to the prosecutor on their own volition and has already been Marandized or otherwise informed of their right to have their lawyer present and or their lawyer has previously advised them not to talk to the police or prosecutor without their presence, then the prosecutor has done nothing unethical.
Perhaps. Oliver did do an interview with Local 6 recently:
In the FR thread you linked to, it says that Oliver reached out to the first attorney, Craig Sonner, on Zimmerman’s behalf.
I don’t think Zimmerman has a chance unless the judge gives a directed verdict. Just wait and see. What is every defendant guaranteed in this country? A trial by a jury of his peers. Dollars to donuts the jury will be made up of a jury of Trayvon’s peers.
He could also walk... He had a bounty on his head from an organization that had gotten preferential treatment from our Federal AG... Nothing would be admissible.
Even that doesn’t matter.... How does a broken nose and and eye witness not establish an impenetrable self defense case?
Let the justice system work. Hopefully all the facts will come out, and a right decision will be rendered by a good jury.
I am sorry Zimmerman has to go through this if he is innocent. But a man was killed and it is important to know whether the shooting was justified or not.
He should have retained Jose Baez to be his lawyer. Imagine what that trial would look like.
“. How does a broken nose and and eye witness not establish an impenetrable self defense case?”
If I were on the jury, I’d like to know if Trayvon hitting Zimmerman and banging his head on the sidewalk (assuming the witness states this in the trial) was due to Trayvon defending himself - for instance if Zimmerman had jumped on Trayvon or brandished his gun at him or something.
They’d have to prove the beyond a reasonable doubt for me to convict Zimmerman of anything. But the damage Zimmerman sustained is not PROOF that it was ok for him to shoot him. It does support him, but that’s all.
His lawyer won’t allow that.
“Let the justice system work. Hopefully all the facts will come out, and a right decision will be rendered by a good jury.”
yeah, just like the OJ trial....
There will definitely need to be a change of venue for this trial. Of course the race baiters will want a majority of African Americans on the jury..quite the opposite of the OJ Simpson trial.
How does the prosecution prove that Zimmerman initiated a violent altercation? That’s going to be tough.
Except for the fact that in this case, Zimmerman provided a statement to police acknowledging that he did shoot Martin.
>>Except for the fact that in this case, Zimmerman provided a statement to police acknowledging that he did shoot Martin.<<
I hadn’t heard that. Yes, it changes things.
His previous lawyers also said that Corey flatly refused to speak with him without his lawyers present, and they praised her for that.
“How does the prosecution prove that Zimmerman initiated a violent altercation? Thats going to be tough.”
The only way I can think of is with a credible eyewitness or a video of some kind.
Otherwise, the presumption of innocence has to prevail. We can’t presume him guilty. As a juror, that would be my reasoning. I’d need to have good reason to believe that Zimmerman assaulted Martin first.
“yeah, just like the OJ trial....”
I thought it was looking bad for OJ until those gloves didn’t fit. I think that’s what turned it. But who knows.
Anyway, in that case, a man was acquitted of murder. I think Zimmerman should be, too, unless there is some big evidence we don’t know about.