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Zimmerman's lawyer launches social media campaign (Irony alert)
MSNBC's Technolog ^ | April 30, 2012 | Suzanne Choney

Posted on 04/30/2012 4:07:25 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

George Zimmerman's attorney has launched an all-out social media campaign on behalf of his client, accused of second-degree murder in the killing of Trayvon Martin.

That social media effort includes a Facebook page, a website and a Twitter account on behalf of Zimmerman.

"We understand that it is unusual for a legal defense to maintain a social media presence on behalf of a defendant, but we also acknowledge that this is a very unusual case," says Zimmerman attorney Mark O'Mara on the new site, George Zimmerman Legal Case.

The American Bar Association's standards of professional conduct does not deal with social media, a spokesman for the ABA told msnbc.com, but "it's certainly going to be on everyone's radar screen" now.

Stephen A. Saltzburg, a member of the ABA's governing body, the House of Delegates, and former chairman of the ABA's criminal justice section, said "generally speaking, lawyers are not supposed to be making public statements that could compromise a fair trial."

Whether the Zimmerman social media effort will do that would be up to a judge, Saltzburg said....

(Excerpt) Read more at technolog.msnbc.msn.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Extended News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: florida; georgezimmerman; internet; trayvon; trayvonmartin; zimmerman
Isn't this the same case where the special prosecutor held a long press conference and praised the "victim's" parents? Isn't this the same case where Trayvon's family lawyer made slanderous statements about the defendant and used Al Sharpton as an assistant? Isn't this the same case where the current occupant of the White House and his Attorney General have rushed in like a bull in a china shop?! Isn't this the same case where the Black Panthers offered a one million dollar reward, dead or alive, for a man who hadn't been accused of anything?! And they're worried about what Mr. O'Mara is up to?! SERIOUSLY?!
1 posted on 04/30/2012 4:07:37 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet; maggief; Cboldt; SWAMPSNIPER; little jeremiah

They’re upset because he hasn’t turned the other cheek, but IS holding his ground.


2 posted on 04/30/2012 4:13:52 PM PDT by hoosiermama
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Time for the NAACP to request a gag order. Like the NC NAACP did in the Duke lacrosse case.


3 posted on 04/30/2012 4:15:49 PM PDT by Ken H (Austerity is the irresistible force. Entitlements are the immovable object.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
As an attorney, this makes me nervous. I will refrain further comment until I see what has been said.

I thought Alan Gura and his firm did a great job with the DC gun case and updating us with that, but that's whole different matter than a criminal trial with freedom in the balance.

4 posted on 04/30/2012 4:16:59 PM PDT by Darren McCarty (The Republican Party is bigger than the presidency.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
While I applaud any effort to portray GZ in a favorable light, I have this feeling O’Mara is gonna screw this up for GZ.

For GZ, having this over as quickly & quietly as possible should be the goal.

For O’Mara, not so. Dragging this out for months to enhance his career is his probable plan.

I wish Alan Dershowitz (sp?), needing no additional fame, would take over this case & end it in a quick immunity hearing, which I believe GZ would win, hands down.

5 posted on 04/30/2012 4:25:36 PM PDT by Mister Da (The mark of a wise man is not what he knows, but what he knows he doesn't know!)
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To: Darren McCarty

When the DA has already convicted you in the press,
and the press is going along with the lynch mob,

then the defendant MUST come out swinging in his
own defense;

because the media isn’t going to report accurately
or do that job on its own.


6 posted on 04/30/2012 4:26:23 PM PDT by CondorFlight (I)
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To: Mister Da

Alan is an appeals attorney, and this is going to move as fast as the court schedule dictates.


7 posted on 04/30/2012 4:27:39 PM PDT by chris37 (Heartless.)
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To: CondorFlight

And, pardon my cynicism, but there are times when you can’t just wait for the legal system to “work”.

The Scottsboro boys did that, and got convicted, and absent a courageous judge (a rare breed) would have been hanged for a crime which never happened. They needed all the help they could get—in the form of outside publicity and protests.

And the Duke lacrosse team would have almost certainly been convicted by a biased and/or intimidated jury (17% of potential jurors, when poled, said they would vote to convict them even if they were innocent).

If the system isn’t going to stop a Nifong or a Corey,
then the usual rules have to be tossed.


8 posted on 04/30/2012 4:33:38 PM PDT by CondorFlight (I)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Zimmerman's lawyer launches social media campaign

Very shrewd strategic move. Probably the only way to get out the real story past the "main slime prejudiced media".

9 posted on 04/30/2012 4:40:52 PM PDT by GoldenPup (Comrade "O" has got to GO!!)
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To: chris37

“this is going to move as fast as the court schedule dictates.”

Speedy trial law is an option if they want to invoke it.


10 posted on 04/30/2012 4:47:34 PM PDT by bluecollarman (Wanted....witty tagline.)
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To: Darren McCarty

I posted a few days ago that this guy made me nervous. And a few reassured me he’s great,so i said okay.

The only thing that is unusual about this case is the publicity Its a self defense case. Not that unusual.

Yet he seems obsessed by the publicity aspect.

Continued good luck and prayers,George.


11 posted on 04/30/2012 4:58:41 PM PDT by americas.best.days...
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To: chris37
Both the defense & the prosecution can delay, delay, delay.

I do not believe a delay is in GZ’s best interests. A strong lawyer, acting on those best interests, would insist on a speedy immunity hearing, where he would destroy the Corey indictment. Court schedules can & are altered.

12 posted on 04/30/2012 4:59:07 PM PDT by Mister Da (The mark of a wise man is not what he knows, but what he knows he doesn't know!)
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To: americas.best.days...

O’Mara seems to understand that this is a political trial. I see this as a good move.


13 posted on 04/30/2012 5:04:06 PM PDT by Ken H (Austerity is the irresistible force. Entitlements are the immovable object.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

criminal trials are supposed to be unfair to the prosecution. The prosecution has the overwhelming burded to exclude EVERY REASONABLE doubt. period.

that is unfair to the state. the way it is supposed to be.


14 posted on 04/30/2012 5:09:14 PM PDT by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: Mister Da

I believe arraignment will be next, then a plea, then such motions can be made if I am not mistaken.


15 posted on 04/30/2012 5:10:16 PM PDT by chris37 (Heartless.)
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To: chris37

unless there is a motion regarding the arrest, arraignments are next and can be done by written plea. Not MSM media circus.


16 posted on 04/30/2012 5:23:05 PM PDT by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Some of the local libs were laughing about "stupid" George Zimmerman's "silly" little PayPal site. They haven't been laughing since they found out it brought in over two hundred thousand bucks in just a few days.

I wonder if PayPal has ever seen money come in that fast before.

17 posted on 04/30/2012 5:32:25 PM PDT by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, a Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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To: Ken H

The concept of armed self defense is being tried, poor George Zimmerman just got caught in the middle. If it wasn’t George it would be someone else.


18 posted on 04/30/2012 5:37:23 PM PDT by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, a Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I think this could be a shrewd move however I remember hearing the term “Pro Bono” in regards to this case.

“We do intend to raise funds on behalf of our client, and when we are approved to do so, we will accept funds online.”

...yes, and be very careful as to how these funds are appropriated.


19 posted on 04/30/2012 6:04:03 PM PDT by loucon
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To: SWAMPSNIPER
Some of the local libs were laughing about "stupid" George Zimmerman's "silly" little PayPal site. They haven't been laughing since they found out it brought in over two hundred thousand bucks in just a few days.

I'll bet they haven't been laughing, either. That seems like an extraordinary amount of money in such a short time, especially since there was virtually no publicity and it was apparently a pretty half-assed sight.

20 posted on 04/30/2012 6:05:27 PM PDT by Ken H (Austerity is the irresistible force. Entitlements are the immovable object.)
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To: Ken H

last word of post should be ‘site’ not ‘sight’


21 posted on 04/30/2012 6:06:48 PM PDT by Ken H (Austerity is the irresistible force. Entitlements are the immovable object.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
They're upset because they see the financial support for Zimmerman and they know millions of fairminded Americans will continue to rally to Zimmerman's support. BTW, anyone know how much money has been donated to the Trayvon Martin Memorial Fund?
22 posted on 04/30/2012 6:12:00 PM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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To: CondorFlight
Indeed. This is a political fight and the law is incompetent to bring justice on its own. Think Bonfire of the Vanities. I wouldn't trust the legal system if George was my kid. No way in hell. I'd fight to the death and hopefully so will Zim's attorney.
23 posted on 04/30/2012 6:15:59 PM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

You sir just took out your hammer and hit the nail squarely on the head. The whole concept of self defense which is clearly outside the grasp of liberals is on trial. If George Zimmerman had not shot Treyvon Martin in self defense where would we be at this point. George’s parents and other well wishers along with self defense and pro carry groups would be working to force local law enforcement agencies to work harder in an effort to find George’s killer. That’s right because George would have been found dead on that sidewalk where Treyvon jumped him and his head would be bashed in from the sidewalk. It of course would not be classed as a hate crime all of the evidence would be considered suspect. George’s gun, wallet, cash, and credit cards would be stolen hours later his house would be broken into and everything of value would be stolen. The local LEO’S would most likely be afraid to talk about the suspect in real terms and the chances of a positive ID would be next to impossible. After all hundred’s of black youths look like Barack Obama. www.georgezimmermanisinnocent.com


24 posted on 04/30/2012 6:23:37 PM PDT by cquiggy
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To: hinckley buzzard

A small (8-12 member) call center team from India or the Philippines could raise $2-3 million for him in a week. By myself, I could put together another $200K in a month. There’s a huge base of support for him and push-back for this case and how the race-baiters have glommed onto it.


25 posted on 04/30/2012 6:38:01 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (Ich habe keinen Konig aber Gott)
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To: Ken H

A lot of people saw themselves in George Zimmerman’s shoes..


26 posted on 04/30/2012 9:17:45 PM PDT by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, a Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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