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Zimmerman trial lawyers have very different styles
The Orlando Sentinel ^ | June 22, 2013 | Rene Stutzman and Jeff Weiner

Posted on 06/22/2013 5:26:47 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

SANFORD — They have very different styles: Assistant State Attorney Bernie de la Rionda is fiery, dramatic and aggressive. Defense attorney Mark O'Mara is calm, laid-back and thoughtful.

On Monday, they will go head-to-head, de la Rionda trying to convict George Zimmerman of second-degree murder in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, O'Mara trying to win his acquittal.

For each, it is the biggest case of his career.

De la Rionda has said little to reporters, but during hearings and jury selection, he has made clear his passion.

"We are to seek justice, to present evidence of wrongdoing," he told 40 prospective jurors Wednesday.

O'Mara has been far more visible, vocal and in recent months more confident. He has begun to predict victory.

"This case will fall," he said Thursday, "on the fact that the state cannot convince a jury beyond a reasonable doubt with their evidence that a crime was committed by my client."

The two attorneys were collegial during the two weeks of jury selection, but earlier, their criticism of each other turned bitter.

De la Rionda has repeatedly accused O'Mara of grandstanding and playing to the media. O'Mara has accused the prosecutor of failing to turn over key information in the case, including that the state's most important witness lied under oath....

(Excerpt) Read more at orlandosentinel.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Extended News; Government; US: Florida
KEYWORDS: berniedelarionda; florida; georgezimmerman; markomara; trayvon; trayvonmartin; zimmerman
Does Mr. De la Rionda get promoted if he wins or does Rick Scott or Barry make him an appointee?
1 posted on 06/22/2013 5:26:47 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Maybe Al Sharpton will adopt him.


2 posted on 06/22/2013 5:30:33 PM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
If this case were going to be decided on its merits and Florida law regarding 2nd degree homicide the state should be very worried about proving the third element.

There was an unlawful killing of the victim by an act imminently dangerous to another and demonstrating a depraved mind without regard for human life.

I don't know how you can prove that a guy on his back getting his head thumped into a concrete sidewalk demonstrates a depraved mind when he shoots his attacker.

Of course this case won't be decided on its merits. It will be decided on emotion.

3 posted on 06/22/2013 5:32:56 PM PDT by USNBandit (sarcasm engaged at all times)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
State Attorneys:


4 posted on 06/22/2013 5:35:07 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: USNBandit

As for the 911 call, why would Trayvon be yelling ‘help’ when the only wounds he had, besides the gunshot wound that killed him, were offensive wounds on his hands? If this Defense Attorney cannot win, he should retire. That being said, I hope the jury actually cares about the law, right and wrong, or there could be a problem.


5 posted on 06/22/2013 5:38:34 PM PDT by originalbuckeye (Never yield to force; never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The authorities did not charge Zimmerman for 9 months.

Obama, the daddy, made the call to the state, “Get that boy”


6 posted on 06/22/2013 5:43:01 PM PDT by Christie at the beach
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To: Paladin2

7 posted on 06/22/2013 5:49:03 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
De la Rionda has repeatedly accused O'Mara of grandstanding and playing to the media. O'Mara has accused the prosecutor of failing to turn over key information in the case, including that the state's most important witness lied under oath

With all due respect, Rene, those two accusations are not equivalent:

What Bernie accused O'Mara of is legal behaviour, but what O'Mara accused Bernie of is criminal misconduct. It is a crime to do what Bernie has done in this case.

Are you that stupid or is it your AA editor that makes you that way???

8 posted on 06/22/2013 6:03:48 PM PDT by Uncle Chip
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To: a fool in paradise

Sorry, can’t find the pic.


9 posted on 06/22/2013 6:05:05 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: Paladin2

10 posted on 06/22/2013 6:07:52 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I’ve been following this since the hearings began.

IMHO, Prosecutor De la Rionda come across as a slick, intimidating blowhard.

I think defense attorneys Mark O’Mara, and Don West know the law and are unrelenting.

Zimmerman is getting his money’s worth.

What do you think about the judge?


11 posted on 06/22/2013 6:11:50 PM PDT by bimboeruption (Clinging to my Bible and my HK.)
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To: a fool in paradise

But your buddy is not constrained in a court....


12 posted on 06/22/2013 6:23:41 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: bimboeruption
"What do you think about the judge? "


13 posted on 06/22/2013 6:26:40 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I suppose the prosecution has to base its argument on “passion” since the prosecution itself was demanded by mob racism rather than evidence.


14 posted on 06/22/2013 6:47:19 PM PDT by AndyTheBear
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

From this retired Prosecutor’s point of view, this is a fascinating trial.

Much to the understandable chagrin of the public, we handled these things, on both sides, much like an ER doctor who just does his job amidst the carnage ... a combination of science and Art.


15 posted on 06/22/2013 6:47:55 PM PDT by RIghtwardHo
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" a combination of science and Art"

Where's the Justice and the Law in that?

What about the distance between Justice and The Law?

16 posted on 06/22/2013 6:51:44 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: RIghtwardHo

With everything that’s been released, there’s been no test results of Zimmerman’s handgun to explain why it malfunctioned. Doesn’t that seem strange to you?


17 posted on 06/23/2013 5:58:06 AM PDT by meatloaf
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Mark O'Mara is not giving the defense opening.
Don West is giving the defense opening.
18 posted on 06/23/2013 6:04:02 AM PDT by Cboldt
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To: originalbuckeye
-- As for the 911 call, why would Trayvon be yelling `help' ... --

He was being held at gunpoint, say the Martin-was-murdered public.

The state has not offered a theory of the case.

19 posted on 06/23/2013 6:05:31 AM PDT by Cboldt
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To: Christie at the beach
-- The authorities did not charge Zimmerman for 9 months. --

More like 6 or 7 weeks. Martin was shot on Feb 26, 2012. Zimmerman was charged on an information and arrested on April 11, 2012.

20 posted on 06/23/2013 6:07:19 AM PDT by Cboldt
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Sighs.

The two attorneys were collegial during the two weeks of jury selection, but earlier, their criticism of each other turned bitter. De la Rionda has repeatedly accused O'Mara of grandstanding and playing to the media. O'Mara has accused the prosecutor of failing to turn over key information in the case, including that the state's most important witness lied under oath....

Grandstanding and playing to the media is part of O'Mara's job. The latter part is in regards to discovery and could be considered professional misconduct. That's a big deal.

21 posted on 06/23/2013 8:13:05 AM PDT by Darren McCarty (Abortion - legalized murder for convenience)
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To: Cboldt

I am sorry. I meant to post 90 days. That was what I read

in a Tampa newspaper. Thanks for the post.


22 posted on 06/23/2013 10:47:19 AM PDT by Christie at the beach
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To: Cboldt
West is the defense pitbull, he wants to rip into the prosecutor and the state's case, tearing it to shreds

MoM is the nice guy friendly defense lawyer that will make friends with the jury by being nice to all witnesses, while making prosecution witnesses look stupid and untrustworthy.

23 posted on 06/24/2013 3:21:20 AM PDT by Beagle8U (Free Republic -- One stop shopping ....... It's the Conservative Super WalMart for news .)
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