Back & Forth: Zimmerman’s Defense Attorney Tears Up Discussing Trayvon Martin But Attacks His Character
The Trayvon Martin family was right to ask for prayers in the upcoming trial against George Zimmerman. The 29 year old shot and killed a 17 year old Martin last year during a neighborhood watch shift. Whatever happens, it’s going to be a long, emotional road for all parties involved.
Recently in an interview with BET, George Zimmerman’s lawyer, Mike O’ Mara, sat down to talk about his ignorance considering race relations in this country. He admitted that before the trial he never thought:
“I’m not black. I can’t look at it with those eyes. I always thought I was sensitive to it [race], always thought I was aware of it, but this has really brought to the forefront the depth of concern that the Black community has of how they’re being treated. I guess I didn’t realize that we still have so far to go.”
The Florida attorney said that initially he believed that the country had come much farther since the Civil Rights Movement. When he was asked if the trial has been taking a toll on him emotionally, O’Mara wiped tears from his eyes.
Watch a video of the interview below.
While I don’t doubt O’Mara’s sincerity in his emotions, I also know he is still trying to win this case for his client and possibly for himself as well. O’Mara has been defending Zimmerman, shortly after charges of second degree murder were brought against him, for free. He hasn’t received a paycheck and is asking people to donate to Zimmerman’s defense fund because the previous donations have dwindled to just $5,000.
O’Mara is invested and obviously wants to win. He has launched a smear campaign attempting to attack Martin’s character. In a hearing on May 28, O’Mara stated that the defense team had a video from Trayvon Martin’s phone that showed “two buddies of his beating up a homeless guy.”
But that was incorrect, the video on Martin’s phone showed two homeless men fighting each other over a bike. He did apologize for mischaracterizing the nature of the video. The defense team released this statement:
“Though it was unintentional, it is a particular concern to us because we are and have been committed to disputing misinformation in every aspect of this case, not causing it. For that, Mr. O’Mara apologizes.”
O’Mara apologizes for this incident but it doesn’t erase the fact that he’s consistently tried to attack the character of a person, a teenager, who shouldn’t have to and is no longer here to defend himself. Earlier this year, Zimmerman’s defense team leaked pictures and text messages from Trayvon’s phone in an attempt to cast him in a bad light.
Whatever activities Trayvon may have been engaged in before his death, it really has no bearing on what George Zimmerman, and not Trayvon Martin, is standing trial for.
The Martin family attorney, Ben Crump had this to say about O’Mara’s error in describing the video and his subsequent apology.
“George Zimmerman’s defense team’s so called apology yesterday for manipulating and mis-characterizing information about Trayvon Martin would be laughable in any other context, if this case wasn’t about the murder of an unarmed teenager. Let’s not forget the defense team has spent weeks now engaged in a despicable campaign to assassinate the character of a dead teenager in an attempt to influence a potential jury pool. Thankfully, the judge in this case has sided with the laws of evidence in saying that such information is irrelevant to the case, reminding us all that Trayvon is not on trial, but George Zimmerman is for 2nd degree murder.”
What do you make of O’Mara’s reaction and his campaign against Trayvon?