George Zimmerman’s Laywer Asking Florida For Legal Fees
George Zimmerman’s lawyer Mark O’Mara will be filing paperwork asking the state of Florida to pay $200,000 to $300,000 in legal fees money to cover the cost of things like hiring experts and paying court reporter fees. Lawyers’ fees cannot be included. The law in Florida allows the defendant to submit this motion if they prevail in court. Zimmerman’s counsel is now pulling together the figures and should have this submitted within weeks.
According to USA Today, O’Mara’s fees would’ve been “more than $1 million. He bills $400 an hour and worked 40 hours a week for 16 months on Zimmerman’s case, [spokesperson for legal counsel Shawn] Vincent said. Don West, a co-counsel on the case, bills $350 an hour.” He added that neither man had been paid for their services, based on his personal knowledge of the situation.
Separately, but related, a Gallup poll shows that African Americans are now in even greater support of civil rights laws since the not guilty verdict came down in the Zimmerman case. Nearly two-thirds of African Americans (61 percent) believe new laws need to be enacted to protect the black community from civil rights violations, The National Journal reports. Thirty-eight percent oppose new laws. Prior to the verdict, 53 percent of African Americans believed we need new laws and 45 percent were in opposition.
“Many observers said racial bias played a role in the decision by Zimmerman, a nonwhite Hispanic, to confront Martin, an African-American, while Martin walked home through a Florida neighborhood in 2012. Others, however, have accused the media of injecting race into the debate to bolster a policy agenda,” the outlet writes. In total, 27 percent of adults think new laws are necessary, and 46 percent of Hispanics do.