George Zimmerman’s lawyers decided it would be in his best interest to call a press conference and go on live national television, to announce they were withdrawing from the case. What kind of lawyers throw a client under the bus like this? Not ones that I want representing me.
Lawyers withdraw from cases or are fired by clients every day. When is the last time you say one of them go on national TV to announce it? These guys certainly weren’t serving Zimmerman’s best interest. But I think it goes beyond that.
There is no reason for these attorneys to hold a press conference to announce that they are no longer representing Zimmerman. There was no reason for them to announce that he had contacted the Special Prosecutor on his own for some bizarre reason, or that he had apparently managed to get a phone call through to Sean Hannity and talk to him. There’s was even less reason for them to stand in front of national television camera and insinuate that their former client may or may not be mentally unbalanced.
Even if everything these two lawyers were saying about their inability to contact Zimmerman, and him apparently going behind their back to the prosecutor, is true, it strikes me as incredibly irresponsible, and potentially unethical, for them to make any of that public. They could have accomplished their withdrawal as his counsel merely by sending a letter to the prosecutor, and a press release to the media, announcing the same. Instead, they chose to become media stars for some bizarre reason and in the process they very well may have not only harmed Zimmerman’s interests but made it even more difficult for the prosecution to try any case they might bring against him.
On his show Tuesday night, Sean Hannity directly addressed having an off-the-record conversation with George Zimmerman. Hannity said he did speak to Zimmerman, but agreed not to report on it. “That’s it,” he said, adding that he knows nothing about Zimmerman’s relationship with his ex-lawyers.
One of the reasons cited in the press conference was an alleged conversation that George Zimmerman had with me. Before we continue tonight, I want to set the record straight about a couple of things. Now, for a few weeks we have been pursuing an interview with Mr. Zimmerman to give him a chance to tell his side of the story. Yesterday, I was contacted by an individual we believe was George Zimmerman. He reached out to me and we spoke on the phone about his case, and I agreed not to report on the contents of that conversation. That’s it. I know nothing about his relationship with his now former attorneys.
Many people are questioning Zimmerman’s actions, which lead to the Trayvon Martin shooting. But what if he is telling the truth? What if there were eight recent burglaries in the racially mixed neighborhood, all committed by young black males, including one next door to his home? What if he was simply trying to relay information about a “suspicious” person walking around in the rain, who he did not recognize are a resident of the gated community? What if he leaves his car momentarily, because he lost sight of the person and his only motive was tell the dispatcher the current whereabouts of the subject? What if he was jumped from behind, punched in the face, knocked to the ground and had his head repeatedly slammed into the sidewalk? What if he repeated called out for help and nobody came to his aid, and fearing for his life, he fired a single shot at his assailant?
Do you think he deserves to be convicted in the press? Does he deserve the Jesse Jackson/Al Sharpton lynching mobs that resulted in New Black Panthers putting a bounty on his head? Does he deserve the hundreds of death threats on Twitter and other social media?
How would you feel if you had not committed a crime and suddenly became the most visible “criminal” in America with a bounty on your head?
Do you think Zimmerman is entitled to due process and fair legal representation, no matter what happened that rainy night? Are you legally armed? Because if you are subjected to a life threatening attack while being legally armed and you follow the law, committing no crime but shoot someone to protect your own life, you could be the next George Zimmerman.