George Zimmerman is a “frustrated” man who — despite being acquitted of murder in the death of Trayvon Martin — is still being demonized by a hate-filled prosecutor, his lawyer says.
“He is extraordinarily frustrated with the way he has been handled,” Mark O’Mara told “The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.
“If in fact George Zimmerman acted in self-defense, which the jury has now said, then why do we not give him some of that benefit and say to him he has rights, too, and that he can't be [subjected to] hatred by a prosecutor who lost the case fair and square?”
Following the verdict last Saturday, Florida State Attorney Angela Corey was asked on CNN’s Headline News for one word that came to mind to describe the former neighborhood-watch volunteer who shot Martin, a 17-year-old black youth, during an altercation in Sanford, Florida.
“Murderer,” Corey replied — a statement that roils O’Mara.
By that post-trial crack, O’Mara said, Corey stomped on the justice system. He added his mother would have had harsh words for the state attorney.
“My mother would have used the word peasant, because that to her meant somebody who just has so little class in how they view something,” he said.
“First of all, you're denigrating a jury verdict, which is completely inappropriate in our system and by doing that you're denigrating the entirety of the system.
“She comes out and says, in effect, the jury verdict was a travesty … I still find him guilty. It was horrible, it was inappropriate and she needs to answer for having done that to the system and to my client.”
But O’Mara stopped short of saying Zimmerman might file a defamation of character civil lawsuit against Corey, which civil-rights lawyer Alan Dershowitz has said would be his right.
“I'm a criminal defense attorney, I'm not a First Amendment attorney, but I remember from law school that you're not supposed to say something about somebody that is patently false with malice intent and she's a prosecutor,” O’Mara said.
O’Mara also called into question Attorney General Eric Holder’s comments expressing his “concern” about the verdict and insisting the Department of Justice would look into it.
“Just like the prosecutor, he has an obligation to respect a well-founded jury's decision in this case,” O’Mara told Steve Malzberg.
“They denigrate the process and, therefore, the system when they placate people for political motivation.”
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The anti-Zimmerman protests now sweeping the nation and being made by some pundits on television and radio, are impossible to stop, according to O’Mara.
“People who want to be angry about this case are never going to be anything but angry about the case … Unfortunately, they're going to maintain that anger for as long as they want to,” he said.
He said Zimmerman was already exonerated of any possible racist tendencies a year ago, following a long and arduous probe by the Justice Department, with the help of the FBI.
“[The FBI] found not only no racism in George's heart or blood, but they found non-racism. They found people who said George is meek, mild, easygoing,” O’Mara said.
“He's the guy who went … to complain about the beating of Sherman Ware, a black homeless guy, by a white cop's son which is now well known. He's the guy who was mentoring two black children … He's the guy who took a black girl to prom.
“So what they're doing is trying to placate the anger … They know they're not going to find anything because the FBI did everything they could to find it before and never did.”
He said he is doubtful whether the Department of Justice will ever press civil-right violations against Zimmerman.
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