Martin Family Attorney to Hannity: 'This Family Is About Nonviolence'

Wednesday, 10 Jul 2013 10:31 PM

By Greg Richter

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If George Zimmerman is acquitted of all charges the lawyer for the family of the teenager he shot says they will conduct themselves in a dignified manner.

"This family is about nonviolence, and we'd ask everyone else to be nonviolent as well," Daryl Parks, attorney for the parents of Trayvon Martin, said on "Hannity " Wednesday.

The sheriff of Broward County, Fla., released a public service announcement  on Monday urging young people not to riot if they are unhappy with the verdict.

The prosecution has been criticized for putting on testimony that aided the defense, but when Parks was asked by host Sean Hannity to grade the state's performance, he didn't join the chorus of critics.

"They've done a lot with the evidence they had to work with," Parks said. "Remember, one of the legal strategies that they were confronted with dealt with the character issue."

Prosecutors ensured the case was tried based on the facts of the case "and not based upon all of the other things that we've seen the defense try and make this case about," Parks said. " It's not about marijuana, it's not about pictures that they've tried to put in the public domain about Trayvon."

Zimmerman's defense failed on Wednesday to have photos of a gun and text messages about fighting on Martin's cell phone admitted into evidence.

Parks said the judge made the right decision.

"To allow those issues to come into this case would do nothing but inflame this jury to decide this case on other things in relation to a 17-year-old black kid that is negative," he said.

Zimmerman, a 29-year-old community watch volunteer who had dreams of becoming a police officer, confronted 17-year-old Martin on a rainy night in February 2012. Zimmerman called 911 to report Martin, saying, "This guy looks like he's up to no good."

Zimmerman followed Martin and got out of his car when he lost sight of him. He says Martin then attacked him and threatened his life. Zimmerman reached for his gun and shot Martin to death. He claims self-defense.

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