George Zimmerman Charged in Trayvon Martin Shooting (Updated)

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A day after George Zimmerman's lawyers held a news conference to announce they were quitting as his legal counsel, special prosecutor Angela Corey charged Zimmerman with second-degree murder in the February 26 death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in Sanford.

Talk about timing.

His lawyers yesterday complained that Zimmerman had completely cut off communication with them, putting up a website for himself asking for donations and reportedly calling Sean Hannity after the Fox News host gave his dad softball questions about whether Zimmerman "mentored a black teenager." Zimmerman lawyer Craig Sonner said yesterday he was fed up.

Update: Zimmerman's new lawyer, Mark O'Mara, says he will ask a judge to let his client
out on bail, possibly as early as Thursday. O'Mara says Zimmerman will plead not guilty.

"I'd have to count how many text messages I sent saying: 'Please call me. Please call me collect. Please text me. Please email me. Please, so we can go forward,'" Sonner said, according to the Miami Herald. "After I started getting calls from different people saying that he was giving statements to the media, calling the prosecutor's office, and not calling me, that's when it started dawning on me that I wasn't the attorney of record anymore."

The Herald also paraphrased concerns from his attorneys about Zimmerman's mental health, writing that "the attorneys described a man who appears to be unraveling from the stress, the bounty put on his head by extremists and from more than 40 days hiding in a room."

The lawyers said Zimmerman was hiding "far from Florida" but was still in the U.S. The actual charges were not revealed Wednesday afternoon by the official cited by the Post

"As of the last couple of days, he has not returned phone calls, text messages, or emails," Sonner said, per the AP. "He's gone on his own."

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FQS9000
FQS9000

Talk about a lynching.  Our half black bastard president has sicced the Justice Department on this guy.  The trial needs to be moved to Norway or Brazil.

MMEee
MMEee

Who gets the Panters, 10,000 bounty now?

think for yourself
think for yourself

this will be a persecution not a prosecution!

this futher cheapens the justice system! maybe this persecutor should call nifong of the duke lacrosse fame!

Obermann
Obermann

There is no way this is going to be a fair trail is right.  Corey was way too enjoying the press conference, relishing deliciously in casting so much guilt.  I think that's wrong, and when he goes to prison, it won't be good for him.  Zimmerman should have run.  Now these people are just preening for their 15 minutes of fame.

StanChaz
StanChaz

Help bring some good out of this tragedy. The organization called ALEC has been instrumental in fostering the spread of  "STAND YOUR GROUND" laws that led to the Trayvon Martin murder in Florida. Many mainline corporations have funded ALEC, BUT as their funding has been exposed they have withdrawn their support. Call or write or email the following two ALEC supporters: JOHNSON  and JOHNSON, and STATE FARM ...or ....visit www.pfaw.org/ditchALEC. Please contact State Farm and Johnson & Johnson today and urge the companies to cut ties with ALEC. These companies should not want their brands associated with the dangerous laws ALEC promotes -- including voter suppression, NRA-backed “stand your ground” laws, extreme racial profiling laws targeting immigrants, privatizing public education and protecting corporate polluters. If you do not want YOUR hard earned money to be used AGAINST your best interests, then you should join this effort and tell State Farm and Johnson and Johnson, in no uncertain terms:  DON’T FUND ALEC! 

Hellvis
Hellvis

There is no way he is gonna get a fair trial, especially after Obama commented

Googoo
Googoo

 O'Mara is an outstanding attorney. I'm sure he's going to bring the President's comments into the discussion & how they impede Zimmerman's ability to get a fair trial.

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