Cross posted from Frederick Leatherman Law Blog.
Good morning everyone. With GZ out on bail wearing a GPS bracelet monitoring him at his secret location, I think this is a great opportunity to consider and discuss the issue of race and the potential for retaliation.
For example, I do not believe GZ’s life is in any actual danger and his claimed need for bulletproof vests, living at a secret location and a 24/7 security detail is an hysterical overreaction that his lawyer should be attempting to stop. Or, perhaps GZ is not afraid and it is merely a charade to garner sympathy and financial support.
Y’all get the picture that I am concerned about, don’t you?
This is really unfortunate and I hope the strategy, assuming that is what it is, is perceived for what it is; namely, stark unreasoning fear of race-based retaliation by a racist projecting his fear and prejudice on everyone else.
Therefore, I ask y’all this question: Is GZ’s fear reality based or is it an admission of guilt that he is a racist, that he did profile TM and he killed him without justification all the while believing he was a thug?
If I were his lawyer, I would be telling him to knock it off and act like a regular person.
If you were his lawyer, would you play the race card as Mark O’Mara appears to be doing, or do you think he is doing the right thing?
Also, Mark O’Mara posted the following statement at his website three days ago and I wonder what y’all think of it.
We steadfastly maintain that George Zimmerman acted in self-defense and that he is not guilty of second degree murder.
In the next hours and days the defense team will be working to get George released on bail and on effective strategies for moving forward. Much of our decision making will be based upon the funds available for mounting a defense. In the days surrounding Mr. Zimmerman’s initial arrest, supporters surprised everyone with the strength of their donations.
For those who have given in the past, for those who have thought about giving, for those who feel Mr. Zimmerman was justified in his actions, for those who feel they would do the same if they were in Mr. Zimmerman’s shoes, for those that think Mr. Zimmerman has been treated unfairly by the media, for those who feel Mr. Zimmerman has been falsely accused as a racist, for those who feel this case is an affront to their constitutional rights — now is the time to show your support.
What do you think of this statement?