Did O’Mara blow it?
A reader suggests that Zimmerman’s “sorry” statement has ensured the case will go to trial. In his “sorry” to Martin’s parents, Zimmerman said he thought Martin was only a little bit younger than he himself (late twenties), but that in his 911 call on the night of the shooting, Zimmerman accurately described Martin as in his late teens. Thus Z. has raised a question about his own credibility, which, despite the absence of evidence showing he attacked Martin, ensures a trial.
After Mark O’Mara became Zimmerman’s attorney, I saw an article in which O’Mara was quoted as saying he would “build” a defense for Zimmerman; he (O’Mara) also said something like, “I’m a defense attorney; that’s what I do. I think I’m pretty good at it.”I said harsh things about O’Mara based on his first statements after he became Z.’s attorney. I thought he came across like a fool. In his subsequent appearances he seemed to be more effective, and many have praised him, and I realized that my earlier dismissal of him was too abrupt. But the reader has now again raised the question of O’Mara’s basic prudence and competence.
Given that Zimmerman spoke to the police for hours on end with no attorney present on two separate occasions, I personally doubt that his brief testimony at the bond hearing made any difference to the likelihood of going to trial. I do expect (though I could
Posted by Lawrence Auster at April 22, 2012 08:09 PM | Send