George Zimmerman Lawyer Sorry for Client’s Trayvon Martin Apology

Karen McVeigh, Guardian, April 23, 2012

George Zimmerman’s lawyer has said sorry for the surprise apology his client offered to Trayvon Martin’s parents during his bail bond hearing last Friday, saying neither he nor Zimmerman had realised Martin’s family would find it inappropriate.

Mark O’Mara told CBS This Morning that if he had known the apology would upset Martin’s family, he would not have allowed Zimmerman to do it.

Zimmerman, who is charged with second degree murder for the shooting of the unarmed teenager in Sanford, Florida, was released from jail at around midnight on Sunday on $150,000 bail. He is required to wear a GPS tracker and has been taken to an undisclosed location, possibly outside the state.

On Monday, the same day as Zimmerman was released on bail, Sanford’s police chief was expected to officially resign, according to ABC news.

Quoting sources, the television station reported that police chief Bill Lee was expected to resign at 4pm.

Lee announced last month that he was stepping down temporarily because his leadership had become a distraction for the investigation into Martin’s killing.

It followed a 3 to 2 vote of no confidence in him by the Sanford City Commission and calls for his resignation from the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. Criticism included that he failed to immediately take Zimmerman into custody and failed to take drug and alcohol tests after the shooting.

When contacted by the Guardian on Monday, no-one at the Sanford police department was immediately available for comment.

On Friday, Zimmerman took the witness stand at the hearing and addressed Martin’s parents, Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin, who were in court: “I wanted to say I am sorry for the loss of your son,” he said. “I did not know how old he was. I thought he was a little bit younger than I am. And I did not know if he was armed or not.”

When a prosecutor asked why it had taken so long for him to express his condolences, he said he was told not to communicate with the family.

After the hearing, Benjamin Crump, the lawyer for the Martin family, made clear the family’s distaste, dismissing the apology as insincere and poorly timed. The family had rejected O’Mara’s request for a private meeting before the hearing as “self-serving”.

“The apology was somewhat of a surprise because we had told them this was not the appropriate time, but they just disregarded that, and he went and pandered to the court and the media and gave a very insincere apology,” Crump told reporters.

“We had reached out to see if we could do it privately,” O’Mara said on Monday. But he said he had been unaware of the family’s response to his request.

O’Mara dismissed the claim that Zimmerman’s comments were aimed at the judge in order to influence the bond hearing. He said he would have advised his client differently had he been aware of the family’s response, which he said wasn’t communicated to him.

He said: “I didn’t realise that the way [Martin’s family] had responded to me was through a press conference where they said it was too late or not an appropriate time.

“To be honest, had I known that—maybe had I seen the press conference—I’m not sure that we would have done it at the bond hearing, because the purpose of it truly was to get to the family and to respond directly to the family’s request. Had I known or been told that that wasn’t the time, it wouldn’t have happened. So I apologise for that.”

“But certainly it wasn’t necessary to get a bond. It is not usual that you have somebody get up at all in a bond hearing. We wouldn’t have done it in this case.”

O’Mara told the New York Times last week that Zimmerman had wanted to answer the three questions that he had heard Martin’s mother raise during a television interview. They were: why haven’t you apologised? Did you know he was a teenager? And did you know he was unarmed?

Zimmerman, who admits shooting the unarmed black teenager on February 26 this year, is pleading not guilty, claiming-self defence.

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  • xxxtonygunsxxx

    the white male has reached a new low

    •  Where is the white male in this transaction?  Oh the lawyer?  Who else… Lawyers automatically fall outside the purview of any kind of race realism.  They’re parasites that exist outside of the human race.

  • sbuffalonative

    We all know had Mr. Zimmerman taken the stand and not offered an apology, the Martin family would be screaming, ‘Where was the apology?”

    When dealing with blacks, you always lose.

    • diversity_is_a_hate_crime

      AROUND BLACKS, NEVER RELAX!

    • Rocky Bass

       Exactly, lesson here?
      HAVE NOTHING TO WITH THEM!

      • diversity_is_a_hate_crime

        If White Humanity would thing genetically instead of
        abstractly on the Race Issue, they would find within themselves a tinge of
        Divinity, which they would never tarnish with contact with Diversity.

         

         

         

        From Hinton Rowan Helper’s NOJOQUE, 1867:

         

         

        Now if the negroes, being very greatly in the majority,
        may make public proclamation for cutting the throats of all their fair-complexioned
        neighbors, and if, besides, in

        consequence of overwhelming numbers, they carry into
        effect such proclamation is it not, to say the least, a lamentable fact that
        the whites are not every where sufficiently strong to prevent such unpolished
        and sanguinary diversions on the part of the blacks ? Unknown and
        unascertainable as may now be the name of the man or the woman who was the
        least and the vilest of the whites who thus perished by the murderous violence
        of the blacks, that man or that woman, although but a single individual, was of
        infinitely greater worth to the world than all the negroes and mulattoes who
        have ever lived.

         

        It is the whites alone whose minds and souls are
        immortally be jeweled with the inextinguishable scintillations of divinity.

         

  • anarchyst

    Zimmerman shows his humanity, unlike the family of trayvon . . .

    • Rocky Bass

       Humanity requires that one first be…

  • Hunter Morrow

    Why would you EVER admit to things like “I didn’t know if he was armed” and “I want to apologize.”

    Can you say civil law suit, you Peruvian dummy?

    Why oh why do people INSIST UPON flapping their moron gums when they are charged with crimes? Not one person has ever talked his way out of a charge and how many people have talked their way into one?

    Come on. Look what happened to Bernie Goetz. He was acquitted but then hounded and harassed into bankruptcy. Why make it any easier for them to personally and financially ruin you?

     

    • Anonymous

      Exactly what I was thinking!  If you are arrested and charged with a crime, SHUT UP.  Anything you say to the cops, to a cellmate, put in writing about what you did/arrested for, apologize to the families of the people you are accused of committing a crime against, anything you say during your visits from outside people is recorded, etc.  This will be used against in a criminal and civil trial.  He was not obligated to take the stand either.   As a good teacher of mine once said in civics class, “If you are arrested, I don’t care if you did it or not, don’t talk to the police.  Shut up.”  Say, “You have my name, my address, and I want to talk to a lawyer.  I have nothing further to say.”

    • nBmnp

      Zimmerman tutored blacks, voted Democrat, sees himself as “multiracial” (isn’t that the perfect “word citizen” – attitude?) and in general drank a lot of the multiculti-koolaid.

      He also seems to think that political correctness taken to extremes will save him.

      In fact, the Zimmerman-case just shows that the left does have no loyality and will cheerfully throw each other under the bus.

  • StivD

    The mother has lost a precious jewel of a human being, nothing less than treating her like a long suffering queen will do. I’m surprised the news media haven’t made it a point to catch her fallin’ all about the place, wailing out her grief. Nobody can do theater like a black woman who’s lost a’good boy’ .

    • diversity_is_a_hate_crime

      We’d love to see the MSM investigate the criminal background of her surviving son.

      • haroldcrews

        Though the judge may limit the line of questioning any competent defense attorney in these circumstances would bring up the past bad acts of Martin particularly those concerning violent behavior.  There are more than a few crazy judges but it should come in.

    • Rocky Bass

       Yeah, you noticed that too huh? It was as though she had money riding on her performance or something.

  • diversity_is_a_hate_crime

    There once was a time when most White Men wouldn’t grovel to Diversity. Keep the memory of Hinton Rowan Helper alive in the warmth of your hearts.

    NOJOQUE: A QUESTION FOR A CONTINENT

    BY HINTON ROWAN HELPER, 1867

    Negroes are, in truth, so far inferior to white people, that, for many reasons consequent on that inferiority, the two races should never inhabit the same community, city, nor state. The good which accrues to the black from the privileges of social contact with the white, is more than counterpoised by the evils which invariably overtake the latter when brought into any manner of regular fellowship with the former.

    On no part to say the least on no part of the territory of the United States, as at present organized, should any but the pure white races ever find permanent domicile.

    Now comes the last, not the least, reason why I advocate the removal of the negroes from the cities and towns. I believe that the Yellow Fever (which is only another name for the African Fever) and other epidemic diseases those terrible scourges which have so signally retarded the growth of Southern seaports have, to a very great degree, been induced by the peculiarly obnoxious filth engendered by the, black population. “Who has ever heard of the yellow fever prevailing to an alarming extent in any city or state inhabited almost exclusively by white people? How fearfully, how frequently, does it rage in such despicable, negro-cursed communities as Norfolk, Charleston, Savannah, Mobile and New Orleans!

    Only from the base-colored races is it, as a rule, that we are overwhelmed and prostrated by wide-spread contagions and epidemics. Even the cattle-plague, the murrain among sheep, and other fatal distempers to which our domestic animals are subject, have almost invariably had their origin in the countries which are inhabited by the blacks and the browns, who are themselves but the rickety-framed and leprous remnants of those unworthy races of men who have been irrevocably doomed to destruction.

    (Mr. Hinton Rowan Helper is a true Hero of White Humanity, in league with General Nathan Bedford Forrest. He, better than anyone, should have foretold the exact opposite of his proclaimed idea that blacks would become extinct. The 19th century racists often predicted that the inferiority of the blacks was proof that they would just disappear. But the Radical Republicans suddenly elevated them to rule over conquered Whites, and from then on, with only temporary interruptions, they have progressively been aided and abetted in their jungle tendencies to lust, rapine, and voodoo. Black rule is a failure. It’s destroying America right before our very eyes, endangering our very lives, and it was foisted on us not by the Abolitionists, who didn’t want blacks around them, but by the political operatives and that most wicked, vile, hateful Miscegnationists in Chief, Thaddeus Stevens, race traitor extraordinaire. Giving to the blacks the citizenship and the vote, then Equality, then preference, killed America. We are in the agonized death throes of a long and painful inevitability. But as this next passage proves, he knew this was our fate if nothing changed. Just like us, he thought White Humanity would “wake up” if they saw the truth. They didn’t wake up- they got equalized down with the most hideous and inferior subspecies of the genus.)

    Black Republicans, banded together cheek by jole in a Black Congress, are the shameless advocates and enactors of Negro Bureau Bills, Negro Suffrage Bills, and numerous other bills of most abominable blackness and infamy. They are also the unblushing and despotic framers of military establishments in times of peace. The very least that can be truthfully said of them is, that they are a frenzied faction of rough-shod overriders of the Constitution. “White Republicans,” on the other hand, are the hearty supporters of such measures as have for their object the rightful recognition of nature s laws; and for this reason they are always careful to keep themselves placed in a position of uncompromising opposition to the base efforts of the Black Republicans, whose detestable and atrocious policy, if successfully carried out, would have a tendency to degrade the heaven-born and high-souled Caucasian down to the low level of the African.

  • 4teepee

    Actually, George Zimmerman did not apologize. He offered condolences. His not guilty plea still stands.

    • Anonymous

      Still, he incriminated himself by taking the stand and talking to the family.  This can and will be used against him.  If it were me, I’d say nothing to the family, nothing to the cops, nothing to my cellmates about it, nothing to my family, etc.  If you ever get arrested, the only person you talk to your case about to is your lawyer.

      • 4teepee

        I did not see anything incriminating in what he said.

  • bluffcreek1967

    The minute I heard Zimmerman apologize or make condolences (or whatever one chooses to call it) to the Martin family, I knew it wasn’t a good idea. Nothing Zimmerman could say would appease them and his words would only help to make it appear that he was guilty or guilt-ridden for what occurred. If he didn’t apologize, he would be criticized for it. If he apologized too late, he would be criticized for not doing so earlier. Nothing would have made them happy. O’Mara should have never allowed his client to say such things.

    It’s important to recognize that Blacks generally take gestures of kindness and empathy as weakness. It emboldens them terribly, and thus it’s foolish when Whites do so since it’s bound to be taken in the wrong way.  

    Besides, if the incident took place in the manner as Zimmerman described, there would be no need for an apology. I would venture to say that the parents should actually be apologizing to Zimmerman, but that’s too much to expect from these people.

    • Anonymous

      Not only that, but remember your Miranda Rights.  Anything you say can and will be used against you as evidence in a court of law.

  • Tales from the Crypt

    O’Mara is an incompetent fool. You NEVER allow your client the defendant to apologize in a situation like this. It opens the door to further possibly unwanted inquiry by the prosecution. If the need to apologize for anything arises, do so AFTER the trial.

    • sarah stein

       This idiot must be a public defender to allow his client to dig himself deeper.  When I heard the apology, I knew it was over for Zimmerman.  He had a chance, not anymore.

    • No

      I disagree.  

      He said:    “I wanted to say I am sorry for the loss of your son,” he said. “I did not know how old he was. I thought he was a little bit younger than I am. And I did not know if he was armed or not.”

      He never admitted doing anything.   This wasn’t an “apology” for shooting him.   He didn’t say, “I’m sorry I killed Trayvon.”  He just expressed sorrow at the loss. 

      The remarks weren’t meant for blacks.  Nothing he says would appease them.

      The remark was meant for the white-anglo, white-hispanic and mestizo-hispanics who will sit on his jury.  It makes Zim-man look like a humble, simple, family man caught in a bad situation . . . not a rabid white racist like the black mob paints him.

      That’s the message O’Mara wants to send.

  • MikeofAges

    The issue is not whether George Zimmerman is white or Hispanic. He’s just dumb. He wanted to express his regrets that incident occurred. Why wouldn’t he wish it hadn’t happened?

    He just used to language he was used to hearing and the terminology he thought was appropriate. Don’t know any better, really.

  • xxxtonygunsxxx

     white man beaten critical cond by black mob graphic

     http://www2.wkrg.com/news/2012/apr/23/man-beaten-mob-critical-condition-ar-3659891/

  • No

    Lesson #1, Zim-man . . . save your breath . . . you’re not going to get a fair trial from these people.  They want to see you hang or fry but since 1st degree is off the table, they’ll settle for sending you to jail where some brother will do the honors.

    You’d have better luck trying to communicate with a pack of hungry wolves.

    Just pray the jury is packed with whites and/or blacks whose own children were murdered by little wannabe gangstas like Trayvon.

  • crazy_j

     Hispanic Jew would be my guess, based solely on his appearance and last name.

  • nBmnp

    That depends on the photoshop-skills of the various newspaper-guys:

    http://in-other-news.com/2012/The-Story-Behind-a-Racist-Murder

  • gemjunior

    Exactly.  ANY SIGN of weakness will be exploited by them to the millionth degree.  They are completely disgusting characters searching for any way to enrich themselves while attempting to drive home the point that they can NEVER be held accountable for what they do, which is behave like savages.  I often wonder how long it will take until White people get the picture here.  And sometimes at the pace it’s goig, I think they never will.  Most whites live in a fantasy world of rainbows, holding hands with blacks who act like they do.  Never.  Because of these white  libs, we are all suffering while they sit through Remedial Negro Behavior until they get it.

  • It was a mistake to apologize for taking out some black animal assaulting you.
    His activist parents didn’t apologize for their sons tnb.

    Proper response would be anger at being PERSECUTED for being a “white hispanic”

  • BJDeller

    I agree with soemothger commenters here.  We in Spain have seen on our satellite (cable?) TV Mr Zimmerman saying he was sorry for the loss and in my humble opinion it was not an apology in anyway for Trayvon suffering death.  It was as any of us could say if pushed that we are sorry than “anyone had to die”, even if he may have been (not was yet?)  ben trying to kill someone who asked him what he was doing in a protected gated community.  Surely he was not so stupid that he knew that and that it was patrolled?  We must wait and see and hope he receives true justice.

  • Lou

     Uuhhcough… He was referring to his lawyer…

  • s shadow

    There had been several breakins recently in this gated community.  I wonder if they have stopped.  Why run if someone asks you what you are doing in the area?  Well duh, you don’t want the police to know who to question.  Skittles seem as good an alibi as any, while casing the place, but why make contact.  See whose lights are out hmmm.  Trying to think like a burglar, you probably wouldn’t look the place over while carrying burglar tools that early reports said Tray had in a locker.  Questions needing answers, while the MSM is doing its usual exemplary job of ferreting out the answers. 

    BTW shouldn’t someone report the prosecutor to the State Legal Bar with a complaint if she has no more evidence than it appears she does, to charge someone with murder?  I would think that her law license would be in jeopardy.  Alan Dershowitz was very critical of her actions.

  • 4teepee

    I agree you should not talk to the cops. However, that Zimmerman shot Martin is not in dispute. The case turns on whether the state can prove beyond a reasonable doubt that Zimmerman did not reasonably act in self-defense. If the case had not been politicized, that would seem very difficult based on what we know so far.

  • crazy_j

     “[…] based solely on his appearance and last name.”

    I know not everyone is a Jew. I’m not a Jew, so therefore not everyone can be a Jew.

    Zimmerman is a Jewish name, is all I was getting at.

    The term, “Hispanic” is a cultural designation, not an ethnic one. A person can be of Latin descent (a latino or latina) but not take part in or otherwise observe their Hispanic culture. Similarly, not all Hispanics are necessarily of Latin descent.

    But, since you’re here giving lessons on race and ethnicity, I’m sure you know all that. Right?