You know how I’ve been saying from the very beginning that nothing about the case of George Zimmerman made any sense? Well, that view was ratified by none other than Mark O’Mara during an extended porch-front interview with local reporters in Florida on Thursday. “The reality is this case is absolutely not by the book. Everything about this case is the opposite of what you would think,” said the attorney for the killer of Trayvon Martin. “Everything that’s happened to date has been almost bizarre in the way it has to be handled.” And nothing proves his point more than the past 48 hours.
There was Zimmerman’s ill-advised “no regrets” interview Wednesday with Sean Hannity on Fox News. There were so many contradictions in it that the prosecution has already entered the hour-long softball sit-down into evidence.
There was his last-minute demand that same day that Barbara Walters of ABC News pay for a month’s hotel and security for him and his wife in exchange for an interview he’d already agreed to. It was an out-of-the-question request that Walters quickly rejected. When Zimmerman tried to call into “The View” on Thursday, Walters refused to take his call.
On Thursday, the man charged with second-degree murder sent a video message to “the masses” on his revived Web site, TheRealGeorgeZimmerman.com, to dispel rumors and present “facts” in his case. (Sidebar: O’Mara set up GZLegalCase.com to issue statements and evidence in the case.) In English and in Spanish, Zimmerman thanked his supporters for their kind words, prayers and donations. Just how important that last item is to Zimmerman was made clear by O’Mara later that day during that front-porch presser. Acknowledging that “the timing was not the best” for the interview with Hannity, O’Mara admitted, “[Q]uite honestly, it is out of need and necessity.”
“George and his family and the defense fund is basically broke,” O’Mara said, “and he was hoping he could highlight TheRealGeorgeZimmerman.com, which is his new Web site ... to get some publicity for that to quite honestly up some funds because they are in great need of it.”
O’Mara insists that he and Zimmerman are in sync and that Zimmerman isn’t going rogue — even though the Web site is under his client’s total control. But O’Mara isn’t concerned that he’s losing control of his client. “We’ve had great conversations about all of these decisions before they’ve been made,” he said. But after saying that they are “one absolutely cohesive team,” O’Mara added, “Having said that, George is handling the TheRealGeorgeZimmerman.com Web site. I’m not.”
When asked if he was giving any consideration to leaving the case, O’Mara was clear. “Absolutely not,” he said. “There is only one person who will tell me to leave this case. And that’s George Zimmerman.”
Considering that Zimmerman lost his previous attorneys because he refused to return their phone calls, e-mails or texts, O’Mara shouldn’t be surprised if Zimmerman sends him packing through a posting on TheRealGeorgeZimmerman.com. As O’Mara said, “Everything that’s happened to date has been almost bizarre in the way it has to be handled.”