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George Zimmerman’s Lawyer Apologizes For “Misstating” Trayvon Video

Submitted by on June 4, 2013 – 2:47 pmOne Comment

Mark O’Mara, the lead defense lawyer in George Zimmerman‘s trial for the shooting of Trayvon Martin, apologized this week for “misstating the nature” of a video pulled from Martin’s cellphone. O’Mara called the gaffe “unintentional,” but it fits a pattern of misinformation waged by Zimmerman’s supporters to paint Martin as a violent aggressor.

During a hearing last week, O’Mara described a video, presumably shot by Martin, of “two buddies of his beating up a homeless guy.” In reality, the video in question turned out to be two homeless men fighting each other, with no involvement from Martin or his friends.

In a statement, O’Mara and the defense team apologized, saying “we are and have been committed to disputing misinformation in every aspect of this case, not causing it.”

An attorney for the Martin family fired back that “the defense team has spent weeks now engaged in a despicable campaign to assassinate the character of a dead teenager in an attempt to influence a potential jury pool.”

Just recently, the judge in the case shot down several pre-trial motions from the defense that essentially would have made Martin’s past behavior the focus of the investigation.

Though this is the most concrete instance of Martin being mischaracterized by the actual defense team, it is far from the first piece of misinformation disseminated by Zimmerman supporters. Most notably, many negative or misleading photos were incorrectly identified as Martin by conservative media.

The real video certainly shows a lack of sense and judgement understandable for a teenager; but as has been noted many times before, Martin is not on trial here, and his past behavior has little if any relevance to what happened on the night of Feb. 26, 2012.

[via TheGrio; image by CNN]

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