April 20, 2012, - 5:30 pm
One of the areas of law that I practice is criminal defense. And–going by my track record–I think I can say I’m good at it. But even if I didn’t know what the heck I was talking about and even though I do not practice law in Florida, I’d have to be an idiot to put a client accused of murder on the stand to say things that can be–and definitely will be–used against him. If you’ve seen any TV cop show, you hear that in the “Miranda warning” they read when they arrest someone, and it’s not in the warning by accident. But, today, George Zimmerman’s lawyer, Mark O’Mara, allowed his client to take the stand. And, in my view, it was boneheaded.
Well, Zimmerman stated that he did not know whether or not Trayvon Martin had a weapon. That’s not something you say on the stand. It makes it sound like Trayvon Martin didn’t seem to be that much of a threat to his life.
And then, he was cross-examined by the prosecution before there has been any trial. What kind of lawyer allows his client on the stand to testify at a bond hearing? Only a moron . . . or someone whose client is running the show, not the lawyer. BIG mistake. That’s the kind of client who needs to be read the riot act and told to choose whether or not he wants to be the lawyer and try the case himself or let his lawyer do the job for which he’s been trained and is being paid.
Whether or not he apologized to the Martin family made no difference to anyone. Those who are against Zimmerman are still against him. Those who are on his side are still there, whether or not he issued an apology.
I just don’t get why this was done, and the lawyer opened his client up to a mini-trial. Now, his testimony is preserved, and he cannot change it. It’s locked in. Yes, the prosecution wasn’t prepared for this to happen. But the prosecutor did a workmanlike job of confronting Zimmerman because he’s done it many times before in a gazillion other cases. He knows what he’s doing.
I’m not so sure I can say the same about Zimmerman or his lawyer.
Tags: George Zimmerman, Mark O'Mara, Trayvon Martin