Mark O’Mara wins not guilty verdict for George Zimmerman in massive high profile trial
Irish American from Queens, New York succesful in latest ‘Trial of the Century’
The Florida attorney told the Associated Press that he joined the case after he was contacted by the Zimmerman family.
Zimmerman has told authorities that he shot Trayvon in self-defense and Florida’s so-called “stand your ground” law could provide a possible argument for his case. This law allows the public to use deadly force rather than retreat during a fight if threatened.
In mid-March, before he took on Zimmerman as a client, O’Mara, said on WKMG that Zimmerman’s actions could be legally justified under the “Stand Your Ground” law.
He said, "People call it the license-to-murder statute because it doesn't require actions to avoid the confrontation…If you can present evidence or at least your own testimony that (you) felt in fear that he was going to commit great bodily injury or death, that is what kicks in the statutory protection that you're allowed to respond with deadly force."
Public Defender Bob Wesley, who knew O'Mara in law school, said he has a reputation for hard work.
"He was always a grinder, working, working, working…He will be hardworking and humble and diligently prepare the case for presentation."
Speaking to MSNBC, O’Mara’s longtime friend, and civil attorney, Joseph Flood, said, “He’s a brilliant lawyer” as well as a “renaissance man” who loves the arts and the Orlando Magic, rides a Harley and is very family-oriented.
Flood predicted, “I think he’ll be able to manage both the criminal prosecution side, which is going to be a big task, but also just as importantly he’ll be able to manage the media side of it.
“He will come up with the best defense that Mr. Zimmerman is entitled to get.”
“He’s fearless. I mean, he doesn’t mind taking on those kinds of cases … cases that have media scrutiny where people are looking over your shoulder and every word that you say is being posted on YouTube … every single thing you do is being called into question by 17 supposed experts,” said Flood.
“He believes in the process enough that he thinks they (meaning high profile clients) deserve a defense, too,” “The character that I admire in him about that is his willingness to put his skills on the line when not just a client and maybe a judge are watching, but when the whole city and, in this case, the whole world is watching.”
After graduating from Florida State University College of Law in Tallahassee, Florida, O’Mara served as the assistant state attorney in the Seminole County State Attorney’s Office from 1982 to 1984. He has been an active member of the Central Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.
Melissa Vickers, the current president of the group, said, “He’s very well respected. … He’s a great trial attorney. They’re in very good hands.”
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