mohandasgandhi:

reuters:

Lawyers withdraw after George Zimmerman allegedly goes rogue

The lawyers representing George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch volunteer who shot and killed unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin but has not been arrested, on Tuesday said they have withdrawn from the case after losing contact with Zimmerman.

Attorneys Craig Sonner and Hal Uhrig said they were concerned that Zimmerman had telephoned the special prosecutor probing the case directly, set up a legal defense fund website and may have spoken with Fox Television commentator Sean Hannity, all without their knowledge.

“We have lost contact with him,” attorney Craig Sonner said at a press conference outside the Seminole County Courthouse.

READ MORE: Attorneys for Martin shooter Zimmerman withdraw

Zimmerman better pray he isn’t indicted. This looks worse and worse for him as each day passes.

Just how relevant is Trayvon Martin’s character?

"It turns out that Martin had smoked pot, and was fond of profanity. Predictably, and sickeningly, the right is exploiting the less-than-sterling aspects of his life to suggest they should have some bearing on how we judge George Zimmerman’s having shot him dead. In point of fact, all they prove is that he was an ordinary American teenager. The weed and the salty language are par for the course among more than a few of my favorite undergrads I teach at Columbia. Yes, Martin jauntily labeled himself with the N-word, but as endless threnodies over the past 20 years have stressed, absolutely nothing could be more typical of someone of his age and demographic."

- John McWhorter, The Haunting Ordinariness of Trayvon Martin and George Zimmerman

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