Zimmerman Atty. Likens Media Coverage To O.J. Simpson Case

MIAMI (CBS4) – The lawyers for George Zimmerman told CBS This Morning their client has been convicted by the media for the shooting death of Trayvon Martin.

Attorney Hal Uhrig said the shooting death has been presented by the media as a “rush to judgment story – I guess that started with Johnnie Cochran and the O.J. Simpson case. It’s certainly an example here. This case had momentum created by a lot of misinformation.”

CBS This Morning host Charlie Rose asked Uhrig what Zimmerman wished the public would knew about the events surrounding the shooting.

“The short version is that he didn’t commit any crime,” Uhrigh said. “He was where he was allowed to be, not committing a crime, confronted by someone else who started the violent confrontation physically. He was attacked, broke his nose, hit his head into the ground he defended himself. That’s not against the law.”

Uhrig said the Stand Your Ground law applied because Zimmerman feared for his life. Uhrig likened the injuries suffered by Zimmerman to those suffered by Shaken Baby Syndrome.

“When someone is pounding your head on the ground, and you’ve already had your nose broken, you could be in reasonable fear for great bodily harm – which is what the Florida statute calls for – and if you think you’re about to lose your life or be seriously injured like that, you’re absolutely entitled to take the necessary action to stop it,” Uhrig said.

“Are you saying that’s what Mr. Zimmerman said – he thought he was in fear of losing his life and so he shot Trayvon Martin?” asked Rose.

“I can confirm that without telling you any specific words, that’s exactly what he thought,” Urhig replied.

  • jerry

    yes that lawyer is correct, because we all know that OJ is innocent. yeah right.

  • John

    Poor ‘little’, ‘helpless’, ‘weak’, ‘powerless’, ‘frightened’, ‘easily terrified’, ‘mousy’, ‘naive’, ‘gullible’, ‘physically puny’, ‘physically unimposing’, ‘unworldly’, ‘unaware’, ‘unsuspecting’, ‘no where near being a man’, ‘no where near being macho’, ‘babe in arms’. Such a tragedy! Never even got a chance to experience what it’s like to be a MAN. Such a shame. And ‘so close to puberty’ too! Not even to the stage of growing facial or chest hair! Totally physically UNABLE to match strength with a man! He WAS shot in the back……Right? Wasn’t he? If he WAS shot in the chest…..why…. that means he had to be FACING his opponent. How could that be if he was ‘running away’? It just couldn’t have been like he was actually CONFRONTING his opponent! Otherwise it would be self evident that his opponent COULD have been acting in self defense! Just how close was he to his opponent when he was shot? It COULDN’T have been very close if he was running away! Could it? Wouldn’t such a helpless child have had contusions and abrasions on HIS body from a PHYSICAL altercation in which he stood ‘NO CHANCE’? Everybody ‘in the know’, including Zimmerman’s black friends are so totally lying. It’s obvious that it’s a massive conspiracy! After all, those who weren’t even aware of this until quite some time AFTER the fact know SO MUCH BETTER than the witnesses, police, and medical personnel on the scene in a timely manner could POSSIBLY know. Don’t you know? ‘Poor little tyke’! Never stood a chance being as ‘meek’ and ‘mild tempered’ as he was!

    I COULD be wrong of course! …… ;-{}

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  • Me

    In America, if you have the money and/or media coverage, you’re innocent. Hell, if things go great, you can kill someone (OJ), and make millions off of it.

    • Don

      OJ did not make Millionsoff that murder, Almost everthing was taken from him. Now he’s sitting in prison for the next nine year’s for what he did in las vegas. ,

  • Don

    Botton line, Mr Martin would be alive today if he would have kept his hands to himself. Nobody has the right to touch you and I feel his parents should have teached him this.

  • Nini

    Mr. Martin was walking home and away from Mr Zimmerman. Mr. Zimmerman insued the chase and the what led to the fight. Had he left the kid alone and let the cops handle it we wouldnt be having this discussion. I guess no one “teached” you that all actions have consequences.

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