Some, well, actually eight Treepers want the research on Mark O’Mara to stop. They include: Mwsomerset, bill, M4, Labrat, Stephaufla, ejarra, Sandy, raiikun, and CleaningMyGun specifically. Four more apparently think it is a waste of time, they include: CiGuy, Chirality, Risefrombelow and Freedom Patriot.
So in essence that’s twelve people who think O’Mara is a solid attorney for George Zimmerman. There are probably a few more unknown. Fair enough.
Question: Imagine we are at war. We are on an aircraft carrier and we have been told we are headed to battle. What good does it do for us to muster in the Combat Ops planning room preparing our plans for an island assault strategy when the captain of the ship is steaming forward in a different direction?
All the conversational planning in the world ain’t gonna help us when we arrive at a divergent destination than we anticipated. That’s why it’s kinda important to know exactly who is steering the ship, where it is headed, and what to expect. No?
To borrow a thought from Gretchen: Some here are willingly blinded by the luminescence of a “very experienced and competent criminal trial lawyer” a constant refrain among those who defend Mark O’Mara.
Mark O’Mara’s manifold errors have been exposed and blogged about here, in detail I might add, yet do not seem to make an impression. One must not look at the growing mountain of FACTS, but must seek to fixate on one thing or another that bolsters a particular viewpoint, apparently. (more)
“a very experienced and competent criminal trial lawyer”?
FACT – Mark O’Mara discussed the case with Mark Najame who recommended him to the Zimmerman family on April 9th.
FACT – Mark O’Mara was aware of GeorgeZimmerman.com on Tuesday April 10th.
FACT – Mark O’Mara officially took the case on Wed April 11th., the same day George was arrested. He told CNN “I intend to get up to speed quickly.”
FACT – In the time period between April 11th and April 23rd (When George left jail on bond) Mark O’Mara conducted 68 media interviews, held 5 pressers, and appeared on TV 42 different times. Yet did not have enough time to discuss the PayPal Defense Account with his client?
FACT – According to Mark O’Mara himself, every time Mark O’Mara has asked George Zimmerman a question he has been honest, direct and forthcoming in all his responses. So are we to accept that Mark O’Mara just didn’t ask the right questions, and still consider him….competent?
FACT – Mark O’Mara was responsible for prepping his client for the bond hearing. Including financial disclosure testimony. He is the attorney, he’s the professional. It’s his job. Yet, everyone blames George who never spoke a word about it.
FACT – Mark O’Mara was responsible for prepping his client’s wife for discussions of finances for the bond hearing and “indigency status,” Mark O’Mara was responsible to walk her through any conversation and assist her in answering questions. Yet, everyone blames Shellie.
OPINION – Mark O’Mara was solely responsible for positioning his client in a compromised status regarding the bond hearing by his failure to fully debrief and prepare.
FACT – After finding out about the PayPal money on April 26th (day after GZ bonded out) O’Mara could have filed an update/corrective motion with the court to notify and correct prior testimony and avoid perjury charge. He didn’t.
FACT – Mark O’Mara could have told Judge Lester right away about the discovered money. Instead he chose to go on CNN and tell Anderson Cooper 4/26. Lester found out from TV, and then O’Mara told him the following day 4/27. Priorities?
FACT – Mark O’Mara received the passport from GZ on April 26th, placed it in his briefcase planning to give to the prosecution along with the notification motion. He didn’t. Instead he kept custody of the Passport from April 26th through to June 1st and only notified the court of the issue after the prosecution used the passport to create the deceptive intent conspiracy theory, on the date of the bond revocation hearing June 1. Competent?
FACT – The media ran with the passport conspiracy theory 24/7 fueled by Scheme Team. O’Mara did what to diffuse? One, count it, o.n.e TV interview where he described the problem he created (see video).
FACT – Mark O’Mara never brought up his mistake at the second bond hearing and the deceptive passport issue was again considered by Judge Lester during his deliberations and ultimately his $1 million bond decision stemming from the 2nd bond hearing? Competent?
FACT – Mark O’Mara is a defense attorney representing a client claiming justified self-defense, yet he goes on TV and says that Stand Your Ground laws are “absurd”. If I am the prosecution I just wait ’til he has presented his case and then lead off my rebuttal with the video of him saying Stand Your Ground is Absurd ! That’s “Competent”?
FACT – On April 16th Mark O’Mara released the following media statement: “I look forward to having a conversation with [Trayvon Martin's mother] to see exactly what her feelings are on it. Obviously it was a horrible intersection of two young men’s lives and it ended in tragedy. We have to figure out how it happened, why it happened, and who might be responsible for it.” Advocate?
FACT - Mark O’Mara publicly tells the media that Shellie Zimmerman “lied“, and George “misrepresented himself to the court,” and now needs to have his “credibility rehabilitated.” The very credibility he is charged with guarding. With friends like that, who needs enemies?
FACT – On the day of the Bond Revocation Hearing the first O’Mara heard of the Jailhouse tapes was in the motion he received that morning. Legally he could have requested a continuance or delay in hearing due to prosecutions last-minute defense notification. He did not. He chose to put his clients at risk by being unprepared.
FACT – Mark O’Mara waived George’s right to a speedy trial.
FACT – The State has missed every statutory deadline for discovery, yet Mark O’Mara has never once called them out on it, asked the court to compel release, or even sounded as if he wants to get it with a sense of urgency.
FACT – Mark O’Mara spent $40,000 on paid expert witness testimony at the second bond hearing only to have the judge rule ” ”the presentation of evidence [...] is of limited relevance“… So his defenders say he did it for public opinion. How’d that work out?
FACT – Mark O’Mara says of the 911 calls: “the tape that has the person screaming for help”…. ”the person,” does he not believe the voice is George?
Opinion based on facts - Mark O’Mara is the cause of George Zimmerman losing his credibility in the eyes of the court. The only question is: Is it purposeful, or accidental?
If this is all on purpose then, well, GZ is screwed and he’s not a “very experienced and competent criminal trial lawyer”?
If it’s all accidental, well, GZ is still screwed and no-one should be spouting off about him being a “very experienced and competent criminal trial lawyer”?
And if he’s not a “very experienced and competent criminal trial lawyer”, then what the hell are people doing wanting him to stay on the case.?
What are those twelve people factually seeing that I am missing?
Through his own actions Mark O’Mara has specifically undercut his clients position and defense strategy, he has weakened his own defense, he has compromised his client, and quite frankly, publicly continues to talk in terms as if his client was guilty of a crime. Oh, and lets not forget it is now July 9th and not one time has Mark O’Mara EVER said his client is innocent, or not guilty. Not once. EVER.
Why for the love of God would anyone want to keep him on this case?