Right is right, even if nobody does it.
Wrong is wrong, even if everybody does it.
George Zimmerman is suffering through the painful consequences from a lack of integrity. However, the ironic and painful fact is this: it wasn’t his lack of integrity that has created the situation he is now dealing with, it was Mark O’Mara’s.
We watched last year in April and May as the hurricane of activity created some really horrible decisions on the part of many people in the Trayvon Martin shooting.
From Ryan Julison intentionally misleading the media in describing the case as racially driven–to Benjamin Crump intentionally fabricating *media* evidence surrounding witness #8 “DeeDee.” But the integrity issues were not just on the opposition side.
Indeed the same unscrupulous behaviors were also in the camp of those defending George Zimmerman. We tried to warn interested observers of the risk from Mark O’Mara falsifying information. Unfortunately it fell on deaf ears.
Now those chickens are coming home to roost.
If you have read those two prior posts, now 8 months old….. In hindsight the consequences are painfully obvious…. Unfortunately, it might be too late to do anything about it. But let’s break it down from the aspect of who knows what took place.
When you consider the fact that Mark O’Mara lied about George Zimmerman’s financial affidavit, it is perhaps prudent to consider who actually has specific information that proves O’Mara was misleading the court (lying). In short “who knows“?
- George Zimmerman knows, because he told Mark O’Mara about the PayPal account.
- George’s friend Scott knows, because George told Scott that he informed O’Mara.
- Robert Zimmerman Jr. knows because he challenged Mark O’Mara about it before and after George had his first bond revoked.
- George’s mom and dad know because both George and Robert Jr. told them the truth.
- Shellie knows because she too participated in the conversation(s) with O’Mara and the filling out of the financial affidavit.
- Angela Corey knows, and by extension Bernie De La Rionda knows, because they listed to the jailhouse tapes and presented the evidence that led to the bond revocation.
- Michael S Herring knows because he was Shellie Zimmerman’s first attorney when she stood accused of perjury – until he realized that O’Mara would need to be exposed to defend his client; then he dropped Shellie ASAP.
- Kelly Simms knows because he came in after Michael Herring and is now defending Shellie Zimmerman against the accusations “she” lied to the court (thick irony there).
- And then there’s us….. and of course the man himself, Mark O’Mara.
Now let’s break it down by “relevance”, as in what impact does the knowledge each possesses have upon the case itself:
George Zimmerman – He’s stuck to O’Mara despite this issue and we can only assume that O’Mara must have had some great manipulative spin to make George ignore the risk this presented to his position as defense counsel, because it definitely compromised O’Mara and if found out by judge Lester it could have been explosive. Regardless, GZ is now paying the consequences for sticking with the lie and not exposing his attorney as corrupt.
Scott (George’s Friend) – Not really anything he can do with the information. After all, the State of Florida used him (video conversation) in their evidence at bond revocation. So the world knows that Scott is aware of the issue – at least he heard it from George.
Robert Zimmerman Jr – While he might have been initially angry at O’Mara because the lie landed his brother, George, back in jail, apparently he was willing to let O’Mara try to make right by his mistake.
Robert and Gladys Zimmerman – I’m sure they were upset about it, they might have been even more upset because the O’Mara lie caused the issue that created them having to put their home up as collateral for bond. But, then again, if O’Mara isolates, or works at keeping George isolated, then what really can a loving mom/dad do in the face of it? They are not independently wealthy, and the case has driven them from their home. Few options.
Shellie – Well, here is a person with a vested interest because she is being made the “fall gal” for this entire fiasco. But exposing O’Mara’s lie might undercut her husband’s defense. That’s a tough call right there.
Angela Corey and BDLR – Now, if you were them, what would you potentially do with the information that your opponent had violated the law and his professional duty. Boy, that’s some pretty serious leverage – to plant concern in the heart of your opponent. Might even be enough of a worry to stop your opposition from being aggressive in their approach to you. Huh, funny that.
Michael S Herring – Heck, as soon as he found out, he bailed from the case.
Kelly Simms – (Current Shellie Attorney) Well, maybe he can delay Shellie’s issues until her hubby can find solid footing. Either that or eventually he’s going to have to present the facts surrounding the financial affidavit and how it was put together. Lots of unknown variables in that consideration.
I honestly don’t have any idea what is going to happen with this case moving forward. The horizon only appears to show GZ at trial which is, by itself, a complete farce. The chickens from that initial fraud (outlined above) are coming home to roost, and now GZ will potentially burn because of the fire that O’Mara started.
Mark O’Mara compromised himself, and by extension he has compromised his ability to defend his client. Not only that, but his specific actions have put the very freedom of his client in doubt.
Hence, my only prediction is that O’Mara will need to keep his client further and further isolated to protect O’Mara himself from the consequences of his earlier lack of integrity.