Zimmerman VS NBC – Beasley Law Firm Petitions FL Court To Commence Civil Trial – Mark O’Mara Bow’s Out…

The defamation suit against NBC was on hold pending criminal trial outcome.  The Zimmerman motion for sanctions, still in limbo, against prosecutors Bernie De La Rionda and Angela Corey are part of the criminal trial.   Subsequently and consequentially the request for the defamation suit to move forward has been denied.

zimmerman-trial-022-061813SANFORD — Orlando lawyer Mark O’Mara on Thursday took another step away from his most famous client, George Zimmerman, by bowing out of a defamation suit against NBC Universal Media.

O’Mara was co-counsel for Zimmerman when the former Neighborhood Watch volunteer sued the network broadcaster just over a year ago, accusing it of falsely portraying him as racist in five reports.

[Zimmerman’s] … defamation suit has sat dormant for 11 months. Both sides agreed last February that they’d do nothing until Zimmerman’s criminal case was closed.

Although his criminal trial is over, the case is still technically open. That’s because O’Mara and co-counsel Don West asked Circuit Judge Debra Nelson to impose sanctions against prosecutor Bernie de la Rionda, accusing him of hiding evidence and creating delays.

Nelson presides over Zimmerman’s defamation case as well. She called Thursday’s hearing, saying she’d received a letter from Zimmerman’s main defamation lawyer, James Beasley Jr. of Philadelphia, saying there were no pending matters in the criminal case, so it was time to move forward.

O’Mara did not appear in court , but a lawyer from his firm, Lorna Truett, took part by phone. The judge asked if her firm was withdrawing its motion for sanctions, and she said she was unsure. Based on that, the judge ruled the libel case cannot move forward.

The judge removed O’Mara, at his request, as one of Zimmerman’s defamation lawyers.

O’Mara’s would not say why he was leaving the case but in a prepared statement, called Zimmerman’s claim “strong.”  (continue reading)

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33 Responses to Zimmerman VS NBC – Beasley Law Firm Petitions FL Court To Commence Civil Trial – Mark O’Mara Bow’s Out…

  1. justfactsplz says:

    Is it true that in order for the sactions situation to proceed that George has to decide that like Omara has said? If so this is what George should be putting as his number one priority so Beasley then can proceed with the NBC suit. George is in a good position to win and stands to be awarded a lot of money. enough to help him for the rest of his life. I am not surprised that MOM has bailed.


  2. auscitizenmom says:

    I wish I knew what to say. I hope George gets what he deserves from NBC. This is so frustrating.


  3. czarowniczy says:

    Well, after my many years working the civil courts I’m betting O’Mara smells something burning and it smells a lot like GZ going down in flames. The criminal trial was one thing – standards of proof are more stringent there and a lot of sentiment was with GZ. In a civil trial the standards of proof are less stringent and emotion plays a lot, as does the plaintiff’s lawyer’s ability to put on a good show. GZ hasn’t exactly been keeping a low profile post acquittal, even through he had to know a civil trial was inevitable. His behavior post acquittal has almost waving a red cape in the face of el torto and I don’t think O’Mara wants to be the rodeo clown in this one.
    GZ may just end up as the white OJ and unless lightning strikes him twice he may just end up as OJ has, an example case for future civil law classes.


  4. AdukeLAXobserver says:

    Why am I not surprise to see Nelson still mucking things up. As for NBC they might be less inclined to settle since Zimmerman doesn’t know how to keep a low profile. It wouldn’t surprise me if NBC’s lawyers have polled people on Zimmerman, held mock trials, or had some type of Frank Luntz group in for private talks. NBC may not want to settle at all. And with Nelson overseeing any trial, could you blame them?


  5. John Galt says:

    Nelson recused herself from the criminal case to avoid ruling on the sanctions motion.

    Nelson now improperly refuses to proceed with the civil case while the completely unrelated sanctions motion remains pending in the criminal case.

    Sounds like time for a writ.


  6. sharon4442013 says:

    I don’t see why the same attorney should be assigned to this case. She was obviously prejudiced against GZ in the criminal case.


  7. Lou says:

    I think that the case against the State withholding evidence is stronger. In the end, GZ will will against NBC, but the case against the state withholding evidence should not be dropped. the State of Florida is playing politics.


  8. LetJusticePrevail" says:

    I believe that by stalling the civil case Debra Nelson has demonstrated (once again) that she is not impartial in this matter, and should not be hearing the civil case. The Beasley firm might be well served to file a motion to have Nelson recused, regardless of whether they can succeed in forcing the civil matter to proceed.

    There is a legal hair being split, when Debra Nelson refuses to allow the civil case to proceed, based on the notion that the sanctions hearing is still pending. She, herself, separated the two issues (George’s trial and the sanctions hearing) to keep the outcome of the criminal trial from being influenced by whatever was determined during the sanctions hearing. Remember how quickly she put a stop to testimony that revealed how the 4th District SAO had not provided Ben Kruidbos’ report to the defense during discovery, and how BDLR openly denied in court that any other reports existed? In that manner, Judge Nelson erred (and that’s being generous) so now she’s hoping that by delaying the Civil case her error (and possible collusion with the prosecutors) can be covered up. What better way to accomplish that, than by coercing George’s legal team into dropping the motion for sanctions?

    The civil case against NBC was shelved by mutual agreement between both parties, until after the end of the criminal case which concluded with Debra Nelson’s statement to George Zimmerman after he was acquitted in July 2013: “You have no more business before this court.” She can’t have it both ways. If George has no further business before the court, then what remains, the motion for sanctions, is a completely different matter between the court, and the prosecutor’s office. Nelson can’t “have her cake, and eat it too.”


  9. LegionofOne says:

    Why isn’t the criminal case being finished? The court and the state must be terrified of what they have done being aired in open court. The governor, who started this mess by appointing a special prosecutor instead of letting the grand jury do its job, is up for reelection-BTW.


  10. dean says:

    Debra Nelson is obviously corrupt and biased as hell. I still predict NBC will settle.


  11. raskog says:

    Does this mean co-counsel Don West is off the case too? I would donate to Mr. West directly, not George, if the case against Bernie is still open.


  12. don king says:

    omara was never to be part of the civil case and it is shoddy journalism to say so…beasley is the lead attorney and omara the attorney of record and that is only because the suit was filed in florida while omara still represented zimm in his criminal trial..the suit was filed by beasley on beasley firm staionary with nothing about omara except his status as attorney of record…


    • John Galt says:

      “omara was never to be part of the civil case and it is shoddy journalism to say so”

      Nonsense. Any attorney that enters an appearance is legally and ethically obligated to pursue a case unless and until the court allows withdrawal.


      • thehoff71 says:

        If I am not mistaken, O’Mara’s job on the case was for the pro hac vice petition. Maybe he isn’t necessary for Beasley to practice in FL for the purpose of this case anymore?


        • John Galt says:

          “are undertaken in association with a lawyer who is admitted to practice in Florida and who actively participates in the matter;”

          “Subdivisions (c)(1)and (d)(1) recognize that the interests of clients and the public are protected if a lawyer admitted only in another jurisdiction associates with a lawyer licensed to practice in Florida. For these subdivisions to apply, the lawyer admitted to practice in Florida could not serve merely as a conduit for the out-of-state lawyer, but would have to share actual responsibility for the representation and actively participate in the representation.”



  13. jordan2222 says:

    I still do not know the legal basis for postponing the suit if both parties agree to proceed. Any lawyers care to opine?


  14. I am really confused by what is going on.
    1. Isn’t Zimmerman winning the case against NBC important for O’Mara and West getting paid the $2+M he claims they are owed for the criminal case?
    2. What is holding up the sanctions hearing against the prosecution? Is it the Kruidbos case?


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