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George Zimmerman’s attorneys withdraw from case after losing contact with their client | News

April 11th, 2012 | by Max-El

In a totally unexpected twist to a case that has gripped many parts of the world, defense attorneys for George Zimmerman, the Florida neighborhood watch captain who fatally shot unarmed teen Trayvon Martin this past February, have withdrawn from the case after Zimmerman directly contacted prosecutors, a TV journalist and set up a website without their knowledge, Reuters is reporting. The attorneys also claim to have lost contact with their now-former client.

Lawyers Craig Sonner and Mark Uhrig said at a press conference that they lost contact with their client on Sunday (April 8) and that they were concerned with his mental and physical health after the swell of controversy and furor over the case.

The Miami Herald reports that while his own lawyers haven’t heard from him, Zimmerman has placed calls to and consented to answering questions from special prosecutor Angela Corey and Fox News personality Sean Hannity.

“He won’t even give me a collect call,” Sonner said.

The special prosecutor’s office declined speaking with Zimmerman without his legal representation present.

Uhrig says that Zimmerman is distraught and “may not be in control of what is going on,” according to the Herald.

“He probably watches more of this every day than he should,” Uhrig said, referring to the case’s widespread coverage. “He’s emotionally alone, and you might even say emotionally crippled.”

The lawyers said they would return to representing Zimmerman if he reached out to them.

The website,, attempts to solicit funding to be “used only for living expenses and legal defense, in lieu of my forced inability to maintain employment,” according the site’s homepage. The site’s authenticity has been confirmed by Zimmerman’s former attorneys, who also clarified that the site is separate from the one they reportedly established with Zimmerman’s father. The words on the homepage are Zimmerman’s first public comments since the incident happened on February 26th.

On that night, Zimmerman pursued and eventually shot 17-year-old Martin after noticing the teen walking in his gated community and calling 911 to report him as “suspicious.” Zimmerman followed and confronted Martin despite the emergency operator’s instruction not to. Although Martin was found to be unarmed and was in the community visiting his father who lived there, Zimmerman, 28, contends that he shot the boy in self-defense. Authorities have not yet charged Zimmerman with a crime thanks to Florida’s controversial “Stand Your Ground” law, a fact that has inspired widespread outrage, rallies, and calls to have the law repealed.


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  2. kafantaris says:

    Based on the repeated and excruciating screams heard a minute or so before the shot is fired, Zimmerman had the opportunity not to shoot Martin.  Since he shot him anyway, the prosecutor has enough evidence to bring a murder charge — this is so even if we assume that Zimmerman was initially punched and knocked down.  Martin’s “help, help” pleas show that Zimmerman later got the upper hand, and could have waited for the police make the arrest.  Instead, he shot an unarmed man pleading for help.   This is enough to show criminal intent and a murder charge is therefore in order.  
    As for race, it had nothing to do with Zimmerman’s decision to shoot — though it may have been a factor in his pursuing Martin at the outset.  It certainly was a factor in the perfunctory investigation that followed.  Nonetheless, Zimmerman, did not shoot Martin because he was black.  He shot him because he was angry.  So angry, in fact, that he could not hear Martin’s desperate pleas for help.  
    Great anger, even when provoked, does not justify the killing of another human being. 

  3. Chas Holman says:

    I’m just an audio guy.. I make no claims to anything else.

    I took the 911 call with the most audio informatiion regarding screams, pulled down some of the louder noises (the actual shot and a few times the woman caller gets a bit loud) so they don’t hurt you while listening to the softer noises… Then ran it at a slower speed and pitch corrected it 100 percent true. Anyone with an ear for music can tell not a note has been changed.. Digital affords you this luxury. In the analog days we had to physically slow the tape/medium down and you lose pitch and clarity.

    THIS AUDIO IS NOT ENHANCED per sey.. not like enhancing a photo.. the only enhancing has been to adust volume levels so you don’t hurt your ear listening to everything at relative volume levels.

    There are a few swirling artifacts in this copy because I had to compres the wav file to a 128 kbps mp3 to fit on my page so you had a player to hear it on.. These artifacts are slight and will not distract.

    This exercise is just a way to access the call and hear things you would not of as easily (but every bit of audio information from the original is still there) just listening to the raw recording. Akin to slowing down video without the frame per second limitations.

  4. Versetti says:

    This is officially beyond farcical. Does George Zimmerman actually exist?