George Zimmerman’s Attorneys Misrepresented Evidence In Court
Well, this isn’t something you want to have to admit to less than three weeks before your client goes on trial for murder:
Attorneys for George Zimmerman apologized Sunday for mischaracterizing evidence they said boosted their theory that Trayvon Martin was the aggressor in his fatal meeting with their client last year.
Lawyer Mark O’Mara said during a hearing last Tuesday that the defense had obtained video footage of three fights, including one in which he said two of Martin’s friends “were beating up a homeless guy.”
But Zimmerman’s defense team corrected that statement on Sunday, saying O’Mara had unintentionally “misstated the nature” of the footage.
In a statement posted on Zimmerman’s website, the defense lawyers said the footage actually showed ”two homeless guys fighting each other over a bike.”
Now, I’ve made misstatements in the middle of a hearing myself sometimes. When you’re speaking extemporaneously, it sometimes happens. When you realize you did it, you correct the mistake, make the appropriate apologies, and move on. Nonetheless, this one strikes me as a pretty serious mistake, and one that is likely to influence the relationship between the Judge and the defense team as the trial moves forward.