This was how I looked before I became a media sensation:
Yeah, well, you should see the other guy.
The attorney for George Zimmerman said he is “frustrated” that prosecutors withheld a color photo of the Florida gunman that could bolster his case that Zimmerman was being beaten when he shot Trayvon Martin.
The graphic photo of Zimmerman, taken the night of his fateful confrontation with Florida teen Trayvon Martin, shows the accused murderer with a bloody face. Zimmerman’s legal team released the photo, which was taken by police, after prosecutors substituted it in for a black and white photocopy that had been submitted earlier.
“I get frustrated when certain evidence gets out and other evidence is withheld,” said Mark O’Mara, attorney for Zimmerman, 29, who faces murder charges in the Feb. 26 death of Martin, 17. “The photo is not a game-changer, but it is significant.
“If I had had that picture in my hand on April 11 …,” he said, referring to the date when Zimmerman was charged with second-degree murder.
But he didn’t. He had to wait six months.
Zimmerman’s lawyers said the photocopy of the image was provided by the prosecutors in the first round of discovery. The high-resolution digital file was finally provided to the defense on Oct. 29, and defense attorneys have said they will make all public documents related to the case available on their website.
Prosecutors had asked for the gag order, claiming a website and social media used by Zimmerman’s attorney could influence potential jurors in the racially charged case.
Other experts questioned the withholding of the photo.
“This borders on prosecutorial misconduct,” David Wohl, a criminal attorney and legal analyst said Tuesday during an interview on Fox News Channel.
Of course I wasn’t there: I can only go by what I read in the news. But what I’ve read in the news is an utter travesty of justice. Zimmerman has been tried and convicted in the court of public opinion without benefit of a trial. The Beautiful People have passed their verdict. And moved on.
When and if there is a real trial, I hope the judge throws it out on the first day—and I hope the Beautiful People choke on their arugula salads.