Violent Crime Lawyer
Yes. Everyone needs their rights protected. This case is a tragedy, and I feel horrible for Trayvon Martin's family. But this is America where you are presumed innocent until proven guilty.
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At the risk of being provocative, my answer would be "yes". The problem is that no one was there who is alive to tell us what happened. Mr. Martin is gone and can not be brought back to life. That is the tragedy. Do we do another tragedy by improperly convicting Zimmerman in the Court of public opinion?
Remember the Duke LaCross team? Or that young guy at the Atlanta Olympics? Or how many prisoners are released when DNA evidence is evaluated? We just had a fellow released after 19 years or so, and that was after a full trial.
I will tell you who I would not be willing to represent--the Sanford Police Department!
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It hardly seems proper to discuss a specific case or any particular person. In general, however, I would certainly talk to anyone charged with an highly unpopular crime just as I would to any other potential client, with a view towards accepting the case if the client and I were able to work together. That having been said, I would have a major problem representing a client who talks about a case in public or posts about it online. My firm orders would be to discuss the case with absolutely nobody, and I would withdraw as counsel if those instructions were disregarded. A client who wants to go public can do it on somebody else's watch, not on mine.
Criminal Defense Attorney
Every person in this country is entitled to his day in court and is innocent until proven guilty. We must look at all the facts and circumstances before we rush to judgment. There may be a legitimate defense that Mr. Zimmerman may be able to assert which is applicable to all the citizens of Florida.