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Zimmerman Lawyers Quit, Say He Called Sean Hannity and Prosecutor

Late Tuesday evening, Hal Uhrig and Craig Sonner, the attorneys for George Zimmerman, suddenly announced they were dropping out of the case, citing their client’s behavior, which can only be called erratic.

In another important development, reported by the AP, special prosecutor Angela Corey is to make an announcement on the case within 72-hours. Speculation is that charges against Zimmerman could be filed before the weekend, though upon the news breaking no specifics of Corey’s coming announcement were given.

From the AP:

Zimmerman has not talked to or communicated with them since Sunday, said Craig Sonner, one of his lawyers.

Worse, Zimmerman has done two dangerous things, his lawyers said: He telephoned a special prosecutor who’s trying to put together a criminal case against him, and he called Sean Hannity of Fox News.

Both were bad ideas, said Sonner and co-counsel Hal Uhrig.

The call to the office of Special Prosecutor Angela Corey apparently did no harm, Uhrig said.

“They cut him off,” Sonner said.

Still, Uhrig said, “We were a bit astonished.”

The last thing George Zimmerman needs is the circus of right-wing radio and Sean Hannity.

What possessed to call the Special Prosecutor Angela Corey is beyond comprehension.

Zimmerman has also launched a website, however rudimentary, “TheRealGeorgeZimmerman,” which is text only on a background of the American flag. His statement begins by saying he has been “involved in a life altering event which led me to become the subject of intense media coverage.”

Trayvon Martin’s attorney responded to Time magazine:

It’s America, and he has a right to do what he wants to do. The family was a little taken aback that George said he had this life-changing occurrence [and needs money]. Well Trayvon Martin had a life-ending occurrence; his family had to do all this stuff [to get someone] who killed their child to face a judge and a jury. The fact that he has this website and he’s out to do this website, when you see the balance, Trayvon is dead. If it were the reverse, Trayvon would have been arrested by day one.

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40 Responses to Zimmerman Lawyers Quit, Say He Called Sean Hannity and Prosecutor

  1. Marie205 April 11, 2012 at 8:04 am #

    Honestly, I would be very suprised if the special prosecutor Angela Corey bought charges against Zimmerman. The way things have been looking, ever since the shooting took place, is that George Zimmerman might never face charges. The whole case has been a media circus. And it appears the general public has picked sides on who is guilty.

    • angels81 April 11, 2012 at 10:22 am #

      From everything Zimmerman’s lawyers said yesterday it seems that maybe Zimmerman was told he was going to charged. It makes no sense that he would cut his lawyers off, try to contact the special prosecutor himself, call Hannity, and then disappear. I will be surprised if the special prosecutor does not charge Mr. Zimmerman.

      • Rick Roberts April 11, 2012 at 10:39 am #

        I’ve thought all along he would be charged with something. It would be bedlam if he weren’t. The question is what will the charges be. Manslaughter?

        • angels81 April 11, 2012 at 10:44 am #

          Well in less then 70 hours we will know what if any the charges will be.

  2. dafederalist April 11, 2012 at 8:57 am #

    What possessed to call the Special Prosecutor Angela Corey is beyond comprehension.

    well, it worked out so well the last time he called the prosecutors office

  3. dafederalist April 11, 2012 at 8:58 am #

    Marie205 11 April 2012 at 8:04 am #

    Honestly, I would be very suprised if the special prosecutor Angela Corey bought charges against Zimmerman. The way things have been looking, ever since the shooting took place, is that George Zimmerman might never face charges. The whole case has been a media circus. And it appears the general public has picked sides on who is guilty.

    other cases were tried with far less evidence.. I say take it to the court

  4. Rick Roberts April 11, 2012 at 9:36 am #

    Hate crimes happen and are dismissed by authorities: http://d.pr/yYVI.

  5. Ramsgate April 11, 2012 at 9:55 am #

    This is madness. Only in Florida. Only in America. Circus is right.
    The parents are correct though — if the tables were turned Martin would have been arrested on day one and would probably already have been convicted.

  6. Sandmann April 11, 2012 at 10:13 am #

    Whatever the case, Mr. Zimmerman isn’t doing himself any favors.

  7. angels81 April 11, 2012 at 10:28 am #

    I hope the special prosecutor subpoena’s Hannity as to what he was told by Zimmerman. Hannity has been one of the flame throwers in this case, and should tell the special prosecutor what was said between himself and Mr. Zimmerman.

  8. Sasha April 11, 2012 at 11:30 am #

    Hannity has repeatedly said we need to wait for the evidence to come out.
    He also said he will not disclose what he and Zimmerman talked about.
    I don’t think we will ever find out.

    Unlike the rest of the media, Hannity has brought attention to the New Black Panther Party bounty and recently the Florida arrival of the Skinheads, both of whom are trying to insert themselves into this tragedy.

    If Zimmerman has watched cable news for a day he is likely mentally unstable as a result. Personally, I don’t think I could stand watching 24 hour media calling for my arrest and capture as they manipulate the little evidence they have obtained. I would be terrified. Many on blogs are calling for his murder and there is increasing chatter about race wars unless Zimmerman is killed or goes to prison for a very long time. If reading the comments on CNN is an indicator, the race wars have already started on the internet.

    Anyhoo, in other recent news 41 Black men were killed (by other Blacks) in a 6 day period in Chicago. A 17 year old Black male has a greater chance of being killed by another Black male over a rent a cop. Someone sure is silent about the war between Black men raging in his own backyard?

    Personally, I would like to talk about the $100 I paid to fill up my car today…

    • Marie205 April 11, 2012 at 11:42 am #

      Sasha ….There is no such thing as the “New Black Panther Party” the original Black panthers or long gone…these so called New Black Panther Party…is a ragtag group of nobodies that spend their days mouthing off. No one “Sane” in America lies awake at night worrying if these morons will being coming after their family. The only people pushing these fools into national media is the online racist obsessed website Stormfront and Sean Hannity.

      As for Black men killing each other…they are usually caught and charged with murder ( statistics of black men serving prison backs that statement up)…unlike “free as a bird” Zimmerman. So, of course no one is talking about that issue at the moment. Right now, We have Mr. Zimmerman most likely “armed” somewhere wondering the streets of America…and “mentally unstable” (at least that is how his own former lawyers described his state of mind.) And I am suppose to worried about the Black panthers?…uh..OK!

      • jjamele April 11, 2012 at 11:55 am #

        The “New Black Panther” party is, as you say, a total red herring. It’s practically non-existent and utterly meaningless.

        The issue of black-on-black crime, however, is neither. It’s a conversation we desperately need to have, and we should be having it, rather than leaving pond scum like Hannity to frame the argument and write the script. Americans are murdering each other, but because it’s usually blacks killing blacks, it gets very little attention, and that’s a real tragedy.

        • Marie205 April 11, 2012 at 12:26 pm #

          jjamele….attaching Black on Black crime issues… to the Zimmerman case is unrelated and distraction to the Case against Zimmerman… The person that shot Treyvon Martin was not another African-American. I could understand bridging that topic if the death was related to that subject matter.

          In fact, several white supremacist websites are promoting the topic Black on Black crime rates to downgrade what happen to the Martin kid. I find the whole thing sick.

      • Sandmann April 11, 2012 at 12:24 pm #

        I wonder if there is a book written similar to Grimm’s Fairy Tales in which xenophobes and bigots spin dark tales of The Others?

    • angels81 April 11, 2012 at 12:04 pm #

      If Hannity is subpoenaed by the special prosecutor he will have to tell her what was said or face jail. Hannity has no legal right to withhold information to the special prosecutor if asked for it.

      As far as the New Black Panther Party, there really is no such thing. All this is is a few men trying to play off the Black Panther Party of the past. They are nothing but a few men with a web site.

    • Ramsgate April 11, 2012 at 12:52 pm #

      Sasha @ 11:30AM :”Anyhoo, in other recent news 41 Black men were killed (by other Blacks) in a 6 day period in Chicago. A 17 year old Black male has a greater chance of being killed by another Black male over a rent a cop. Someone sure is silent about the war between Black men raging in his own backyard?”

      That sounds as if it came straight out of John Derbyshire’s racist rant.

      • Sasha April 11, 2012 at 1:28 pm #

        Nope. It came from a Black website I visit primarily made up of women.
        I read it in the news section where the discussion was about Chicago crime.

        I did however add that little dig at Obuma. I couldn’t resist. Sorry.
        I do find it fascinating that they still love him in Chicago.

    • angels81 April 11, 2012 at 1:25 pm #

      Sasha, how many whites where murdered by whites in that same 6 day period? Seeing as most murders are committed by someone who knew the victim it stands to reason that both victim and killer would be of the same race.

      I would say that the issue really has to do more with poor on poor, who live in run down depressed neighborhoods, where jobs are nonexistent and schools are rundown and underfunded. When there is no hope of making a better life, crime tends to become the option, and in those conditions, crime doesn’t take in the color of ones skin as the deciding factor.

      • Sasha April 11, 2012 at 1:46 pm #

        Angel there is a problem in the Black neighborhoods in Chicago. From what I have read there are many military grade weapons on the streets and it is becoming increasingly difficult for the police to control. People will not talk to police out of fear.

        I agree with you that much of this has to do with the results of the REAL unemployment numbers which are much higher for Black males. People are scared and angry, but it is much easier to focus their frustration on the Trayvon tragedy rather than to have an honest look at the real issues. The media would much rather report the Trayvon story than this. Too messy.

    • spincitysd April 11, 2012 at 1:32 pm #

      Sasha,

      Dude,

      I can not believe what a base fool you are. The New Black Panthers? Are you for real? Are you a complete ignoramus, or do you just play one on T.V.?

      Three ijits who rummaged through their dad’s attic to play dress up as ’60′s black radicals do not a race war make. Shall we depart the toxic swamps of Fox and deal with reality? Yes, let’s.

      The real Black Panthers were an Oakland group, founded as a self-help / self-defense group in that SF Bay city. They were an understandable, if ultimately counterproductive, response to a brutal and bigoted police force and a city that had abused them for a generation.

      Steeped in the New Left radicalism of the day and further informed by the notions of Black Nationalism, they were quite proudly every white suburban’s worst nightmare. Unfortunately, this was a really bad idea both tactically and strategically for the group in the long run.

      The old Panthers could never match the local, state and federal abilities at violence and were out-gunned at every turn. More than a few times the Panthers were set up by agents provocateurs and got on the receiving end of a uneven fire-fight.

      This is not to say the Panthers were innocent babes, they were after all armed radicals with a well earned reputation for hostility to both the police and the local power structures. As the group deteriorated, they did degrade into common criminality with no political purpose. Even in there heyday it was hard to separate the political purpose from the bare knuckled hooliganism of the Panthers

      Be that as it may, the present (dis)organization has nothing to do with the group founded on the west coast. The “New Panthers” calls Philadelphia home. It has no roots in the community. Its “philosophy” is a mish-mash of grade-school Marxism leavened with radical-chic notions picked out of the dust bin of the 1960′s. Basically, this is a bunch of immature ragamuffins unaware that Halloween only happens once a year. They revel in play acting “scary black dudes” that much is true, but they are in no way, shape, or form a real threat to anyone other than themselves.

  9. Marie205 April 11, 2012 at 12:32 pm #

    jjamele…You are correct its a conversation we do desperately need. However, this case is not related to that issue. In order to address the serious reason for Black on Black murders…we would first have to do lots of research and get solutions to solve this problem. But with Zimmerman and Treyvon case its pretty obvious what went wrong the day these two crossed paths and Black on Black statistics had nothing to do with it.

  10. Sasha April 11, 2012 at 1:21 pm #

    The New Black Panther Party is very real and growing. However you guys may keep telling yourselves they are just a few disgruntled brothers with a website…

    As far as Black on Black murders many of the murders go unsolved because of the “No Snitching” rule. They may be caught and held with other charges like drugs, etc., but it is rare that witnesses to murder come forward. The Trayvon / Zimmerman situation is a tragedy but I still say a young Black man has a greater chance of being murdered by another Black male and that is a bigger problem. I never thought this case was about race. It is now because the race pimps did it for attention. They need to focus on the real problems in the Black community if they want to be helpful. Will there be a march in Chicago and attempt to get a handle on the ongoing war before summer? I anticipate the National Guard will have to pay a visit to Chicago if things continue on this path. That will be interesting prior to the election.

    • Sandmann April 11, 2012 at 1:39 pm #

      The New Black Panther Party is very real and growing.

      Willful ignorance, but you already know this.

    • spincitysd April 11, 2012 at 1:43 pm #

      Sasha,

      Mew* Black Panthers growing? Are you for fucking real?? If they add one more person that’s a 33% increase! Do you have, you know, real numbers to back this claim up? Or are you just swallowing Hannity’s bilge water straight from the tap?

      * Mew, as in feeble, malnourished kitten attempting to put up a scary front. ei, a total pathetic, laughable and perhaps tragic display that fools exactly no one with two brain cells to rub together.

    • mjsmith April 11, 2012 at 1:45 pm #

      Black on black violence is not an issue that can be used as a political wedge. The new black panther party is referred to by Atty Gen. Eric “fast and furious” Holder are “my people”.

    • angels81 April 11, 2012 at 1:59 pm #

      I can tell you know very little about what is going on in Chicago. To even mention the National Guard is laughable. Here’s some facts for you about Chicago.

      1. Murders are down over 2% from last year.

      2. Overall crime is down by over 8% from last year.

      3.Chicago’s crime rates are the lowest they have been in decades.

      4. The one place were murders have risen are in Engelwood, which is a very poor and depressed neighborhood on the south side.

      Arthur Lurigio, a criminal justice professor and associate dean at Loyola University stated, ” The truth is that we’re safer now then we were 40 years ago.” For you to suggest that maybe the National Guard may be needed in nothing but silly bullshit on your part, and show’s how little you know about what is going on in Chicago.

      • Sasha April 11, 2012 at 2:17 pm #

        I am listening to Black people in Chicago who are in the war zone.
        THEY want the National Guard.

        Not some pansy of a professor sitting behind a desk in the safety of his office.

        • angels81 April 11, 2012 at 2:26 pm #

          Sure you are. Why not give us some links to all these black people you are listening to who are calling for the National Guard? Another question I have is, do you live in Chicago? I do know that the professor you call a pansy does live and work in Chicago, so I would think he has a better handle on what’s going on in his city, then someone who is getting their info of the web.

          • Sasha April 11, 2012 at 2:47 pm #

            I used to live in Chicago and I still have ties there.

            No links. You will just have to trust me, or visit a few Black message boards and do a little reading. I find that the women are scared for themselves and their families.
            There are real discussions and there is real fear about what is going on in Chicago.

  11. mjsmith April 11, 2012 at 1:42 pm #

    The main concern I have is how the police handled the case. Why did it take 3 days to make any attempt to contact Martin’s family? WHy was ZImmerman never tested for drugs and alcohol?

    Zimmerman should be considered innocent as all people should until proven guilty in a Court of Law.

    It is a shame that Zimmerman will most likely never be prosecuted, as a result of the pathetic display of phony experts and their conclusions based on nothing more than speculation.

    President Obama should have learned from has past mistake of making public comments.

    The level of disregard for facts by the mainstream media is pathetic.

    Ed Schultz on msdnc was on a rampagelast night with some goof-ball presenting himself as a lawyer. By expert, I mean another person who has been able to reach solid conclusions without knowing all of the facts. He should explain the real reasons why his company has been intentionally distorting the facts. (hint: everyon already know).

    Sean Hannity has been attacked for being responsible and doing everything he can to uncover all of the facts on this case.

    NBC and every affiliate of NBC should no no longer report this story. They have proven their incompetence.

    This is a story is about human life, not a political wedge issue for President Obama and his minions to exploit.

    • Sandmann April 11, 2012 at 1:57 pm #

      …President Obama and his minions…

      What is he, Skeletor?

  12. Sasha April 11, 2012 at 2:08 pm #

    Spin and Sand I guess that you are not in the New Black Panther Party loop.

    Their reach is greater than Philly and there is money pouring in.
    With money usually better organization follows.
    The tragedy in Florida has been good for them.

    I am very much aware of the differences between the original Panthers and the NBPP.
    If I have any Panther questions I will go directly to the source.

    Eric F&F Holder just spoke out about the case.
    Why am I not surprised he did not mention the media’s evidence tampering or the New Black Panther Party bounty. His silence is deafening.

    • angels81 April 11, 2012 at 2:31 pm #

      Have any links to prove that their reach is so great and that money is pouring in? How many chapters do they have around the country? How many members do they have? What cities are they in? Do you have any clue?

      • Sasha April 11, 2012 at 2:51 pm #

        angel, I am not a member of the NBPP lol!

        • angels81 April 11, 2012 at 4:30 pm #

          Hey! your the one who said their reach is so great and the money is pouring in, so how do you know all this? I’ll ask again, do you have any links to back up your claim?

  13. Ramsgate April 11, 2012 at 2:44 pm #

    Justice on a turtle’s back — According to WAPO, Zimmerman about to be charged. Finally.

  14. angels81 April 11, 2012 at 2:49 pm #

    According to NBC news, they are reporting that Mr. Zimmerman will be charged this afternoon. According to a law enforcement official Special Prosecutor will announce late this afternoon what the charges will be.

  15. spincitysd April 11, 2012 at 3:03 pm #

    What began as tragedy is quickly degrading to farce. The pressure is obviously getting to Zimmerman. I cannot say I’m in my happy place about how this whole story is unraveling. Zimmerman not listening to his defense lawyers is not a good thing. Zimmerman’s lawyers bailing out on him is a really bad thing.

    I guess I’m feeling just a slight twinge here. Call it my always bleeding liberal heart. Zimmerman is being eaten alive by the twenty four hour news cycle. Being tried by the Moron Media has got to be the worst way of determining the guilt or innocence of Zimmerman. Far too many biased people with far too many axes to grind have gotten involved. Instead of gaining any clarity all the media circus has managed to do is muddy the waters further.

    The Media fury has been a double edged sword at best. If this incident had not popped up on the national radar it is quite possible that Zimmerman would not be investigated at all. The white-hot light of the National Media forced the hand of Florida and the USDOJ.

    But the white-hot light of the National Media also turned the investigation into a circus. Unless they move the trial to some remote Alaskan village I have no idea how Zimmerman gets a fair shake. I guess they can scare up some people who claim they have not heard of the case, but I will have a hard time believing in or at least trusting a juror so disconnected from current events. Then you have the small problem of Zimmerman running off the rails and not following the advice of council.

    God, what a pit of vipers this affairs is turning out to be.

    Still, the whole ungodly mess could have been avoided by Zimmerman staying in his truck and letting the real cops do their jobs. At best Zimmerman is complete idiot who should never been allowed to purchase as much as a pea-shooter, never mind a small arm. He got himself into this mess by his own negligence and incompetence; by shooting a teenager only “armed’ with a bag of skittles. He made a really awful decision that night, and is he ever paying for it now. The only question is how high the particular bill will end up. The meter is definitely running

  16. Sasha April 12, 2012 at 10:10 am #

    Today’s Chicago Tribune: Chicago Homicides Soar
    http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/ct-met-chicago-homicides-soar-20120412,0,1713215.story

    The cute little girl who is pictured was murdered because of shots fired to kill the gang banger her mom was dating.

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