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Zimmerman’s Lawyer Don West & the Unpardonable Ice Cream Shot

“We beat stupidity celebration cones,” followed by three emoticons and the hashtags, “#zimmerman #defense #dadkilledit.”

“We beat stupidity celebration cones,” followed by three emoticons and the hashtags, “#zimmerman #defense #dadkilledit.”

IT WAS the photo that was more talked about than any other so far. The offensive ice cream shot of George Zimmerman’s lawyer Don West.

The Daily Beast grabbed a shot of it, shown above, before it could be wiped from the web.

As of Friday afternoon, the account—and the increasingly infamous photo—had been entirely removed from the web, leaving a trail of broken links in its wake. A call to Don West Law Group went unanswered on Friday, and a voicemail left there was not immediately returned. Shawn Vincent, a spokesman for West, did tell a reporter for Miami’s Channel 10 that going for ice cream with his daughters was a tradition for West, and “Don had no idea she’d post it on Instagram.” He said the defense team “understands the context of the comments with what’s happened in court this week are grossly insensitive.”

West himself told a group of reporters at the courtroom: “As a parent, we’re not always proud of things our children do, but we love them anyway, and then we move on.”

Molly West, the daughter of Don West, blasted the photo out into the ether after her father delivered an opening statement that included a knock-knock joke. The hashtag #dadkilledit was a social media applause line.

It didn’t take long before it was being dubbed “the most offensive selfie of all time.”

What it does do, at least for me, is put into perspective the knock-knock joke of Don West. Now, it’s highly doubtful that joke will impact the outcome of the trial, but put along side this photo being blasted out by his daughter, it gives you a picture of a lawyer that is anything but flattering.

Why in the world Don West was behaving like this while his client’s life hangs in the balance, not to mention it’s because he killed an unarmed 17 year-old, is an ethics question to ponder for arm chair philosophers. The cable talking heads eviscerated him.

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3 Responses to Zimmerman’s Lawyer Don West & the Unpardonable Ice Cream Shot

  1. guyski June 29, 2013 at 9:59 am #

    Once again, only a personal opinion.

    Television cameras should never have be allowed into courtrooms. Granted the concept; allowing folks to view the justice system and how it works, was noble the reality is quite different. These television cameras have turned what should be serious court proceedings into the ultimate reality show/competition event. Have they replaced soap operas?

    They are now nothing but entertainment. People camping out to get a limited seats to the public (Stacey Perterson) A judge taking the opportunity to audition for his own show (Anna Nicole Smith), butt slapping your lawyer (Chad Johnson), lawyers using these cases for career advancement or perhaps a politcal future, not to mention all the talking heads on TV.

    So this ice cream shot, might be offensive to some, I’m sure you’ll see more of it. Wouldn’t be surprised if in the future lawyers on the same team will be giving each other high fives after scoring a ‘point’

    One more thing. SInce everyone is making money off our judicial system, perhaps the judicial system should get into the act. After all having a trial is expensive. They could sell exclusive rights for the broadcasts (let CNN, Fox, MSNBC bid for it), build arena size courtrooms and sell tickets. Get a percentage of the concessions sold, etc. Could be lucrative. (Oozing sarcasm here)

    • Taylor Marsh June 29, 2013 at 1:34 pm #

      Well, the Supreme Court agrees.

  2. ladywalker68 June 29, 2013 at 5:35 pm #

    Very much a case of the apple not falling far from the tree, eh? And if they all think he “killed it” well, I have been reading a lot of comments from both sides and many people who aren’t totally clueless about living life while being something other than Caucasian disagree with that assessment … As you so brilliantly articulated in your other post.

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