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Zimmerman pleaded not guilty to second degree murder charges and says he shot Trayvon Martin in self-defense.

“Anybody who pays attention to the facts of this case, listens to the evidence, will not leave that courtroom thinking that George Zimmerman is guilty of anything,” O’Mara said.

“And, if a jury agrees, they should not and cannot be frustrated with the outcome because the State’s put on a good case, we put on a good case, everything that should get out to this jury has been out,” he said.

“If they decide on the facts of the case, we as a society – Black, White, everybody – need to look at this case and say justice was in fact accomplished here, because a fair trial was held.”

Why is O’Mara portraying Zimmerman as a victim of hateful people on national television? Is it desperation or a clever strategy?  And is O’Mara implying that black Americans are the people who are “angry” and “upset” and “may well take it out” on Zimmerman?

I’m disturbed that O’Mara would raise the issue of race in such a flagrant way knowing that the racially-charged trial, at its core, is about racial profiling and Zimmerman, a Hispanic man, killing a black teenager who was not carrying a weapon.

O’Mara should restrict his defense of Zimmerman to the courtroom and save the television theatrics for after the trial.

(Photo: AP)

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