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March 28th, 2013
09:37 AM ET

Zimmerman's attorney 'absolutely' concerned about how client's brother's tweets may affect case

The brother of the man who shot and killed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin last year is now embroiled in some controversy of his own. Robert Zimmerman recently sent a series of tweets that many found controversial or even racist.

Zimmerman posted side-by-side images of Martin and De'Marquise Elkins, one of the teens arrested in the shooting of a baby in Florida, giving the middle finger, with the caption, "A picture speaks a thousand words: Any questions?"

George Zimmerman's attorney Mark O'Mara joins Starting Point this morning to discuss the outrage over his client's brothers tweets.

"I’m not sure where his heart was but I’ve always said that we have to have a conversation about race and the Zimmerman case has brought it to the forefront, particularly the way young black males are treated in the system," O'Mara says. "These types of tweets, these types of comments were insensitive to that and quite honestly were the opposite of what I hope the conversation would be to try to figure out what’s wrong with the system and a good way to fix it."

When asked whether or not he's concerned about Robert Zimmerman's comments affecting his case, O'Mara responds "absolutely."

"Quite honestly, I worry about everything and how it may affect the case. Everything that happens in this case is, if not overblown, hyper focused upon so that everything George says or does is important. Certainly, when a family member for my client says something that comes across as wholly insensitive if not much, much worse then it’s going to have an effect and we’re going to have to deal with it" O'Mara explains.

Filed under: George Zimmerman • Trayvon Martin
soundoff (2 Responses)
  1. rodney powell

    I hope he's tweets his brother to a long stretch in Prison!

    April 10, 2013 at 7:19 am | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Gunny

    That young man is just tweeting how he truly feels. No sense in trying to clean it up. I am sure there are many racist that support his statement.

    March 28, 2013 at 5:48 pm | Report abuse | Reply

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