George Zimmerman's Lawyers Quit: Is Anyone Surprised?

A few short hours after The Real George Zimmerman wowed the world with his, uh, grammatical skills and love of Old Glory, the news broke that his legal team has bailed.

Sure, you could spend time listening to legal analysts weighing in on these recent developments. But, the fact is that the attorneys' abandonment of Zimmerman isn't shocking. At all.

After Zimmerman retained Craig Sonner, an Orlando Sentinel investigation soon put to question whether the lawyer could handle the case.

For starters, "He had never defended a client accused in a homicide."

Nevertheless, the proprietor of a one-person law firm told reporters: "I believed his story of how he was defending himself...I've already got a number of experts lined up to take this one... I don't think we're going to have a problem exonerating George Zimmerman."

And then there was that March 26 incident with Lawrence O'Donnell, who hosts "The Last Word" on MSNBC. Sonner bailed minutes before airtime, leaving the anchor "fuming and spending several minutes angrily interviewing an empty chair."

Sonner then linked to a Jon Stewart piece spoofing the O'Donnell fiasco on his practice's website, the news section of which only seems to have been active since he became involved in the Trayvon Martin case. Of the bit, he wrote "Funny Video."

Enter Hal Uhrig, said to sporadically work with Sonner (who also moonlights as a Cub Scout leader and martial arts expert.)

Uhrig used "shaken baby syndrome" to defend Zimmerman's actions, Reuters reports. (To answer your questions: Yes, both are members of the Florida Bar in good standing, and neither have a disciplinary history in the last 10 years.)

Granted, it's not unheard of that a low-profile defense lawyer will pick up a high-profile case. Remember that Casey Anthony's attorney Jose Baez handled child support and bikini companies before acquitting his client.

Uhrig and Sonner have officially cited Zimmerman's sudden lack of communication with them -- and decision to contact the special prosecutor and chat with Sean Hannity -- as their reason to withdraw from the case.

Some reports, however, suggest that they might be open to advising him -- but not defending him per se.

The Voice will keep you posted with any updates.

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Dan the Man
Dan the Man

That long live Zimmerman graffiti message he has posted there was painted on the night of April 4th, it was discovered on April 5th. April 4th is the day that Martin Luther King was slain. This combined with the fact that the graffiti was on a black cultural center means that the graffiti writer was sending the message, “Long Live Zimmerman, slayer of Blacks”. When Zimmerman decided to put that on his website he was giving the message his stamp of approval.


It is absolutely insane that this has become a purely political case.  Why in the F would Sean Hannity be involved at all?  This is a murder case.  He is a media pundit.  I sincerely believe that he causes Republicans much more harm than good.  The good news is - as long as he is involved in trying to get a Republican elected President - it will never happen.



There are hundreds of articles about the Trayvon Martin tragedy. The outrage is not because a white man killed a black man -- but because the Sanford police department covered up the murder. 

- What if the police department were the NYPD? 

- What if the victim had been kidnapped and threatened with death by NYPD detectives? 

- What if the victim requested protection form the FBI? 

-What if the victim posted a Youtube video revealing felonies by a NY State Supreme Court Judge, and NAMED the people who were going to kill him? 

-What if the victim was then bludgeoned to death on a deserted street, miles from his home? 

-What if the ER doctor lied about the cause of death, claiming the victim died of an “aneurism” with "no trauma". 

-What if NYPD detectives illegally removed the body from the hospital hours after death and sent it to the morgue for cremation, claiming claiming "natural death". 

-What if the Medical Examiner contradicted the NYPD and the ER and ruled the cause of death “Blunt force trauma with skull fractures and brain injuries” & the manner of death "suspicious". 

-What if the NYPD denied all FOIL requests for information? 

-What if the Commissioner of the NYPD ignored letters requesting an explanation? 

- What if THEN - as in the Trayvon Martin case - the police refused to investigate? 

Those are the precise circumstances of the death of corruption whistleblower Sunny Sheu, yet not ONE mainstream media venue has reported this story.

Chas Holman
Chas Holman

I'm just an audio guy.. I make no claims to anything else.

I took the 911 call with the most audio informatiion regarding screams, pulled down some of the louder noises (the actual shot and a few times the woman caller gets a bit loud) so they don't hurt you while listening to the softer noises... Then ran it at a slower speed and pitch corrected it 100 percent true. Anyone with an ear for music can tell not a note has been changed.. Digital affords you this luxury. In the analog days we had to physically slow the tape/medium down and you lose pitch and clarity.

THIS AUDIO IS NOT ENHANCED per sey.. not like enhancing a photo.. the only enhancing has been to adust volume levels so you don’t hurt your ear listening to everything at relative volume levels.

There are a few swirling artifacts in this copy because I had to compres the wav file to a 128 kbps mp3 to fit on my page so you had a player to hear it on.. These artifacts are slight and will not distract.

This exercise is just a way to access the call and hear things you would not of as easily (but every bit of audio information from the original is still there) just listening to the raw recording. Akin to slowing down video without the frame per second limitations.

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