Lawyers for Trayvon Martin's killer accused of "witch hunt"

Mon Sep 10, 2012 7:07pm EDT

George Zimmerman (L) appears, along with his attorney Mark O'Mara, in front of Circuit Judge Kenneth R. Lester for a bond hearing at the Seminole County Criminal Justice Center in Sanford, Florida, June 29, 2012. REUTERS/Joe Burbank/Pool

George Zimmerman (L) appears, along with his attorney Mark O'Mara, in front of Circuit Judge Kenneth R. Lester for a bond hearing at the Seminole County Criminal Justice Center in Sanford, Florida, June 29, 2012.

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ORLANDO, Fla., Sept 10 - Lawyers defending the neighborhood watch volunteer charged in the fatal shooting of unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin have launched a "witch hunt" by seeking Martin's school and social media records, the family's lawyer said on Monday.

"I think certainly it is a witch hunt to try to find something to attack the character of a dead child and it's completely irrelevant because his school records had nothing to do with him (George Zimmerman) shooting Trayvon Martin in the heart on February 26," said Martin family attorney Ben Crump.

Zimmerman lawyer Mark O'Mara announced on his website last week that he had subpoenaed Martin's entire school file from the Miami-Dade public school district, including test scores, any disciplinary actions and attendance records.

At the time of his death, Martin, a 17-year-old high school student, was serving a 10-day suspension from school after being caught with a plastic baggie containing traces of marijuana.

Martin was spending a week with his father and father's fiancée in a gated town-home community in Sanford, just north of Orlando.

He was walking back from a convenience store when Zimmerman called a 911 dispatcher and said the teen looked suspicious. Zimmerman said he shot Martin in self-defense after he was attacked and Martin repeatedly slammed his head to the ground.

Barring a court order prohibiting the release of Martin's school records, school district spokesman John Schuster said the records would be turned over to O'Mara.

"We will honor any subpoena, but we also notify the parents ahead of time before we do that," Schuster said.

O'Mara and his spokesman did not return calls from Reuters for comment on Monday afternoon.

(Editing By Tom Brown and Peter Cooney)

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Comments (12)
trex2561 wrote:
Here I thought it was the other way around. Of course, I’m white.

Sep 10, 2012 7:42pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
frustrated567 wrote:
Can this rag of a news agency show anymore bias? An unbiased headline would read “Lawyers for George Zimmerman accused of witch hunt”. He is a suspect unless the jury finds him guilty. Then he would be Trayvons killer.

Sep 10, 2012 11:37pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
TimBerton wrote:
Crump is wrong about Martin’s school records not having anything to do with the shooting. Martin would not have been in Zimmerman’s neighborhood the night he was shot had he not been suspended from school.

Sep 10, 2012 12:48am EDT  --  Report as abuse
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