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NEW YORK Jan 24 A painting by George Zimmerman
of the Florida attorney who prosecuted him in the shooting death
of Trayvon Martin is a copy of an Associated Press photo, a
spokesman for the news agency said on Friday.
A photo of the painting of prosecutor Angela Corey was
posted on Twitter by Zimmerman's brother, Robert, saying he
would entertain offers for its purchase.
But the AP on Friday sent a cease-and-desist order to an
attorney who has represented Zimmerman, calling on him to stop
trying to sell a work that was an artistic depiction of a
copyrighted photo by the news agency.
"George Zimmerman clearly directly copied an AP photo to
create his painting of Florida State Attorney Angela Corey,"
Paul Colford, a spokesman for the AP, said in a statement.
The AP competes with Reuters in the U.S. and international
In July 2013, a Florida jury acquitted Zimmerman of
murdering 17-year-old Martin, a black Miami high school student,
in a case that polarized the nation around issues of racial
justice, self defense and gun control.
The painting shows Corey with her fingers and thumbs pressed
together, along with the quote: "I have this much respect for
the American judicial system."
Zimmerman's brother said on Twitter on Friday that they were
"considering all options, incl. affordable prints."
Neither of the Zimmerman brothers was immediately available
In 2011, the Associated Press settled a lawsuit it brought
against artist Shepard Fairey for using an AP photograph to
create a red-and-blue poster of Barack Obama that came to
symbolize his 2008 presidential campaign.
The news agency said it sent a cease-and-desist letter to
Zimmerman's former lawyer, Jayne Weintraub, who plans to forward
it to him today.
Weintraub said she has not heard back from Zimmerman, who
she represented in November when he was arrested on domestic
violence charges that have since been dropped.
In December, bids for an original Zimmerman oil painting
depicting a blue American flag sold for over $100,000 on the
auction site eBay.