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Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Mark O' Mara to George Zimmerman: I Quit and Pay Me In Full Now

Former Criminal Defendant in Florida Teenage Trayvon Martin
Murder Case, George Zimmerman (L) and his former Attorney
Mark O' Mara (R)
Less than four days after announcing acceptance of a job as a legal analyst on CNN, attorney Mark O’Mara dropped as George Zimmerman’s as a client.

O’Mara, successfully defended Zimmerman on murder charges for the shooting of Trayvon Martin, will represent Zimmerman in a defamation lawsuit against NBC, but not provide any further Zimmerman at this time.

Including legal representation in Zimmerman's upcoming divorce action with estranged wife Shellie Zimmerman and possible charges from the alleged domestic violence incident between Shellie, her Father and George on Monday.

According to Zimmerman's legal defense website, donors might have been misled how donations given would be used.

Mr. O’Mara and Mr. West have not been paid for their services. Money has been used to pay rent on office space, for IT support, for staff dedicated to the case. Considering the scope of the Zimmerman case, these expenditures are very modest, and these expenditures are expected to remain steady until the end of the case.
According to financial information available on the website $38,789.11 was allocated to Information Technology, Office Space and rental fees related to Zimmerman's defense. Law support and infrastructure account for $40,674.64 of the total amount raised of $314,099.07 thus far. But according to the website claims, Attorney's O' Mara or West have not been paid for work rendered on Zimmerman criminal defense case.
Before taking the Zimmerman Case, the O’Mara Law Group was a small private practice that consisted of Mr. O’Mara, an associate attorney, and a support staff of three. The defense team includes co-counsel Don West, 6 interns, and additional support staff. Many of these people work for free or at a deeply discounted rate.

Nonetheless, additional staff requires additional office space, more computers, new phones, expanded IT infrastructure and support, and more. Some of these expenses represent a one-time investment, some will be monthly recurring expenses until the case is complete.
Zimmerman living expenses over the past eight months totaled $61,747.54, security $56,100.00 and $95,000 for a bail bond. Bail fees would normally be returned to former defendant Zimmerman after an not-guilty verdict rendered by a juror of six in the shooting death of 17-year-old Florida teenager Trayvon Martin.  The website fails to accounting if Zimmerman's former bail bond fees were returned.

O’Mara recently criticized Zimmerman’s publicized trip to the gun factory that made the weapon he used to shoot Martin, but manage Zimmerman’s actions last night as “appropriate” while working as a CNN Legal Analyst Monday evening on Anderson Cooper Program. At a press conference following Zimmerman’s arrest Monday night, O’Mara was asked if he had any advice for the former defendant. “Pay me,” O’Mara said.

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