Most defense attorneys tell their clients to be quiet and let them do the talking. But George Zimmerman's lawyers are an odd lot, and don't seem to really be managing the public relations aspect of their client's legal affairs very well.
After weeks of silence and weird surrogates appearing on his behalf, George Zimmerman has made himself a website asking for donations. He has done this because he's upset about other people collecting donations in his name.
I am the real George Zimmerman,
On Sunday February 26th, I was involved in a life altering event which led me to become the subject of intense media coverage. As a result of the incident and subsequent media coverage, I have been forced to leave my home, my school, my employer, my family and ultimately, my entire life. This website's sole purpose is to ensure my supporters they are receiving my full attention without any intermediaries.
It has come to my attention that some persons and/or entities have been collecting funds, thinly veiled as my “Defense Fund” or "Legal Fund". I cannot attest to the validity of these other websites as I have not received any funds collected, intended to support my family and I through this trying, tragic time.
I have created a Paypal account solely linked on this website as I would like to provide an avenue to thank my supporters personally and ensure that any funds provided are used only for living expenses and legal defense, in lieu of my forced inability to maintain employment. I will also personally, maintain accountability of all funds received. I reassure you, every donation is appreciated.
I love this tag line at the bottom of the page, don't you? Also the big American flag sends a message. Of sorts.
The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil, is that good men do nothing. - Edmund Burke.
It seems ill-advised to me to put up a website that looks like a patriot or militia site with a quote they're fond of asking for donations, one day after Fox News reports that white supremacists are now 'patrolling' Sanford, to say nothing of the bad taste it displays. But there it is, waiting for the donations to pour in.
That's not even the worst part. The Daily Caller has a report on a furious letter sent to Eric Holder by an unnamed relative of George Zimmerman.
The family member believes the reason Holder hasn’t made those arrests is because he, like the members of the New Black Panther Party, is black.
“I am writing you to ask you why, when the law of the land is crystal clear, is your office not arresting the New Black Panthers for hate crimes?” the family member wrote to Holder.
“The Zimmerman family is in hiding because of the threats that have been made against us, yet the DOJ has maintained an eerie silence on this matter. These threats are very public. If you haven’t been paying attention just do a Google search and you will find plenty. Since when can a group of people in the United States put a bounty on someone’s head, circulate Wanted posters publicly, and still be walking the streets?”
“I would surmise that, based on your own definition of a hate crime, you have chosen not to arrest these individuals based solely on your race,” the family member wrote to Holder, insisting too that the was “NO racial component” to the “tragedy” that occurred on the late February night when Zimmerman shot Trayvon Martin.
Wow. I'm not defending threats made on this family. The right course of action is not paying vigilante justice with vigilante justice. But to put the accusation that Eric Holder is not prosecuting those making the threats because he's black? Yeah, I guess I wouldn't want my identity revealed either, given how that reads.
What worries me about this case is that justice cannot be done because of the one-way shield Zimmerman enjoys with the "Stand your ground" law. Even if it is true that Trayvon Martin fought with Zimmerman, it also stands to reason that he was the one standing his ground, even if he was unarmed. Yet it appears that the protection under this law is presumed to be only for Zimmerman, the guy with the gun who was pursuing this kid. Because there is a possibility that an unfair law may result in an unfair outcome, emotions are running high and hot. But if it were reversed and Trayvon Martin had been left alive and Zimmerman dead, some kind of 'justice' would have been meted out already. Is it any wonder people are chafing at the injustice?
Yet a relative is freaking out about Internet threats and making wild and yes, racist accusations toward Eric Holder. I just don't see how that helps anyone, least of all George Zimmerman, who desperately denies any race bias at all.
One last thought. Is it mere coincidence that this unnamed relative seems to have some real hysteria over the New Black Panthers, that group Fox News concern trolls over at every opportunity? Perhaps the bogeyman on the TV has spooked that guy.