Zimmerman's lawyer: Not about civil rights
According to a fire department report, Zimmerman had "abrasions to his forehead," "bleeding/tenderness to his nose" and a "small laceration to the back of his head" when he was treated at the scene.
February 27th, 2013
01:18 AM ET

Zimmerman's lawyer: Not about civil rights

Whatever the outcome of the Trayvon Martin case, it will be viewed less as a determination of the shooter's guilt or innocence and more as a victory or loss for civil rights, George Zimmerman's lawyer fears.

Mark O'Mara said he has been busy trying to dispel the racial overtones in the case by getting out more evidence about his client.

His hope, he said, is that people will divorce a verdict from the real civil rights questions.

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  1. Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©™

    @ flamespeak is correct.
    The article's use if the phrase, "the real civil rights questions," implies that this is a case about civil rights. This is a case about a shooting death that occurred when citizens of a gated community were trying to stop burglaries in their homes.
    The media hype of the "unarmed little teenager who only wanted to be able to buy some iced tea abd Skittles, as innocent children do–and don't forget that our innocent children are our hope for the future–exercising their often-denied Civil Rights," accompanied by outdated photos, is sickening.

    February 27, 2013 at 3:31 am | Report abuse |
    • ronvan

      JIF: Wonder why it seems everytime a black person is involved the "race card" has to be thrown? Your black, strike 1, your wearing a hoodie, strike 2, your in an area where a "wanna be", using 1 & 2, determines, in HIS opinion, that you have to be up to no good? A RACE or profiling incident? OR, depending on the person (s) involved, BOTH?

      February 27, 2013 at 7:01 am | Report abuse |
  2. Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©™

    TYPO: "...use of the phrase," not, "...use if the phrase."

    February 27, 2013 at 3:35 am | Report abuse |
  3. flamespeak

    Apparently CNN didn't like my comment so they removed it. Freedom of speech only applies if you agree with the statement and it doesn't hurt your feelings on here.

    February 27, 2013 at 5:58 am | Report abuse |
    • ronvan

      YEP! Getting the same thing. My local newspapers on line site is now charging you if you want to post comments!

      February 27, 2013 at 6:43 am | Report abuse |
  4. bobcat (in a hat)©

    "This is NOT about civil rights". I couldn't agree more with that statement. This is a case of a neighborhood watch person stepping way over the boundary of his authority. If this person would have stuck with what neighborhood watch guidelines describe, which are detect and report, and also obeyed the 911 operator, the young man would not be dead, at least not by his hand.

    February 27, 2013 at 10:15 am | Report abuse |
  5. Rick

    Actually it is because if Trayvon Martin was white this never would of happened but if it did, Zimmerman would have been arrested immediatly.

    February 27, 2013 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |