Another strange development in the Trayvon Martin case is unfolding right now, with lawyers for George Zimmerman calling a press conference to announce that they can no longer serve as legal counsel to the shooter due to the fact he has ceased to stay in contact with them.
Defense attorneys for Zimmerman Craig Sonner and Hal Uhrig spoke to press outside the Seminole County Courthouse in Sanford, confirming that Zimmerman is “far away” from Florida and while remaining sympathetic, say that Zimmerman is unable to live his life normally due to the “bounty on his head.” The vibe at the press conference has been strange to say the least, with a lot of not disclosing or dodging of questions, and the main thrust of the conference being that their former client has entirely lost contact with the attorneys.
Sonner confirmed that the door remains open to Zimmerman should he want to be represented:
“He has gone on his own. I’m not sure what he’s doing or who he’s talking to… If he wants us to come back as counsel, he will contact us.”
It seems in part that Zimmerman’s recent actions have potentially upset the lawyer-client relationship. The website created by Zimmerman to raise funds for his possible legal defense seems to be part of the issue, as well as the fact that Zimmerman is said to have called conservative talk show host Sean Hannity as well as special prosecutor Angela Corey to discuss the case, things Sonner and Uhrig say they would never have advised a client to do.
You can watch the live press conference with George Zimmerman’s lawyers here.