Zimmerman’s Lawyer Bolts Before MSNBC Interview [Video]

Melissa Stusinski - Author

Jun. 15 2013, Updated 11:49 p.m. ET

George Zimmerman‘s lawyer, Craig Sonner, is under fire today after running away from a live interview with MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell. But the show must go on, and so it did; O’Donnell came on air with an explanation for the absence of Sonner. He was visibly upset as he explained to the audience that:

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“Craig Sonner has been the first guest in the history of this particular show, to get scared, to be terrified, so terrified of coming on this show that he has literally run away. He’s in our car right now, taking him home from our studio, afraid to face the questioning he would face on this show. Watch out for wherever Craig Sonner shows up next on television, because wherever he shows up next on television has an obligation to put him through serious questioning about what he’s doing and what he knows, and the contradictions in the things he’s already said on television.”

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O’Donnell did not let a small thing like his interviewee skipping out deter him. He continued on with the show, asking Sommer’s empty chair questions like:

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“Who is paying you, Mr. Lawyer?…Does George Zimmerman have a job?…Your client was not injured enough to go to the hospital that night. You say he sought some sort of medical treatment the next day. Do you have those medical records that you can show us?…and Did you represent him when he was arrested for assault on a police officer in 2005?”

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Understandably, O’Donnell was upset about Sonner walking out on the show moments before it was to begin. He also noted that Sonner has made claims like how he has not even asked Zimmerman what happened that night.

Sonner represents George Zimmerman, 28, in the case involving the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, 17. The case went national, and has caused a lot of controversy. The New Black Panther Party has even gone so far as offering a $10,000 award for Zimmerman. A FBI investigation has been ordered to determine if George Zimmerman’s fatal shot was a hate crime or not. Scrutiny has also been placed on Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” law, as Zimmerman claimed self-defense in the shooting.

Check out Lawrence O’Donnell’s response after Craig Sonner fled the studio:

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