Zimmerman lawyer steps back from NBC lawsuit

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  • George Zimmerman is suing NBC, claiming the network made him look racist by playing an edited version of his 911 call
  • Mark O’Mara, a CNN legal analyst and one of Zimmerman’s attorneys, says he’s no longer working on the NBC case
Zimmerman lawyer steps back from NBC lawsuit

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Mark O'Mara, one of the attorneys who successfully defended George Zimmerman against second-degree murder and manslaughter charges in the 2012 shooting death of African-American teen Trayvon Martin, is stepping back from another case related to his notorious client.

A spokesperson for O'Mara, who is a CNN legal analyst, confirmed to HLN Thursday that O'Mara will no longer be the local counsel on record for Zimmerman's libel lawsuit against NBC.

O'Mara similarly told CNN in September that he wouldn't be representing Zimmerman in his impending divorce case or the domestic altercation case against him at the time. Zimmerman's girlfriend had accused him of pointing a shotgun at her, but then later changed her story, saying the incident never happened. Florida State Attorney Phil Archer announced in December that no assault or domestic violence charges would be filed against Zimmerman.

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Zimmerman filed the defamation lawsuit against NBC back in 2012. In the suit, Zimmerman claims the network made him look like he was racially targeting Martin the night the 17-year-old was shot and killed.

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The suit alleges that NBC’s "Today" show aired an edited version of Zimmerman's 911 call, in which it seemed like Zimmerman was volunteering information about Martin’s race to the operator. In the actual call, Zimmerman is responding to a question from the operator about Martin’s race.

Zimmerman, who was a neighborhood watch volunteer in his Florida community at the time of Martin's death, was acquitted of second-degree murder and manslaughter in July 2013.

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