Is Zimmerman the new Casey Anthony?

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  • George Zimmerman's attorney says Zimmerman's trial similar to Casey Anthony's trial
  • Zimmerman is charged with second-degree murder for shooting Trayvon Martin

George Zimmerman’s attorney Mark O’Mara told the Orlando Sentinel that his client’s situation is similar to the Casey Anthony case.

"It's the second Casey Anthony case. It is getting an enormous amount of coverage everywhere. Literally, I get calls from [the] BBC and other foreign stations and all the national media here and all the local,” said O’Mara. "In Central Florida, we seemed to have gotten them back to back. The frenzy that was Casey Anthony, the national media that sort of descended upon Florida, realized that Florida has very open discovery, we have open records and we have cameras in the courtroom. That perfect storm of media frenzy that can be built around a criminal case, they learned those lessons with Casey Anthony.”

In the same article, O’Mara says that race did not motivate Zimmerman’s actions and Trayvon Martin’s family attorney Ben Crump is wrong to categorize it that way.

"In terms of the George Zimmerman case, I think a lot of people ran with the idea this was a racially motivated case, when there was no support to it. Rev. [Al] Sharpton came down, Rev. [Jesse] Jackson came down. Ben Crump. They got involved and seemingly took an event, and I think what they did, from talking to Ben Crump, was they perceived that a social injustice was happening,” said O’Mara.

Watch the video to see In Session’s Jean Casarez discuss O’Mara’s comments.

Zimmerman has pleaded not guilty to a second-degree murder charge for shooting 17-year-old Trayvon Martin on February 26. Martin was returning from a convenience store and was unarmed. Zimmerman told police he shot the teen in self-defense.

George Zimmerman may be able to avoid criminal and civil liability for his role in Trayvon Martin’s death if he wins a pre-trial hearing on Florida's “Stand Your Ground” law.

READ MORE: Could Zimmerman avoid liability in Trayvon’s death?

O’Mara told the Orlando Sentinel that Zimmerman’s “Stand Your Ground” hearing could be as early as January. However, In Session’s Jean Casarez spoke to Shawn Vincent, a member of O’Mara’s team, who said that the hearing likely won’t take place before March 2013.

“It is nearly as much work as a trial,” said Vincent.

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