The New Legal Analyst on CNN

Written by Mark O'Mara on . Posted in Opinion

This morning I appeared on CNN’s New Day program to offer some insights to a potential “stand your ground” case here in Florida. Many noticed that host Chris Cuomo introduced me as CNN’s newest legal analyst, and it’s true: as of today, I’ll be appearing regularly on CNN to offer my insight on a number of high-profile legal matters.

I know first hand what it is like to be the focus of media scrutiny. It is no secret that I’ve been critical of the press, but complaining doesn’t solve anything, and it occurred to me that if I’m not part of the solution, I’m part of the problem. I’m hoping that serving as a legal analyst for CNN will allow me to contribute some thoughtful, moderated insight to what could otherwise be sensational or inflammatory issues.

There is no doubt that the Zimmerman case sparked a conversation about a number of important issues: race, guns, self-defense laws, the media, and the state of the criminal justice system. I feel I’ve been given a chance to speak out about these issues, and I’m going to seize that opportunity. I once heard an analyst (on CNN, in fact) say that no matter what the verdict in the Zimmerman trial, it would be bad for America. I refuse to believe that. I know these can be divisive issues, but they need to be addressed. If we have the courage to talk about these issues honestly, thoughtfully, and with an open mind, then there is a chance the conversation about these hot-button issues can draw us closer together rather than push us further apart.