From Zimmerman to DuBose

Written by Mark O'Mara on . Posted in Advocacy

I appeared on MSNBC’s All In with Chris Hayes as an advocate for the DuBose family. Chris, like many others, pointed out the apparent dichotomy between my representation of George Zimmerman and my current representation of Sam DuBose’s family. The truth is that criminal defense attorneys are also civil rights attorneys. For 32 years, I’ve been representing citizens accused in the criminal justice system, and I know firsthand that minorities, and black men especially, are disproportionately represented. Whether the facts supported it or not, the Zimmerman case launched a social movement that has raised the national awareness of racial inequity in our justice system. Chris asks me if I had it to do over again, would I still have taken the Zimmerman case, and I say “absolutely.” I cannot deny that it has given me the opportunity to take other cases like Sam DuBose, Mathew Ajibade, and Sean Grant, and it has given me the opportunity to speak out against an injustice that I’ve been fighting my entire career.

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