Mark O’Mara Addresses Florida Bar Complaint
Attorney Mark O’Mara has posted a response to the report that a complaint is under investigation by the Florida Bar regarding his handling of the George Zimmerman case.
In his statement, it appears that the complaint alleges ethic violations for O’Mara’s use of social media and raising funds for a client.
O’Mara’s statement also alleges that this was an “inquiry” opened by the Florida Bar due to his requests on Bar rules regarding an online presence and raising money for a client.
In response to my request for information regarding the proper way to manage a defense fund and an online presence, The Florida Bar opened an inquiry, which included very specific questions regarding our policies for each and how we were conducting ourselves. We responded promptly and to The Florida Bar’s satisfaction, and the entire matter was deferred until after the trial.
The media does not always get it right, but what they have reported is that a complaint was filed by an unknown party or parties. Had the Florida Bar been the initiator of an “inquiry,” that should have been easily communicated without being misunderstood by the media.
The social media presence that Mark O’Mara established for the George Zimmerman case went beyond providing information for the media. Debates and arguments took place on those sources. O’Mara did, at one time, terminate a Facebook Page that he setup for the George Zimmerman case, but the damage was already done. That page fueled the flames of controversies without moderation. That in fact, at pre-trial hearings on gag orders, Assistant State Attorney Bernie de la Rionda mentioned several times about comments that were posted on O’Mara’s website and O’Mara’s association with a blog that is known for holding White Supremacist ideologies.
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