George Zimmerman's Legal Team Shuts Down its Facebook Page

Mark O'Mara announced today on GZLegalCase he is shuttering the Facebook page the legal team created in April. In part, it's served its purpose. In other respects, the discussion in comments on the FB page have been a hindrance.

One of our published goals is Discouraging Speculation, and Facebook, by its nature, does not help us with this goal. Every post made on Facebook becomes an open thread where anyone on the site can comment, and comments inevitably lead to conversations about evidence and speculation about guilt or innocence. This type of conversation is a natural part of discourse, and there are plenty of places on the Internet where it is appropriate for this to happen, but it need not happen on a page hosted by the defense.


This illustrates our biggest challenge with the page on Facebook: we cannot post without allowing comments. With comments active, each thread becomes a discussion forum. While we are not responsible for the comments people leave on our page, because we have the ability to delete comments, what we choose not to delete reflects on the defense team. Since we can ban users from posting on the page, who we choose not to ban reflects on the defense team. Admittedly, it does not always reflect well, and that is a concern for the defense. Because our page on Facebook has already accomplished many of our goals, allowing this concern to exist is not prudent.

O'Mara says these are the reasons people on Facebook have told them the legal team they are supporting George Zimmerman:

Periodically we have asked the supporters on the page on Facebook why they support George Zimmerman. They tell us George has their support because they believe he was the victim of a coordinated public relations attack. Many believe George was treated unfairly by the news media. Many also believe George acted properly in self-defense. They empathize with George because of the position he finds himself in, and they fear it could happen to them.

In other case news, the state's response to Zimmerman's Petition for Writ of Prohibition seeking recusal of Judge Lester is due tomorrow. It will be posted on the court's website here. The docket is here. Friday there will be a hearing before Judge Lester on a defense motion objecting to the state's subpoena to Altamonte Family Practice for his medical records.

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    Why (none / 0) (#1)
    by Ga6thDem on Wed Aug 22, 2012 at 07:21:56 PM EST
    is anyone surprised that the comments are a hindrance? I mean anybody who's watched what people say on other facebook pages even to their friends should not be surprised. Heck, facebook is a hot bed of misinformation. The problem is not that people put stuff up but that people actually believe a lot of it.

    If you don't allow anyone to friend your FB (none / 0) (#2)
    by sarcastic unnamed one on Wed Aug 22, 2012 at 07:27:27 PM EST
    account, will that enable you to have a FB page on which no one will have the ability to comment?