Defense attorneys for George Zimmerman, the suspect charged in the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, have started a blog and Facebook and Twitter accounts to reach out to the public.
"This is a brilliant move on his part," Amy Singer, a Gainesville-based trial consultant told the Orlando Sentinel. By engaging the public online, "you get a lot of comments, a lot of perspectives, a lot of discussion."
Singer said that all the comments can give the defense team insight into how their client is viewed by the public. Lawyer Mark O'Mara started the blog, GZLegalCase.com, which stated:
Using social media in a high-profile lawsuit is new, and relatively unprecedented, but that is only because social media itself is relatively new. We repeat our contention that social media in this day and age cannot be ignored, and it would be, in fact, irresponsible to ignore the robust online conversation.