The Florida attorney who volunteered to represent George Zimmerman, the self-appointed neighborhood watch captain who shot and killed teenager Trayvon Martin, is being investigated for malpractice by the Florida Bar.
An ethics complaint filed as a result of his handling of the trial, the Florida Bar confirmed Monday. There is no indication who filed the complaint against O’Mara, who volunteered to be Zimmerman’s defense attorney for free and, today, has not been paid a single cent for his representation.
“The Florida bar has one case pending at staff in regard to Atty. Mark O’Mara’s representation of George Zimmerman. All other information is confidential at this time, as is the case with all open investigations,” the bar said in a statement obtained by ABC News.
O’Mara declined to comment on the ethics complaint.
O’Mara, a $400-an-hour criminal defense and divorce attorney, volunteered to represent Zimmerman at no charge just weeks after he was charged with the murder of Trayvon Martin. A defense fund helped pay legal expenses, but O’Mara told “The View” that he has not been paid a single cent.
Ironically, the man most associated with helping to legally exonerate Zimmerman has now taken pains to keep the hothead Zimmerman at arms length. Zimmerman has been arrested twice for domestic disputes involving two different women and has been pulled over a few times since his July acquittal for speeding.
In the wake of the domestic disputes that followed in the months after Zimmerman’s acquittal, O’Mara twice announced that he would not be representing him if any charges were filed.
O’Mara forwards the bold theory that Zimmerman’s domestic troubles may be the result of “trauma” from the murder trial.
“People don’t like when I say George went through trauma as well, because it doesn’t compare to what Trayvon went through, but George went through trauma too,” O’Mara told Newsmax TV in November.