George Zimmerman hires high-profile South Florida defense lawyer Jayne Weintraub

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George Zimmerman in his first court appearance after he was arrested, accused of threatening with his live-in girlfriend with a shotgun.



SANFORD, FL (CBS12) -- George Zimmerman has hired a new lawyer to handle the domestic violence case against him.

The public defender who was representing Zimmerman tells local media that he has hired attorney and frequent cable news contributor Jayne Weintraub.

As Bob Kealing tells us, some legal analysts are questioning Zimmerman's new hire.

"It really boggles the mind."

WESH 2 legal analyst Richard Hornsby says it appears George Zimmerman has chosen south Florida defense attorney Jayne Weintraub because of her high profile on cable television. 

And not on whether she's the best person to defend him on charges which carry the potential of minimum mandatory prison time.

"I have a feeling George Zimmerman is approaching this from the standpoint that he is a celebrity and he needs some type of a lawyer that has the same cachet, if you will, that he has," Hornsby said. "He had sort of a distinct advantage when he's talking about the criminal case. He had the right lawyers."

WESH 2 analyst Jeff Deen says the team of public defenders who helped Zimmerman get bond last week, headed up by deputy public defender Jeff Dowdy, had the right combination of experience and local contacts with the judge and prosecutors assigned to the case, to best defend Zimmerman.

"You always want someone local if you can have that," Deen said. "You want to be able to use relationships to represent your clients.

"It really appears that George Zimmerman's making another poor decision in that he's not picking his attorney based upon the factors that are most important in this case."

Zimmerman is accused of pointing a shotgun at his girlfriend.
He has pleaded not guilty.

His arrest comes just months after he was acquitted in the shooting death of unarmed teen Trayvon Martin.

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