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Mark O'Mara: George Zimmerman verdict the same without Stand Your Ground

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  • Orlando, FL -- Mark O'Mara says even if Florida didn't have a Stand Your Ground Law on the books, George Zimmerman would still have been found not guilty in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin.

    "This is not a Stand Your Ground case, never was, it was traditional self defense," O'Mara said Thursday in his first one-on-one interview with a Tampa television station since Saturday's verdict.

    "We never mentioned the words 'Stand Your Ground' in our defense presentation or in our arguments," O'Mara told 10 News Reporter Preston Rudie.

    "In any one of our states, this verdict would have been the same."

    Since an all-female jury found Zimmerman not guilty on Saturday night, calls for the state to repeal its Stand Your Ground Law have been growing, with U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder even joining those who say it needs to be stricken.

    During an interview covering a wide range of subjects, O'Mara also admitted he was a bit uneasy about the jury makeup once the selection process was complete.

    "I was concerned with the demographics. I wish there was more even diversity, I wish there was a black or two on the jury. I wish there was some men on the jury, just so it was a better community representation."

    However O'Mara didn't think the outcome of the trial would have been any different if an African American had been on the jury.

    "It shouldn't be different, absolutely not. Because the facts, it was a non-racial event and black jurors would not, should not and do not vote because of their race either."

    The jury that decided the case was made up of six women, five of whom were white, while the other was believed to be Hispanic.

    O'Mara admitted he's gotten death threats in the days following the trial and says he's not sure what Zimmerman will do next. But when asked if he felt Zimmerman would be forced to move to another country he responded by saying, "I would really hope that an American citizen doesn't have to leave America because he was acquitted properly in a jury trial. That would really suggest that this system has, in fact, broken."

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