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    Mark O'Mara's/Defense's Media And Social Network Presence

    I thought I'd bring this over from the main thread since MOM is planning on a huge presence on social network and in the media.

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    Remember when everyone hated Mark NeJame and swore up and down about how unethical he was?

    I do. LOL.

    They were wrong then too. O'Mara's peer-reviewed ethical rating is AV.

    http://www.martindale.com/Results.as...rlando%2C%20fl

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    Name: Mark M. O'Mara
    Peer Review Rated
    Client Review Rated
    Documents
    Job Title: Member
    Organization: Mark M. O'Mara, P.A.
    Practice Areas: Criminal Defense; White Collar Crime; Driving While Intoxicated; Family Law; Divorce; Traffic Violations; Misdemeanors; Child Custody; Support
    Office: Orlando, Florida (Orange Co.)
    Peer Review Rating: AV® Preeminent™ 5.0 out of 5
    Client Review Rating: Preeminent 5.0 out of 5

    http://www.martindale.com/Results.as...rlando%2C%20fl
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    Name: Mark E. NeJame
    Peer Review Rated
    Client Review Rated
    Documents
    Job Title: Member
    Organization: Nejame, Lafay, Jancha, Barker, Joshi, & Moreno, P.A.
    Practice Areas: Criminal Law; Personal Injury; Commercial Litigation; Civil Litigation; Immigration Law
    Office: Orlando, Florida (Orange Co.)
    Peer Review Rating: AV® Preeminent™ 5.0 out of 5
    Client Review Rating: Preeminent 5.0 out of 5


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    http://www.thebostonchannel.com/r-vi...22/detail.html

    I haven't seen MOM's legal site referenced here yet. This site is not a FB site. This site will not be the donation site - planned to be kept separately at gzdefensefund.

    http://www.gzlegalcase.com/

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    Why Social Media for George Zimmerman?

    on 28 April 2012.

    We understand that it is unusual for a legal defense to maintain a social media presence on behalf of a defendant, but we also acknowledge that this is a very unusual case. Here are our justifications for our online efforts, and some guidelines we have put in place to help you understand what you can expect. We do understand and acknowledge the criticism that this is an opportunistic move using the event of a tragedy for personal or firm gain. Rest assured, that if the controversy surrounding this matter subsided tomorrow, so would our efforts to address the perceived problems the way we feel is necessary.

    First, we contend that social media in this day and age cannot be ignored. It is now a critical part of presidential politics, it has been part of revolutions in the Middle East, and it is going to be an unavoidable part of high-profile legal cases, just as traditional media has been and continues to be. We feel it would be irresponsible to ignore the robust online conversation, and we feel equally as strong about establishing a professional, responsible, and ethical approach to new media.
    FWIW, At first I thought that MOM's offices had not yet found the GZ presence on WS's site. Now I'm wondering.


    To the mods:
    Does it make sense to start a thread for discussing MOM's posts at gzlegalcase.com ??

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    re Facebook Page Set up by MO'M

    http://www.miamiherald.com/2012/05/0...-salvo-in.html


    O’Mara hired Shawn Vincent of Orlando’s Digital Marketing Revolution to manage a Facebook page as well.

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    Jayne Navarre, a South Florida consultant who devises social media strategies for lawyers, said O’Mara’s use of social media will “almost certainly” taint a jury pool and compromise Zimmerman’s shot at a fair trial. She said O’Mara also may be violating American Bar Association rules that prohibit a lawyer from helping third parties make prohibited extrajudicial comments.

    While use of social media has risen exponentially in the legal field, “what we have not seen is a criminal-defense attorney host social media channels on behalf of their client,” Navarre said. “I would not be surprised to learn that members of the Bar are shocked and even disgusted.”

    Under American Bar Association rules, a lawyer can speak publicly on a case as long as it does not prejudice a potential jury. The association is revamping its rules to address social media, she said.

    Lawyers usually use social media to advertise, educate, network or recruit employees, she said. Some lawyers and judges have been sanctioned for inappropriate use of social media.

    Not sure how I feel about that Facebook page, and if it would taint a jury pool. DO want to ensure the man gets a fair trial.

    Could wind up as an appeal issue? ( if found guilty)

    just speculating.......

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    I think O/Mara is in a very unique situation. THis trial would not be happening the way it is now unfolding if it were not for the massive media campaign rolled out by the Martin family and their high profile civil rights attorney and his PR team.

    So there was already a huge wave of national media AGAINST his client when O'Mara took over. And now there are the 7 yr old MYspaces of GZ hitting the internet.

    So imo, O'Mara wouldn't be doing his job if her didn't try to put some things to try and balance it somewhat that he has control over.

    Baez used the social networks to fashion himself a defense to set Casey free. And he has been going to legal conventions and 'lecturing' about the new wave of social media and it's effect upon jury trials. Looks like O'Mara has his ear to the ground.
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    http://cfnews13.com/content/news/cfn...ebsite_ra.html
    George Zimmerman website crossing the line?
    Legal experts say the website set up for the case against George Zimmerman is in a gray legal area, and close to crossing ethical lines set by the Florida Bar.

    Attorney Joy Ragan from the Ragan Law Firm said there will likely be kickback from legal community in response to the Mark O’Mara operated gzlegalcase.com.

    “There will be some complaints to the bar by somebody,” Ragan said.
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    Quote Originally Posted by imamaze View Post
    http://cfnews13.com/content/news/cfn...ebsite_ra.html
    George Zimmerman website crossing the line?
    Legal experts say the website set up for the case against George Zimmerman is in a gray legal area, and close to crossing ethical lines set by the Florida Bar.

    Attorney Joy Ragan from the Ragan Law Firm said there will likely be kickback from legal community in response to the Mark O’Mara operated gzlegalcase.com.

    “There will be some complaints to the bar by somebody,” Ragan said.
    More...
    See it's stuf like this I don't understand. MOM is clearly about to cross a line. How can one be so ethical yet, be close to crossing "ethical lines set by the Florida Bar"?
    If there's hink....there must be stink.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tehcloser View Post
    See it's stuf like this I don't understand. MOM is clearly about to cross a line. How can one be so ethical yet, be close to crossing "ethical lines set by the Florida Bar"?
    I'm not sure how I feel about it. I mean its something so new imo. So far what he has on the website I don't see anything wrong or crossing any ethical lines. I'm not quite sure what they are going to use it for though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tehcloser View Post
    See it's stuf like this I don't understand. MOM is clearly about to cross a line. How can one be so ethical yet, be close to crossing "ethical lines set by the Florida Bar"?
    He is going to get caught up in this...mark my words.

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    http://cfnews13.com/content/news/cfn...ebsite_ra.html

    However, he also states that one of the “seven” objectives of the website are to prevent miseducation and false facts to the public.

    “Well the problem is you can’t do both, you can’t not talk about the facts of the case and prevent the miseducation of the public on the facts of the case, so I think inherently there is a problem with the website,” said Ragan.

    I am not so sure about this website. Would this fall under the need for a gag order???

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    http://www.gzlegalcase.com/

    Contents of George Zimmerman's Abandoned Myspace Page Scrutinized
    on 02 May 2012

    A Myspace page that belonged to George Zimmerman in 2005 has been brought to light, and some of the contents of his page have been scrutinized in a Miami Herald article entitled “George Zimmerman’s crude Myspace page from 2005 uncovered.” The O’Mara Law Group has confirmed this this page did belong to Mr. Zimmerman, though it was hacked into, and George abandoned it. The identified posts were his.
    We believe that inviting public scrutiny of the contents of this social media account invites scrutiny of the social media accounts of all parties involved
    While these social media accounts may be public, we will not comment on them publicly, as they may be part of the evidence produced at trial.
    my opinion...........and i happen to agree with it.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by tehcloser View Post
    See it's stuf like this I don't understand. MOM is clearly about to cross a line. How can one be so ethical yet, be close to crossing "ethical lines set by the Florida Bar"?
    --also from the article posted..
    http://cfnews13.com/content/news/cfn...ebsite_ra.html

    The issue of raising money for Zimmerman through the website raised red flags for Ragan as well.

    The Bar rules state an attorney cannot make money off a criminal enterprise.

    The website makes it clear money donated will pay for “more” than just attorney fees.

    “So I think it’s a real problem for Mr. O’Mara to also use these funds to pay for the living expense of Mr. Zimmerman,” said Ragan.
    my opinion...........and i happen to agree with it.....


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    We believe that inviting public scrutiny of the contents of this social media account invites scrutiny of the social media accounts of all parties involved

    BBM..



    Battle of The Twitter Tweets coming to a trial near you


    just speculating.......

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    Quote Originally Posted by KateNY View Post
    BBM..



    Battle of The Twitter Tweets coming to a trial near you


    BINGO.

    LOL.

    "Hmmmmm... Why didn't MOM clean up those old websites of GZ's sooner?"

    Oops, there goes that fox again.
    I know where you post.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Emma Peel View Post
    BINGO.

    LOL.

    "Hmmmmm... Why didn't MOM clean up those old websites of GZ's sooner?"

    Oops, there goes that fox again.
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    We believe that inviting public scrutiny of the contents of this social media account invites scrutiny of the social media accounts of all parties involved


    hmmmm???? bbm

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    Quote Originally Posted by belle3 View Post
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    We believe that inviting public scrutiny of the contents of this social media account invites scrutiny of the social media accounts of all parties involved


    hmmmm???? bbm
    --so, what omara would think is fair, is for people to "scrutinize" the social media accounts of the victim also...

    --complete w/ verifiable *links*, quotes ( while a staffer prints them off and compiles them all neatly in a folder labelled defense #X...)
    my opinion...........and i happen to agree with it.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by belle3 View Post
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    We believe that inviting public scrutiny of the contents of this social media account invites scrutiny of the social media accounts of all parties involved


    hmmmm???? bbm
    ....And therefore justifies the presence of this site as well as encourages the scrutiny of the victim and witnesses. What's good for the goose, etc... Crazy like a fox, as Emma Peel has pointed out.

    I wouldn't be surprised if he doesn't have an Amy Singer clone, or even AS consulting in order to manipulate public opinion.

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