A highly insensitive and offensive photo of Don West – defense attorney for George Zimmerman – went viral last week, prompting an apology from the Zimmerman defense team.
It shows West and his daughters eating ice cream after the opening day of the trial. The caption reads:
“We beat stupidity celebration cones #zimmerman #defense #dadkilledit“
Though the picture is in poor taste, according to NewsOne’s resident legal analyst, Eric Guster, he will face no professional consequences for what was, essentially, a moment with his children:
“It is not contempt because the daughter is the person who posted the photo,” said Guster. “If Attorney West posted the picture, it may be considered contempt due to the lack of respect he has shown the court and the proceedings. Courts have very strict rules for decorum in dealing with cases. If a lawyer says or writes something that the judge feels is improper, that judge may hold a contempt hearing. If found guilty of contempt, the lawyer can be required to serve days in jail, pay a fine, or both.”
This means that West is free to continue enjoying ice-cream with his children, while trying to make it appear as if Tracey Martin and Sybrina Fulton’s child deserved to be brutally killed in the wet grass on a rainy night in Sanford, Florida.
What a class act.
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