George Zimmerman's former attorneys say their client has gone rogue, which may be true, but they're the ones whose professional conduct is baffling legal experts. On Tuesday, Florida attorneys Hal Uhrig and Craig Sonner took the unusual step of holding a press conference to announce they were no longer representing the man who shot and killed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. "He's gone on his own," said Sonner. "I cannot go forward speaking to the public about George Zimmerman and this case as representing him because I've lost contact with him." During the presser, they said Zimmerman was unstable, possibly suffering from post-traumatic stress and they revealed they had never actually met him. Here's why legal experts say Uhrig and Sonner's display yesterday was perhaps even more surprising than Zimmerman's defiant behavior:
Holding the press conference in the first place Every day lawyers drop their clients for some reason or another but it's almost always done with a quiet no frills resignation in deference to the client. Speaking with the AP's Kyle Hightower, Kendall Coffey, a former U.S. Attorney in Miami, said Uhrig and Sonner's decision to hold a news conference was baffling. "The lawyers have every right to withdraw, but it's highly unusual," he said. "In the court of public opinion, the press conference was not helpful for George Zimmerman."