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My guest today is Mark O’Mara, a former prosecutor best known for defending George Zimmerman, who was found not guilty of second-degree murder in the 2012 shooting death of Trayvon Martin.
Growing up on Long Island, Mark was greatly influenced by his parents’ Irish Catholic roots and his father’s rigorous work ethic. After a friend talked him out of going to community college part-time, he ended up at the University of Central Florida, where student government pushed him toward his lifelong passion of law.
Mark’s early career in prosecution came to an end when he was fired for preventing a mentally disabled 16-year-old from being sent to prison for life. The incident ended up sending Mark down a path of defense work that would bring him great success – and significant controversy.
In this interview we’ll discuss Mark’s journey from Marlboro-smoking paperboy to world-class defense attorney, including his delightfully unusual proposal to his wife, why he’ll often say that a guilty client is “a really good guy”, and the complex turmoil surrounding the George Zimmerman trial.