UPDATE 5:00pm EST
George Zimmerman's legal defense team has released a statement regarding Robert Zimmerman's comments toward Trayvon Martin family attorney Natalie Jackson as he went on a Twitter rant lastnight.
Regarding Robert Zimmerman Jr.'s media campaign and Twitter comments, Robert is acting on behalf of his family, and he is not acting with the approval or the input of the defense team.
We're naturally concerned about anyone associated with the case speaking publicly, because there is always a risk that their comments could complicate our defense efforts. The Zimmerman family has been through a lot, and they have been frequently misrepresented in the media, so we do not begrudge Robert for wanting to speak out and set the record straight.
George Zimmerman’s brother, Robert Jr., went on a Twitter rant last night, criticizing Trayvon Martin family attorney Natalie Jackson on issues surrounding his sibling's ongoing second-degree murder case.
Robert Zimmerman Jr. has been appearing on several TV and radio shows complaining about a "vast mis-information campaign," as well as highlighting an "official letter of condolence" to Trayvon Martin's family.
As reported by Reuters:
After Robert Zimmerman Jr. appeared Monday on CNN's Piers Morgan Tonight, an Orlando civil rights lawyer Natalie Jackson suggested the family was using the media for fundraising.
Jackson's comment prompted a twitter tirade by Robert Zimmerman Jr. who wrote to Jackson: "My Life's work = you WILL be held accountable for your words/actions. You A'INT seen NOTHIN' yet ... I will see U disbarred."
"We're naturally concerned about anyone associated with the case speaking publicly, because there is always a risk that their comments could complicate our defense efforts," Zimmerman's lawyer Mark O'Mara told Reuters in an emailed statement.
Benjamin Crump, an attorney for the Martin family, said the tweets by Robert Zimmerman Jr. could play into the hands of prosecutors if he is called as a witness.
Robert Zimmerman Jr. is one of several friends and family members who say George Zimmerman told them what happened the night of Feb. 26 when he killed Martin. Prosecutors could use that in court as they claim Zimmerman has not been consistent with his version of events.
"When they go to testify your character and your credibility is at issue so I think these (Twitter) comments could have an effect," Crump said.
George Zimmerman’s family isn’t helping his case.