“One of the points people have said, the force [used against Martin] was too much, even if he broke his nose and slammed his head into the ground,” attorney Hal Uhrig said during an appearance on “CBS This Morning.”
“Many people remember the case of Liam Neeson’s wife — fell on a little ski slope, hit her head one time on the ground, and died. We’re familiar with the shaken baby syndrome: You shake a baby the brain shakes around inside the skull, you can die.”
Though the 17-year old wasn’t armed, Uhrig argued, he was still a threat to Zimmerman.
“The short version of that is that he didn’t commit any crime. He was where he was allowed to be, not committing a crime, confronted by someone else who started the violent confrontation physically. He was attacked, broke his nose, hit his head into the ground and he defended himself. That’s not against the law,” he said.
Shaken Baby Syndrome is a condition that occurs after a baby is shaken, which causes the developing brain to rock back and forth against the skull and can cause swelling, pressure and bleeding in the brain.
It often results in severe brain damage and often death.
Martin’s family has argued that Zimmerman attacked him and unnecessarily followed the teen even though the 911 dispatcher told him not to.
Uhrig reiterated Zimmerman’s defense that he felt threatened and is protected under the controversial ‘Stand Your Ground’ law in Florida.
“He didn’t commit any crime,” Unrig said on CBS. “He was attacked, broke his nose, hit his head into the ground and he defended himself. That’s not against the law.”
Zimmerman, who has been in hiding since shortly after the February incident, has not been charged.