George Zimmerman’s Lawyer Cites ‘Shaken Baby Syndrome’ in Trayvon Martin Shooting

SANFORD, FL - MARCH 31: Trayvon Martin supporters march through the historically African American community of Goldsboro on their way to an NAACP rally in front of the Sanford Police Department on March 31, 2012 in Sanford, Florida. Martin was killed by George Michael Zimmerman while on neighborhood watch patrol in the gated community of The Retreat at Twin Lakes. Rev. Jesse Jackson, Rev. Al Sharpton and NAACP President Benjamin Jealous were amongst the supporters demanding Zimmerman's arrest. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
A rally for Trayvon Martin. Photo: Mario Tama/2012 Getty Images

Hal Uhrig, an ex-Florida police officer and the new criminal-defense attorney for Trayvon Martin shooter George Zimmerman, is starting off with a media campaign to defend his client. Today on CBS, Uhrig explained how Martin was attacking Zimmerman, requiring him to shoot the 17-year-old in self defense. “We’re familiar with the Shaken Baby Syndrome,” said Uhrig. “You shake a baby, the brain shakes around inside the skull. You can die when someone’s pounding your head into the ground.”

As put pretty delicately by Reuters, “Uhrig’s choice of words, and use of a recognized sign of child abuse to defend a 28-year-old man who killed a kid, seemed likely to raise more than just a few eyebrows.” This guy’s not doing Zimmerman any favors so far.

Zimmerman’s Lawyer Cites ‘Shaken Baby Syndrome’