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July 15th, 2013
06:55 PM ET

Casey Anthony lawyer's advice for Zimmerman

George Zimmerman is technically a free man, but life after a highly public murder trial will be difficult.

"George is going to have to decide how to live the rest of his life. And fortunately for George he has a certain demographic that believes in his innocence and has supported him," said lawyer Jose Baez.

Baez represented Casey Anthony, who was acquitted in the murder of her young daughter in 2011.

Much of Zimmerman's defense was funded by private donations.

"Certain demographic supports him, others don't. He's going to have to ...find out what he can do financially first, and utilize that demographic which helps him," said Baez, saying that whatever Zimmerman wants to do now, he is "going to have to have a little bank to do it."

Zimmerman's defense team was criticized by some for “spiking the football” on Saturday night when the jury handed down its not guilty verdict.

They did not talk about the loss of Trayvon Martin.

After the Casey Anthony trial, Baez spoke at length about how there were no winners in the case, because a young child had died.

"They may have felt that's the way they wanted to be portrayed. When you give that press conference, it's very spontaneous, and it's how you're feeling, and what you're going through at that point in time," said Baez of Zimmerman's defense team.

"What people forget is that these are tragedies from the very beginning. And what a lot of people do, they see this on TV, they think it's entertainment, and many people take it up like a sport, and they root for one side, and they get happy when there's a victory for that side, as if it were a sporting event," said Baez.

"Everyone has to remember this is a tragedy. Trayvon Martin will never graduate from high school, his folks won't see him walk in graduation," said Baez.

"His life was ended far, far too soon, and people need to remember that. And I'm sure the defense lawyers know that, and I'm sure they're cognizant of that," said Baez. "At the same time, their role in the process was to defend Mr. Zimmerman. Sometimes you get caught up in that process."

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