Attorney Daryl Parks, who represents the family of Trayvon Martin, said he wouldn't rule out a civil lawsuit for wrongful death.
Parks is also saying that he felt that the jury instruction in regards to Florida's Stand Your Ground law played a huge part in the not guilty verdict for George Zimmerman.
Tom Dees: Attorney Daryl Parks with Parks and Crump law firm representing Trayvon Martin's family. Attorney Parks, I guess the first question obviously, what from here legally for Trayvon's family?
Attorney Daryl Parks: Well you have two possible scenarios, the first you kind of see playing out right now in the news with the possible federal intervention. Under the federal laws, obviously they will make their decision about what the Department of Justice says in the situation. Secondly we certainly have the option of a civil suit, which we have not made a decision on. Yet and there are certain things that would bear on when and how that is done.
Tom Dees: Now, looking at what happened in court and looking at the case is there anything that you would have like to have seen done differently in court?
Attorney Daryl Parks: Well you know Tom I don't Monday morning quarterback other lawyers right. I think it's kind of classless when you do that because you are not in that seat, what you would do or not do based on what is in front of you is a whole different scenario. In this capacity I have a client involved. If I was acting as an analyst, I would do it, but we don't do that in this situation, because I was privy to a lot more than what most people knew. So, I think these guys they did what they had to do. I commend the prosecutor for taking this case, I commend them for directly filing this case, and not taking it to the grand jury. I commend them for gathering as much information as they could to present it to the jury as well. There are some issues out there, many people have a lot to say, but this lawyer will not be saying those things.
Tom Dees: In looking at Florida's Stand Your Ground law, do you think that there is an action that is going to be taken to repeal it or do you see any action in that regard?
Attorney Daryl Parks: Well here is the problem. Like most southern states, we have a political dichotomy that is a little bit not open to that. However, there may be some room for possible compromise on the jury instructions involving self defense because what happened when the Stand Your Ground law was implemented it changed the jury instruction on self defense based on what the person, what they believe versus what a reasonable person would have done in that situation. So, somewhat tweaking that jury instruction would probably go a long way and would probably have a big bearing on how this case came out.
Parks says there is the possibility of a civil lawsuit against Zimmerman. He feels that the jury instruction played a huge role in the outcome of the case, but he refuses to second guess the prosecuting attorneys.