George Zimmerman’s lawyer “beat stupidity,” celebrates with selfie

Don West is having a rough week, but you wouldn't know it from scoping Instagram. 

 

Fidel Martinez

Internet Culture

Published Jun 28, 2013   Updated Jun 1, 2021, 12:26 pm CDT

Don West—the defense attorney for George Zimmerman, a man who’s currently facing trial for the February 2012 murder of teenager Trayvon Martin—is having a really bad week. On Monday, West opened his defense of Zimmerman by telling the jury a “knock knock” joke that fell flat. Yesterday, he was accused of badgering witness Rachel Jeantel.

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But you wouldn’t know it from Instagram.

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Earlier this afternoon, Molly West, his daughter, posted a selfie he took with her and her sister, Rachel, inside of their car, eating ice cream cones from Chick-fil-A


“We beat stupidity celebration cones #zimmerman #defense #dadkilledit,” the photo’s caption read.

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The image—along with West’s Instagram and Twitter accounts—have been deleted, but not before it spread on the social media platforms and on BuzzFeed.

True? Pic of #zimmermantrial atty Don West on daughter’s Instagram celebrating ‘we beat stupidity’ w Chick-fil-A pic.twitter.com/DANH5F5EiO

— Evan Benn (@EvanBenn) June 28, 2013

According to ABC Florida affiliate WPLG, who’s running a Twitter feed focusing solely on the trial, the picture was confirmed by a spokesman for the defense attorney.

Rachel and Molly West left the courtroom. Their dad is not aware that the pic was on Instagram, spokesman said. https://t.co/vZXOTOzqYJ

— Local 10 Zimmerman (@WPLGZimmerman) June 28, 2013

Unsurprisingly, the incident has stirred controversy. According to social analytics tool Topsy, the term “Molly West” has been mentioned 1,702 times on Twitter in the last hour.

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Photo via Evan Benn/Twitter

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*First Published: Jun 28, 2013, 5:59 pm CDT