Craig Sonner and Hal Uhrig, the former lawyers for George Zimmerman, said Wednesday morning that their decision to leave their ex-client was based on a lack of contact with him.
Sonner and Uhrig appeared on NBC’s Today and disagreed with anyone considering their actions to leave Zimmerman as a “rash decision” after two days of lost contact.
“Oh, it’s not a rash decision,” Sonner said. “I can’t keep on coming on TV and saying I represent him when he’s made statements apparently to the prosecutor that he wants to handle the case himself and he doesn’t want me to take part in it. I’ve tried to contact him many times, family has tried to contact him. He is not returning calls to me. He is calling other people.”
Sonner added: “He’s not returning emails to me, he’s not returning text messages. The only conclusion I can draw is that he doesn’t want us to represent him anymore. I can’t keep going forward if the evidence shows he doesn’t want to represent him. He’s not going to be in contact with me, then it’s my ethical duty to step down. It doesn’t work the other way around, it’s a one-way street.”
When asked by Today co-host Ann Curry about any message they would deliver to Zimmerman, Uhrig still offered his ex-client an outlet to speak.
“Give us a call, if you’ve got something you’ve like to to talk to us about, we’re here,” Uhrig said. “We’ve been ready for you, waiting for you. But even if you don’t want us to represent you, just call us and tell us that so that we’re clear on it.”
WATCH: Video from NBC, which was broadcast on April 11, 2012.