Ben Crump might be the Trayvon Martin family attorney but he could also be called the million-dollar man, as that is about what he gets each of his clients when he sues someone in civil court on their behalf. At least that's what he got Sybrina Fulton and the rest of Trayvon's family when he sued George Zimmerman's homeowner's association, according to First Coast News.
The Martin family attorney was able to get a settlement of $5 million for the family of Martin Lee Anderson, another black youth who had a reputation for juvenile problem behavior. Anderson, aged 14, died in a Florida juvenile boot camp after a guard hit him, according to Crump. However, just as in the George Zimmerman murder trial, eight boot camp workers were acquitted of manslaughter in that death when the criminal case went to trial.
Thus the Trayvon Martin family attorney appears to have a successful record of suing people in civil court for millions of dollars for his clients, but when it comes to proving guilt in a court of law in a criminal case he just hasn't been able to do it. The burden of evidence is much stricter in criminal court cases, of course, which require proof beyond a reasonable doubt. Civil cases don't have that same requirement, which is why the family of Nicole Brown Simpson feels they received justice in their civil case against O.J. Simpson even though a jury of his peers acquitted him of her murder.
Crump feels that he's following in O.J. Simpson's lawyers' shoes figuratively when it comes to trying to stand up for black and brown brothers and sisters against civil right violations. But given that he only takes cases where he will see some sort of payoff that rewards him financially, that may not be an entirely accurate portrayal. According to First Coast News, Crump said that "for every 50 calls he gets, at least one is worth taking." Wouldn't it be more likely that the majority are worth taking, but the attorney isn't willing to take it unless it gets him fame or fortune?
George Zimmerman's attorney Mark O'Mara feels that Ben Crump isn't the idealist he portrays himself to be, or else he wouldn't be so quick to violate attorney ethics. "A lot of what he said was happening [in the Trayvon Martin case] was all personal opinion or misrepresentation of the facts," O'Mara said, which was frustrating for him, since he felt bound by ethical restraints when it come to dealing with those misrepresentations.
Ben Crump has moved on to other cases now that his work on behalf of Travyon's family is over, at least with regard to the criminal case. But he still likely enjoyed hearing that George Zimmerman was almost arrested for domestic violence after his dispute with wife Shellie recently, since that hints that the neighborhood watchman appears to have a temper even now. But he is also likely very upset that someone actually thought a Blackface Trayvon Martin Halloween costume was appropriate enough to post on Facebook after such a controversial court verdict.
Benjamin L. Crump pictured in his attorney profile at his Parks and Crump firm website. Photo credit: Parkscrump.com