PICKET: Elderly FLA couple lawyer up after Spike Lee address tweet

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It was bound to happen. The elderly Sanford, Florida couple whose address was misidentified by a tweet from a Los Angeles man and later retweeted by filmmaker and actor Spike Lee, has hired the Morgan & Morgan law firm to represent them, reports the Orlando Sentinel.

“At this point, they have retained us to protect their interests” and their safety, attorney Matt Morgan said of Elaine and David McClain, an elderly Sanford couple in their 70s.

The choice of law firms is interesting. According to Orlando Magazine, on October 11: “The Morgans, of the Morgan & Morgan law firm, hosted a re-election campaign fundraiser for the president, with more than 200 invitees contributing from $1,500 to $35,800 apiece. John Morgan said the event raised $900,000 for the Obama campaign.” Famous faces like former and current NBA players Patrick Ewing, Vince Carter, Grant Hill, and Otis Smith were attendees at the fundraiser. 

Before, my initial visit to Alaine and David McClain’s residence Tuesday morning, I suspected the address that Marcus D. Higgins first tweeted out to Mr. Lee and others was not the home of Trayvon Martin shooter George Zimmerman. I noticed through Google Earth that the neighborhood was not a gated community and was several miles from the Retreat at Twin Lakes where the shooting took place. Furthermore, there were no reports that massive crowds were gathering around Mr. Zimmerman’s residence either. 

My suspicions were confirmed after I spoke with a neighbor of the McClain’s, Tim, who told me several news agencies had already passed through the area looking for Mr. Zimmerman and that an Elaine lived at the address not Trayvon Martin’s shooter, George Zimmerman. I was surprised, given the gravity of the potential danger to the occupant living at the Edgewater Circle address, that other news outlets had not reported the case of mistaken identity already.

The Smoking Gun later found out that Elaine, age 70, and David, age 72, McClain are indeed the residents of the tweeted address and were in fear of their lives. As it turns out, the confusion goes back to a property record that shows a William G. Zimmerman, age 41, living at their address. William Zimmerman is the son of Elaine from a previous marriage and has no relation to Trayvon Martin’s shooter, George Zimmerman, age 28.  William lived at that address years ago, but he no longer retains that residence.  

In fact, given the strange mail David and Elaine already recieved (like a pack of Skittles and a note saying, “taste the rainbow”, referencing the fact that Martin had pack of Skittles candy on him when he was fatally shot by George Zimmerman),it is no wonder the couple has been living in a hotel since last Friday as a result of the erroneous tweet/re-tweet. 

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Kerry Picket

Kerry Picket

Kerry Picket, a former Opinion Blogger/Editor of The Watercooler, was associate producer for the Media Research Center, a content producer for Robin Quivers of "The Howard Stern Show" on Sirius satellite radio and a production assistant and copy writer at MTV.

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