Zimmerman Trial: African-American Intern Speaks Out

Channa Lloyd, a third-year law student in Orlando, Fla., was a volunteer on George Zimmerman's defense team. 

Posted:
 
zimmerman20intern_71313_575lh
Channa Lloyd, George Zimmerman's defense team's volunteer intern. (CNN screenshot)

CNN interviews Channa Lloyd, the mysterious African-American intern who's been assisting George Zimmerman's attorneys throughout the trial. Her very presence at the defense table has raised questions in the racially charged case and set Twitter abuzz.

But the 34-year-old, third-year law student in Orlando, Fla., tells CNN that before accepting the volunteer position, she asked lead defense attorney Mark O'Mara if Zimmerman was racist.

"He said, 'No, I wouldn't work for him if he was.' " When asked why that was important, she said, "Being African American, even if he was a client in need of representation, I don't know that I would have been able to divorce that. You have to have the proper representation and people who can do that."

Watch the interview here:

Read more at CNN.

Like The Root on Facebook. Follow us on Twitter.  

Comments
The Root encourages respectful debate and dialogue in our commenting community. To improve the commenting experience for all our readers we will be experimenting with some new formats over the next few weeks. During this transition period the comments section will be unavailable to users.

We apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate your continued support of The Root.

While we are experimenting, please feel free to leave feedback below about your past experiences commenting at The Root.
Must-See Family Attractions
July 29 2014 2:13 PM