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Guest: Senator Frank Lautenberg

By The Ed Show, The Ed Show - April 10, 2012

Guests: Mike Papantonio, Dan Gelber, John Butchko, Joan Walsh, Richard Wolffe, Daryl Parks, Sen. Frank Lautenberg

ED SCHULTZ, HOST: Good evening, Americans. And welcome to THE ED SHOW tonight, from New York.

A huge new development in the Trayvon Martin case. George Zimmerman`s attorneys, they have quit the case and they say they`ve lost contact with the shooter. Zimmerman isn`t talking to his attorneys, but you won`t believe who he is talking to.

This is THE ED SHOW -- let`s get to work.

(BEGIN VIDEOTAPE)

CRAIG SONNER, DEFENSE ATTORNEY: As of now, we are withdrawing as counsel for Mr. Zimmerman. We`ve lost contact with him.

SCHULTZ (voice-over): George Zimmerman`s attorneys are out. Sean Hannity is in.

HAL UHRIG, DEFENSE ATTORNEY: We learned that he had called Sean Hannity of FOX News directly.

SCHULTZ: We`ll have all the latest on the bizarre turn in the Trayvon Martin case.

BARACK OBAMA, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: How`s everybody doing today?

(APPLAUSE)

SCHULTZ: The president lets loose on the Buffett Rule.

OBAMA: Do we give another $50,000 in tax breaks to every millionaire and billionaire in the country?

AUDIENCE: No!

SCHULTZ: And today, Republicans dusted off W. to provide the response.

GEORGE W. BUSH, FORMER U.S. PRESIDENT: If you raise taxes on the so-called rich, you`re really raising taxes on the job creators.

SCHULTZ: Joan Walsh on the president`s hard-hitting speech in Florida and Richard Wolffe on the return of George W. Bush.

BUSH: What I don`t like to do is being beaten on a mountain bike ride by a one-legged veteran.

SCHULTZ: The bully from Jersey gets caught deceiving the public. Senator Frank Lautenberg says he`s got the goods on the governor, and he`s here tonight.

Rick Santorum is cutting and running, but not before he trashed the party.

RICK SANTORUM (R), PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: Imagine, had Mitt Romney been around at the time that we were drafting our Constitution. He`d have just shaken it and shook it up after it was approved to rewrite it.

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SCHULTZ: Good to have you with us tonight, folks. Thanks for watching.

The word is "bizarre" -- a very bizarre twist in the Trayvon Martin case. The shooter, George Zimmerman, has gone rogue and his lawyers have had enough. Late today, they cut ties with their client.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

SONNER: As of now, we are withdrawing as counsel for Mr. Zimmerman. We`ve lost contact with him. Up to this point, we`ve had contact every day. He has gone on his own. I`m not sure what he`s doing or who he`s talking to. But at this point, we`re withdrawing as counsel.

UHRIG: It`s not so much that we`re resigning. We`re just announcing to you that we can no longer represent him, until such time as he may come forward and ask for that help more formally and in a different context than we`ve had so far.

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SCHULTZ: Not only has Zimmerman stopped responding to his attorneys, they don`t even know where he is. They said he`s still in the United States, but apparently he`s not in Florida anymore.

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UHRIG: So I will not tell you where George Zimmerman is, because I don`t know. But for those who were engaged in the late Easter egg hunt looking for him, they can stop looking in Florida. Look much further away than that.

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