Fred Guttenberg, father of 14-year-old Parkland school shooting victim Jaime, called on Broward County Public Defender Gordon Weekes to resign on Wednesday.
"I want to see Gordon Weekes resign before the end of the day today," he said at shooter Nikolas Cruz's sentencing hearing.
This comes after Weekes asked the judge to direct the state to encourage its witnesses to not make any statements to or about the defense team and the jury and to stick to their feelings about how Cruz’s sentence affected them.
Weekes had criticized some of Tuesday's testimony for verbally attacking defense lawyers, and claimed that the defendant's lawyers were just doing their jobs as the law provides criminal defendants a right to legal representation.
“It is very important ... that we do not create an atmosphere where dog whistles are being emanated from this courtroom encouraging folks to act on those same type behaviors,” Weekes told the court.
Guttenberg slammed these appeals and Weekes' suggestion that the grieving families were inciting violence while making their statements.
"I understand that you have a job to do, defending the indefensible, defending a mass murderer of 17 people. I understand that was hard. And you were doing your job as you were required to do. But I'm not sure anywhere along the way there was a requirement that you give up your humanity and your decency. That was a choice you made." he said. "[For] months, we've been here. None of you have looked in our direction, made an effort to say 'we're sorry for your loss,' ever."
"You did your job, you got him from not getting the death penalty," he added. "I hope you're all proud of yourselves."