The following essay by a professor at the Cardozo School of Law seems to suggest something like this.
I am reminded of Thomas Wolfe's novel "The Bonfire of the Vanities," in which a wealthy investment banker is involved in a hit-and-run killing of a promising kid from the Bronx. Wolfe is masterful in demonstrating how the prosecutors, the mayor's office, the news media and a host of third parties interjected themselves into the case in order to pursue their own agendas.
There was also a film:
The Zimmerman trial begins to look like an example of life imitating art.
Just look at some of the groups that are using the case to further their own agendas: