Monday, April 16, 2012

Miami Herald, other media outlets sue to unseal George Zimmerman court documents

George Zimmerman, right, stands with a Seminole
County Deputy during a court hearing Thursday
April 12, 2012, in Sanford, Fla. Zimmerman has
been charged with second-degree murder in the
shooting death of the 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.
(AP Photo/Gary W. Green, Orlando Sentinel, Pool)
Gary W. Green / AP

Zimmerman’s lawyer also is asking the judge on the case to disqualify herself after she revealed her husband works with a lawyer who is providing on-air analysis on the case for CNN.

The Miami Herald and other media outlets are asking a judge to unseal court documents in the case of George Zimmerman, charged with the second-degree murder of Trayvon Martin in Sanford.

In a motion filed Monday, the press asked that a Seminole County circuit judge reconsider a decision made last week to seal the court file, which in Florida is normally a public record.

The request came the same day Zimmerman’s lawyer filed a motion asking Circuit Court Judge Jessica Recksiedler to recuse herself from the case. The judge last week revealed a potential conflict of interest: Her husband works with an Orlando-area lawyer, Mark NeJame, who was originally approached to represent Zimmerman on the case. NeJame, who is providing on-air legal analysis for CNN on the case, declined and referred the case the Zimmerman family to defense attorney Mark O’Mara.  READ MORE


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