Zimmerman Attorney Wants Judge Off Case And Records Kept Sealed
George Zimmerman's attorney is asking that the judge in the case be removed over a possible conflict of interest. Yahoo News reports:
Mark O'Mara, Zimmerman's attorney, requested that Seminole Circuit Judge Jessica Recksiedler be removed after she revealed that her husband works with Mark NeJame, a CNN legal analyst. Last week, after O'Mara agreed to take Zimmerman as a client, NeJame revealed that he had been approached by Zimmerman—the 28-year-old neighborhood watchman accused of second-degree murder in the killing of Trayvon Martin—about representing him.
Zimmerman was turned away by NeJame, but not before NeJame recommended other defense attorneys, including O'Mara.
Zimmerman stands accused of 2nd degree murder for killing teenager Trayvon Martin in Sanford in late February. It happened after neighborhood watch captain Zimmerman flouted the advice of a 911 operator and followed Martin and the two had some sort of confrontation.
Several news organizations are asking that an order to seal the records in the case be overturned. They include: CNN, The Miami Herald and USA Today.
But O'Mara told CNN the records should remain sealed, not only to prevent further muddying of the waters from ongoing information leaks, but to protect the identity of the witnesses.
Meanwhile, the family of Travyon Martin is planning a town hall meeting at Tampa's Beulah Baptist Instiutional Church this Thursday with the National Bar Association.