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George Zimmerman hearing: Trayvon's parents to fight release of teen's school records
The Chicago Tribune ^ | October 19, 2012 | By Rene Stutzman and Jeff Weiner, Orlando Sentinel

Posted on 10/19/2012 7:58:55 AM PDT by Uncle Chip

SANFORD – George Zimmerman will return to court this afternoon for a hearing about what to do with Trayvon Martin's school records — just as parents of the slain teen ramp up their efforts to keep those documents private.

Circuit Judge Debra S. Nelson must decide whether to order Miami-Dade school officials to turn them over to Zimmerman's attorneys.

They want to find out about Trayvon's history of suspensions, his grades, attendance record and other things.

Assistant State Attorney Bernie de la Rionda says they're not relevant and has accused defense attorneys of going on a fishing expedition.

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In a move surprising only in its timing, prosecutors Thursday asked the judge to issue a gag order, barring attorneys from talking about the case. It was clearly aimed at defense attorney Mark O'Mara.

Prosecutor Bernie de la Rionda wrote that O'Mara has been on national television and used a website, Facebook and Twitter to issue statements about the case. That, he wrote, threatens to taint the jury pool.

>snip<

The judge will also hear arguments from an attorney for more than a dozen news organizations – including The New York Times, CBS News, CNN and the Orlando Sentinel - who are fighting an attempt by prosecutors to seal defense subpoenas and the evidence they produce.

De la Rionda wants the judge to see all of those things first and decide, item by item, whether they should be made public. That could involve secret hearings.

Media attorney Scott Ponce says that does not comply with Florida's history of open courts nor with how previous appeals courts have ruled on requests to seal information.

The hearing is scheduled to start at 1:30 p.m.

(Excerpt) Read more at chicagotribune.com ...


TOPICS: History
KEYWORDS: trayvonmartin; zimmerman
And in other related news:

New Black Panther Party chief of staff Michelle Williams arrested

Tampa, Florida -- The chief of staff of the controversial New Black Panthers political party ... was arrested Tuesday night on a charge of Second Degree Grand Theft. She was later released on $7,500 bond.

........

Williams, a community activist who is the chief of staff for the New Black Panther Party, came under fire earlier this year when she called for a "dead or alive" bounty on George Zimmerman.

http://www.wtsp.com/rss/article/278677/8/New-Black-Panther-Party-chief-of-staff-arrested

1 posted on 10/19/2012 7:58:59 AM PDT by Uncle Chip
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To: Uncle Chip

Article here:

New Black Panther Party chief of staff Michelle Williams arrested

http://www.wtsp.com/rss/article/278677/8/New-Black-Panther-Party-chief-of-staff-arrested


2 posted on 10/19/2012 8:01:13 AM PDT by Uncle Chip
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To: Uncle Chip

BARBARA SREISAND! We need to know *everything* about both individuals,good *and* bad.


3 posted on 10/19/2012 8:01:45 AM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Ambassador Stevens Is Dead And The Chevy Volt Is Alive)
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To: Uncle Chip

Foolish parents! Why are they being so modest? Don’t they know showing that Trayvon was an honor student will help their case?


4 posted on 10/19/2012 8:04:23 AM PDT by MNDude (OWS Movement RIP)
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To: Gay State Conservative

Yep, we’re supposed to be liberal on this, seal the records, so that we don’t have evidence that Trayvon was a gang banger in training. That’s what’s going on here.


5 posted on 10/19/2012 8:04:28 AM PDT by Dilbert San Diego
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To: Uncle Chip

the school records will be released


6 posted on 10/19/2012 8:07:19 AM PDT by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: Uncle Chip

7 posted on 10/19/2012 8:07:46 AM PDT by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: Uncle Chip

Wasn’t Trayvon (the Einstein) being graded on the curve in Fl?

http://dailycaller.com/2012/10/11/florida-sets-education-standards-based-on-race-ethnicity/


8 posted on 10/19/2012 8:09:02 AM PDT by tflabo (Truth or Tyranny)
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To: Uncle Chip

Zimmerman’s academic records have already been released due to an “oversight” by the Prosecutor’s orifice.


9 posted on 10/19/2012 8:11:09 AM PDT by Arm_Bears (Re-distribute my work ethic, not my wealth.)
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To: Dilbert San Diego
A sane prosecution office would simply announce:

"We cannot go to the expense of a trial if Travon's school records are not released because any conviction resulting from a trial would likely later be overturned due to said refusal to provide potentially exculpatory evidence.

Therefore, this office has no choice but to drop all charges unless said records are released by noon, Monday, October 22."

10 posted on 10/19/2012 8:11:58 AM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: Uncle Chip

What about Trayvon’s birth certificate?


11 posted on 10/19/2012 8:13:32 AM PDT by Former Fetus (Saved by grace through faith)
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To: Vigilanteman

Well if the POTUS doesn’t have to release his school records and transcripts then why should the lowly, poor deceased Trayvon have to as well?


12 posted on 10/19/2012 8:14:57 AM PDT by tflabo (Truth or Tyranny)
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To: Uncle Chip
Here's something everyone should remember: A court trial is not a search for truth.
13 posted on 10/19/2012 8:15:26 AM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: Uncle Chip
OK, note to self, I'd kind of forgotten about this.

So I'll need extra ammo above and beyond what I've set aside for the post-election 'Obama Loses' riots, some time later in 2013, for the 'Trayvon Verdict' riots?

No wonder .223 is in such short supply...

14 posted on 10/19/2012 8:16:56 AM PDT by Kenton
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To: Uncle Chip
That, he wrote, threatens to taint the jury pool.

GASP!.. Please just move on.. We wouldn't want to do that, taint anything, that wouldn't be fair, and BTW, please shut that barn door as you leave.. Thanks.. Sheeeeze

15 posted on 10/19/2012 8:17:18 AM PDT by carlo3b (Less Government, more Fiber..)
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To: Uncle Chip
If not, then put the principal on their witness list. Show the youtube videos of him fighting, show his facebook and tweets regarding drug use and taking a swing at the bus driver and the 7-11 video surveillance tape.
16 posted on 10/19/2012 8:20:55 AM PDT by bgill (Evil doers are in every corner of our government. Have we passed the time of no return?)
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To: Uncle Chip
"Assistant State Attorney Bernie de la Rionda says they're not relevant and has accused defense attorneys of going on a fishing expedition."

It's relevant now. You made it so when you first raised the issue of character, and opened that can o' worms telling us what a good boy Trayvon was (pre-med, rocket science-divinity student, etc.). The defense now has the right to cross-examine and refute.
17 posted on 10/19/2012 8:21:56 AM PDT by PowderMonkey (WILL WORK FOR AMMO)
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To: Uncle Chip

They want the site taken down to block legal defense donations.


18 posted on 10/19/2012 8:24:45 AM PDT by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, a Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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To: Liberty Valance
So am I:

"Tuesday night's arrest is not Williams' first brush with the law. Williams, who was previously known as Michelle Conyers, has been arrested on charges ranging from aggravated assault with a handgun to fraudulent use of personal information, fraudulent use of a credit card, petty theft, two previous counts of grand theft, two counts of forgery and exploitation of an elderly person.

She entered guilty pleas to several of the charges and was sentenced to restitution and probation, which she completed successfully. Before Tuesday, she hadn't been involved with the court system since 2005."

She will more than likely request community service on behalf of the Skittles and Tea Foundation.

19 posted on 10/19/2012 8:27:19 AM PDT by Uncle Chip
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To: Uncle Chip
Sounds like they have something they are trying to hide.
20 posted on 10/19/2012 8:45:29 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Government is the religion of the psychopath.)
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To: Uncle Chip

Call Obama, he’ll tell ya how to seal those records....


21 posted on 10/19/2012 11:35:35 AM PDT by Ms Mable
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