Skip to comments.Judge refuses gag order in George Zimmerman case
Posted on 04/27/2012 9:24:49 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
SANFORD, Fla. - A judge has refused the prosecution's request and will not issue a gag order on those involved in the murder trial of George Zimmerman, who's accused of murder in the death of Trayvon Martin.
Saying he wouldn't entertain the state's request at this time, Florida Circuit Judge Kenneth Lester said Friday he would not stop Zimmerman's attorneys from talking to the media if they chose.
"Attorneys, specifically the defense counsel, are still commenting about the facts of the case," state prosecutor Bernie de la Rionda said.
"I've been very careful. ... I don't have the evidence (in the case) yet," said O'Mara, referring to the fact that the state's evidence has not yet been provided to him.
O'Mara also said in court Friday that his client's case is the "most significant media event in the country."
Before ruling that a gag order would not be considered at this time, Lester said both state and defense attorneys have been conducting themselves professionally.
Zimmerman is accused of second-degree murder for the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. The case has drawn national attention because Zimmerman was a neighborhood watch volunteer when he shot Martin, who was unarmed.
Zimmerman was not charged for more than six weeks because he claimed self-defense.
The hearing also dealt with several media organizations, including The Associated Press, asking the judge to unseal documents from Zimmerman's court file. The issue of Zimmerman's finances were also discussed.
Mark O'Mara, a former Local 6 legal analyst who now represents Zimmerman, informed Lester that his client had raised more than $200,000 via a website. O'Mara said he only recently learned about the money and was still gathering facts about the account associated with the website.
Zimmerman did not appear at the hearing.
Where's that depraved mind Cory at?
The prosecutor wants a gag order.
They know their case is weak, and don’t want the public to know all the facts going in..............................
Help, help, Rionda!
Help Rionda, yelp!
get her outta my court!................
I’ve been gagging over this fiasco since Barry and the ‘RATS decided to exploit it in hopes of using it to help their chances in November.
That news conference that the Hyena, Angela Corey, held almost made me gag for her surreal smile as if she were a crocodile...
“Your honor, they are poisoning the jury pool against the prosecution!”
So it took 6 wks for jesse jackass and al-not-so-sharpton to gin up the zombies.
IT & Skillets I telz ya.
The prosecutors know this fight is more in the court of public opinion than anything else. Can’t have zimmy defending himself.
Can’t let those pesky little facts get out.
>> Lester said both state and defense attorneys have been conducting themselves professionally.
Yeah, I guess... on the other hand, the Martin’s personal lawyer Benjamin Crump has been acting like a total ass.
Florida State University School of Law:
Ben Crump and Daryl Parks: The Reverend Al Sharpton calls them the next Johnny Cochrans.
>>>”state prosecutor Bernie de la Rionda”
Where’s that depraved mind Cory at?<<<
Angela Corey is evidently more cowardly and smarter than Mike Nifong. Why take the fall for this politically driven, malicious prosecution of an obviously, innocent man, when you can assign some other clown (and de la Rionda seems perfect to play the clown) to be the fall guy?
What a whiney little Bitch. Who was it that called the Prestitute conference to revel in the fact that you had filed charges against Zimmerman? Who was it that failed to provide the photo evidence to the Defense of Zimmermans injuries?
The fact that the Prosecution still to date hasn't provided the "evidence" to the Defense makes their motion reek of Political theatre. IOW we want to poison the jury Pool and sway public opinion on our rumors and back room press leaks. But Please Please Please your Honor don't you dare let that mean Lawyer talk to the press about our actions or lack of a case.
I fear that O’Mara is not showing sufficient outrage at this prosecution. The defense needs someone who is not just diligent and thorough, but passionate and aggressive against this ridiculous case.
I fear that OMara is not showing sufficient outrage at this prosecution. The defense needs someone who is not just diligent and thorough, but passionate and aggressive against this ridiculous case.I agree. This lawyer has no fire in his belly.
“The defense needs someone who is not just diligent and thorough, but passionate and aggressive against this ridiculous case.”
In this instance, Zimmerman needs a Johnny Cochran on his team. This is a public relations fight as much as it is a judicial trial.
He ought to be comparing them to Nifong every chance he gets. He ought to be calling them out for their real motives. He won’t get them to drop it, but he might make it more likely that the judge will find his way on a pretrial motion and kick the case out. You can’t treat these prosecutors like professional colleagues; they are scumbags trying to send a victim of crime to jail for murder.
I disagree. There is going to be ongoing litigation in this case for years, and it will be far better when O'Mara goes after them that they have no defense that he was the instigator. They are doing such a good job of undermining themselves and proving the wilfulness and recklessness in this frivolous case that these two clowns won't be able to russle up bus fare home.
If Zimmerman was truthfull regarding his actions that night, then we have another Richard Jewel type situation.
If the prosecution has proof that he lied, that needs to come out swiftly, because the media version has already been refuted.
If OTOH, we have a media/politically induced malicious prosecution, based solely on perceptions of “racial injustice”, absent clear proof of 2nd degree murder...the backlash has the potential to explode violently against the orchestrators.
Trevor Dooley's SYG defense against manslaughter charges is not going well for him, as I read in local press reports of the trial.
Not much media or political attention was applied when a 69 year old black man shot and killed a 41 year old white man, in front of witnesses...
It's going to be a long hot summer in Florida.