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Defense asks for Zimmerman judge to be knocked off case
Miami Herald ^ | 7/13/12 | Frances Robles

Posted on 07/13/2012 2:23:39 PM PDT by Ron C.

George Zimmerman’s defense attorney filed a motion Friday asking that the judge on his case be disqualified.

Claiming the judge has shown bias and made disparaging remarks about Zimmerman, attorney Mark O’Mara said he “no longer has faith” in Seminole County Circuit Judge Kenneth R. Lester.

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That this has finally happened somewhat renews my faith in this man's defense atty - but, why so damned late in the game?!
1 posted on 07/13/2012 2:23:51 PM PDT by Ron C.
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To: Ron C.

Anybody who has ever watched a TV courtroom drama knew that this motion was comming after the judge opened his trap and charactarized the defendent’s demeanor in his courtroom.

I agree if it HADN’T happened, you would know that the defense was just going through the motions and Zimmerman was likely roadkill.


2 posted on 07/13/2012 2:26:23 PM PDT by Tallguy (It's all 'Fun and Games' until somebody loses an eye!)
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To: Ron C.

beats me. but one thing I can tell ya.. Poor George is not going to get a fair trial ANYWHERE.


3 posted on 07/13/2012 2:26:28 PM PDT by cableguymn (For the first time in my life. I fear my country's government.)
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To: Ron C.

“That this has finally happened somewhat renews my faith in this man’s defense atty - but, why so damned late in the game?!”

Just a guess, but maybe he’s doing his own paperwork so it can’t all be leaked?

Have to figure Big Media and Big Brother Holder have him pretty well staked out and watched on our dime.


4 posted on 07/13/2012 2:28:48 PM PDT by treetopsandroofs (Had FDR been GOP, there would have been no World Wars, just "The Great War" and "Roosevelt's Wars".)
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To: Ron C.

One thing though: If you pull this trigger and fail, you have a newly-annoyed judge.


5 posted on 07/13/2012 2:28:48 PM PDT by Lazamataz (Borg Zombies walk around groaning "Commmppuutteerrrrssss......Commmppuutteerrrrssss......")
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To: Lazamataz

True. it’s also fodder for the appeal if the judge remains.


6 posted on 07/13/2012 2:30:33 PM PDT by cableguymn (For the first time in my life. I fear my country's government.)
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To: Lazamataz

The NEXT thing this atty needs to do is fight for a change of venue - that should have happened long long ago too.


7 posted on 07/13/2012 2:31:43 PM PDT by Ron C.
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To: Ron C.

This really isn’t “late” in my opinion. The trial will not happen (if there is a trial) until 2013. If Zim had asked for it right away it would have looked like a knee jerk reaction, imo.


8 posted on 07/13/2012 2:35:52 PM PDT by SoFloFreeper
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To: Ron C.

My Irish money is on the “MICK” from Connemara!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Connemara


9 posted on 07/13/2012 2:40:28 PM PDT by GOYAKLA (Recall/ Impeachment Day, November 6, 2012. FUBO, same for RINOs)
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To: Ron C.

Things have to occur before this can be requested. No doubt Lester oveerplayed his hand. He is indeed prejudice against Zimmerman. Wonder who paid him off. Anything else is illogical.


10 posted on 07/13/2012 2:43:57 PM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: Ron C.

Another thread going on this story:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2906260/posts

:)


11 posted on 07/13/2012 2:44:11 PM PDT by snarkytart (http://www.freerepubli224%2C1)
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To: Ron C.
we would be no worse off or perhaps even better off if judges were selected for each trial in much the same way as jurors

we’d see a lot more common sense and less egomania and a lot more justice

.

12 posted on 07/13/2012 3:11:34 PM PDT by Elle Bee
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To: Lazamataz
One thing though: If you pull this trigger and fail, you have a newly-annoyed judge.

You're right. But after even a cursory reading of his July 5th Order Setting Bail, it is hard to imagine that he can get anymore annoyed than he already is. So they might as well go for it.

13 posted on 07/13/2012 3:18:32 PM PDT by Uncle Chip
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To: Ron C.

About time. The guy is obviously trying to railroad George Zimmerman. Time for a change of venue to another state while they’re at it. Maybe Missouri, Idaho or Texas.


14 posted on 07/13/2012 3:26:55 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (In honor of my late father, GunnerySgt/Commo Chief, USMC 1943-65)
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To: GOYAKLA; mickie; flaglady47
My money is on the Irish attorney, too. When the alley fighting starts, he'll respond to the bell, believe me.

Also, you can bet that O'Mara's getting the best of advice and assistance from top-notch attorneys across the country who want to lend a hand.....no doubt even Harvard's famed lawyer, Alan O'Dershowitz, who came out of the gate early on in Mr. Z's favor.

O'Leni

15 posted on 07/13/2012 3:28:09 PM PDT by MinuteGal
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To: Ron C.
Meanwhile:

Detective in Zimmerman case said he was pressured to file charges –

http://gunfreezone.net/wordpress/index.php/2012/07/12/detective-in-zimmerman-case-said-he-was-pressured-to-file-charges-trayvon-martin-miamiherald-com/

The lead Sanford Police investigator who sought manslaughter charges against George Zimmerman told the FBI that a sergeant and two other officers tried to pressure him into making an arrest in the controversial case — even though he didn’t think there was enough evidence………Serino, a 15-year veteran of the department who was a major-crimes investigator, was demoted last month to overnight patrol.

16 posted on 07/13/2012 3:29:20 PM PDT by Conservative Vermont Vet
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To: Elle Bee

There are many biased and corrupt and/or incompetent judges.
For example, 5 of the 9 U.S.Supreme Court justices.

In Court, one can have the best lawyer and be 100 percent in the right and still get injustice if the judge is unjust.

Been there, done that, got the screw job.


17 posted on 07/13/2012 3:29:48 PM PDT by OldArmy52 (Are there any Democrats who are not racist fascists?.)
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To: Lazamataz

“One thing though: If you pull this trigger and fail, you have a newly-annoyed judge.”

Which lays the ground for a decent appeal.


18 posted on 07/13/2012 3:31:25 PM PDT by MeganC (If you are hell-bent on delaying maturity you will likely succeed.)
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To: Ron C.

http://184.172.211.159/~gzdocs/documents/motions/motion_to_disqualify.pdf


19 posted on 07/13/2012 3:40:11 PM PDT by kanawa
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To: Lazamataz

“One thing though: If you pull this trigger and fail, you have a newly-annoyed judge.”

One way to ensure an evenhanded judge is threats of impeachment, loss of pension and 10 years in prison, but we need a congress with stones for that.

Thaddeus Stevens (April 4, 1792 – August 11, 1868), chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, was a master at threatening federal judges. He had whale balls.


20 posted on 07/13/2012 3:42:30 PM PDT by sergeantdave (Public unions exist to protect the unions from the taxpaying public)
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To: Ron C.

O’Mara can’t come right out and call this a political lynching. he has to let it become obvious.


21 posted on 07/13/2012 3:44:09 PM PDT by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, a Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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To: MinuteGal; GOYAKLA; mickie; flaglady47

>Alan O’Dershowitz

LOL!

I too am Irish for the rest of this thread.

O’ROTB


22 posted on 07/13/2012 4:00:12 PM PDT by ROTB (Live holy, forgive all & pray in Jesus' name. Trust He is willing & able & eager to ANSWER BIG!)
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To: Ron C.
I still will never understand why Mark O'Mara ever requested that Judge Jessica Reckseidler step aside. That made no sense to me.

So she is married to a law partner of Mark Nejame who recommended Mark O'Mara. So what???

And if Mark Mejame was going to be a CNN commenter on this case. So what??? The onus would be on him not on Reckseidler. I think O'Mara did it for Mark Nejame's sake not George's.

23 posted on 07/13/2012 4:22:25 PM PDT by Uncle Chip
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To: Lazamataz

If he acts even more biased and political after this, he’ll cause real professional problems for himself and the integrity of the trial. He’s already decided Zimmerman is guilty and has done all he could do to harm Zimmerman’s reputation, so MOM has nothing to lose in exposing his problem to public scrutiny.

He has mugging for the klan with the tan mob in his courtroom and in the media. But he forgets that there are also many others watching who are not impressed with Dem party racist lynch mobs and their media spin. He thinks he’s safe with political and inJustice Department backing, but he is going to see those politicans scramble like cockroaches when this thing is exposed as another Leftist witch hunt as happened at Duke.

How many innocent people has this radical race baiting judge railroaded?


24 posted on 07/13/2012 4:27:01 PM PDT by SaraJohnson
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To: Ron C.

Good move by OMara

Even if he torques the judge...if the judge does not recuse himself...a conviction will be overturned on appeal

Lester’s wife was the prosecutor for Zimmerman’s assault charge against his ex. Lester knew this, and took the case anyway. He took the case knowing full well he had a major conflict of interest


25 posted on 07/13/2012 4:27:43 PM PDT by SeminoleCounty (Romney has foreign assets.....Obama has foreign birth certifcates)
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26 posted on 07/13/2012 4:44:49 PM PDT by RedMDer (https://support.woundedwarriorproject.org/default.aspx?tsid=93destr)
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To: SoFloFreeper

If (and I dearly hope, when) Obama is knocked out of office in 2013, even by the Mittster, a whole lot of this racist hounding of the politicians down there in Sanford will go away. Deprived of the cover, the state will fold, with a private grateful sigh to be rid of the burden.


27 posted on 07/13/2012 5:05:06 PM PDT by raccoonnookkeeper (I keep raccoons in a nook.)
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To: SeminoleCounty

Good grief - hope this proves to be this judge’s undoing. He should be disbarred, jmho.


28 posted on 07/13/2012 5:13:45 PM PDT by Ron C.
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To: SeminoleCounty

“Lester’s wife was the prosecutor for Zimmerman’s assault charge against his ex”

That’s not correct.


29 posted on 07/13/2012 5:28:45 PM PDT by ironman
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To: Ron C.

There has obviously been a move afoot by the “injustice system” and by the biased “we must take the guns from average American serfs” as has been pushed by the Bloombergs and other NYC elites that own the media as well as our politicians in their pocket to portray Zimmerman as a bogeyman. There has been much propaganda used against this.

What should worry us all is once the elites use their vast wealth to buy off the gun lobbies and their puppets in Congress, there will be nothing stopping them from stripping or reevaluating our 2nd Amendment. Make no mistake that many of the elite do not want millions of Americans owning firearms.


30 posted on 07/13/2012 5:49:49 PM PDT by apoliticalone (Honest govt. that operates in the interest of US sovereignty and the people, not global $$$)
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To: Lazamataz

This judge is unfit for office. I cant see the judge surviving this, I just read the very very lengthy damning motion for removal that is posted at http://gzlegalcase.com/

It is down right damning of this judge, I think he is history


31 posted on 07/13/2012 8:14:04 PM PDT by Friendofgeorge (SARAH PALIN 2012 OR BUST)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

You seem to be saying that FL people and institutions are untrustworthy. I think Terri Schiavo would have said the same thing if she could have spoken. I’m afraid though that Americans everywhere, brainwashed as they are, oppose Zimmerman, and he can’t get a fair trial.


32 posted on 07/13/2012 8:14:12 PM PDT by Theodore R. (Past is prologue: The American people again let us down in this election cycle.)
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To: kanawa

I just read the entire motion...WONDERFUL, no way the judge can survive that


33 posted on 07/13/2012 8:15:57 PM PDT by Friendofgeorge (SARAH PALIN 2012 OR BUST)
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To: Ron C.

Ah, the incompetence of 911 operators must be protected. They will be the future UAV operators and will tell both cops and citizens what to do, to shoot or not shoot, etc... after reporting up to the chain of command, making sure it is not one of OBama’s personal drug cartel operative or son.


34 posted on 07/13/2012 9:10:30 PM PDT by JudgemAll (Democrats Fed. job-security Whorocracy & hate:hypocrites must be gay like us or be tested/crucified)
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To: cableguymn
beats me. but one thing I can tell ya.. Poor George is not going to get a fair trial ANYWHERE.

Perhaps not. But if I were on his jury there would be no conviction and I'm pretty sure I'm not alone.

35 posted on 07/13/2012 9:11:29 PM PDT by South40 ("Islam has a proud tradition of tolerance." Hussein Obama, Cairo, Egypt, June 4, 2009)
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To: Ron C.

Zimmy got Scapegoated by the libtards


36 posted on 07/13/2012 9:15:17 PM PDT by KTM rider
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To: Theodore R.

No, not all Americans oppose Zimmerman. Just the liberals and blacks (OK, that’s 99% liberal). There is alot of support for Zim amongst white conservatives.


37 posted on 07/13/2012 9:17:53 PM PDT by the OlLine Rebel (Common sense is an uncommon virtue./Technological progress cannot be legislated.)
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To: the OlLine Rebel
Just the liberals and blacks (OK, that’s 99% liberal).

ONly 20% of the voting public self-identify as liberal. There are only about 12% blacks and most of them are in that 20% liberal.
38 posted on 07/13/2012 9:21:46 PM PDT by aruanan
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To: Ron C.; Lazamataz

I am not at all sure that this is a bad venue for Z. It’s a pretty well off, R-leaning county, I do believe.


39 posted on 07/13/2012 9:30:20 PM PDT by FreedomPoster (Islam delenda est)
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To: FreedomPoster
I am not at all sure that this is a bad venue for Z. It’s a pretty well off, R-leaning county, I do believe.

Any other city would have to bear the costs of security and disruptions. They can bring in a jury from outside if it gets that far, however, since racial discrimination has bee dismissed by the FBI, what they need is just a fair balanced unbiased judge to hear George Zimmerman with an open mind and then dismiss the case at a SYG hearing -- and then it's over.

40 posted on 07/14/2012 6:10:07 AM PDT by Uncle Chip
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To: Uncle Chip

Mark Mejame is a loose cannon on television, never know what he is going to say or when. He would have been advising his wife, possibly for the prosecution.

I think it was clearly the right call. Now we need to get rid of this judge, and yes it`s a crap shoot who we get next


41 posted on 07/14/2012 6:26:56 AM PDT by Friendofgeorge (SARAH PALIN 2012 OR BUST)
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To: Friendofgeorge
Jessica Reckseidler is not his wife. She is the wife of a law partner of Nejame's. If she thought she couldn't do it, she should have recused herself without using up one of the few dismissal requests that Zimmerman has.

Since it was Nejame who recommended O'Mara in the first place, and they are friends, one would think that having the wife of a Nejame law partner as a judge would be a plus for O'Mara. She would have favored O'Mara.

So why did he use one of his few dismissal requests for her rather than make the prosecution use one of theirs, or let her do it on her own.

If there was conflict of interest because Nejame was going to be the CNN commenter on the case, pressure could just as easily have been brought against CNN to find someone else other than Nejame. It's easier to replace him than it is to replace a judge.

It just seems odd and counter-intuitive in retrospect that this was done and the reasons given for it being done.

42 posted on 07/14/2012 6:58:06 AM PDT by Uncle Chip
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To: JudgemAll

I thought that GZ was talking to a dispatcher, not a 911-op.


43 posted on 07/14/2012 8:39:22 AM PDT by Cletus.D.Yokel (Catastrophic Anthropogenic Climate Alterations - The acronym explains the science.)
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To: Ron C.
"but, why so damned late in the game?! "
Just getting started bump. ;-)
44 posted on 07/14/2012 9:19:41 AM PDT by Tunehead54 (Nothing funny here ;-)
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To: Conservative Vermont Vet
The lead Sanford Police investigator who sought manslaughter charges against George Zimmerman told the FBI that a sergeant and two other officers tried to pressure him into making an arrest in the controversial case — even though he didn’t think there was enough evidence………Serino, a 15-year veteran of the department who was a major-crimes investigator, was demoted last month to overnight patrol.

A stacked deck revealed is a stacked deck exposed.

45 posted on 07/14/2012 10:17:39 AM PDT by OldNavyVet
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To: kanawa

The proof of this judge’s bias and prejudicial nature against Zimmerman can be found at the bottom of page 1/top of page 2 in his Order Setting Bail.

http://184.172.211.159/~gzdocs/documents/bond_order/doc20120705113028.pdf

Even though he sat there and watched as O’Mara handed over GZ’s medical records to Gilbreath and the prosecution right there in front of him, he says this:

“The Defendant certainly indicated through cross-examination that he acted in self defense, but he put forward no evidence of such.”

Well, your honor, just what were those medical records showing my client got his head bashed in indications of???? Weren’t they evidence of self defense??? Did I have to spell it out for you???

But worst of all is that Judge Lester knew full well that the prosecution was withholding all the cards. He knew and has known all along that the prosecution had in their grubby little hands all the evidence at that hearing date and that in there was evidence that might very well have exonerated Zimmerman.

He knew that the defense did not have access to that exculpatory evidence until the state would begin releasing in mid-May — too late for that initial April 20th hearing. And yet he writes this sentence in his Order Setting Bail as justification for his ignoring the evidence that was subsequently presented on June 29th.

Judge Lester is not just biased but he’s downright dishonest and his dishonesty has affected the integrity of the court. It is not Zimmerman who has flouted and manipulated the system, but Judge Lester. It is not Zimmerman who has credibility problems, but Judge Lester.

Lester should not only step down from this case but he should also step down from the bench.


46 posted on 07/14/2012 10:18:05 AM PDT by Uncle Chip
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To: Ron C.

Claiming? The judge’s bias is in a black and white legal document. The whole lying thing is utter b/s. Kinda makes you wonder if the judge was trying to make this happen.


47 posted on 07/14/2012 10:24:42 AM PDT by Jaded (Really? Seriously?)
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To: cableguymn

I wonder about that. I have talked to a several different people who were outraged to find out that the pictures the LSM were showing were many years outdated.

Lots of other people just want this to go away, they are tired of hearing it.


48 posted on 07/14/2012 10:26:47 AM PDT by Jaded (Really? Seriously?)
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To: Uncle Chip

Remember a few weeks ago when the article came out about Lester’s son going to the same junior high with Shellie Zimmerman? People were asking then if Lester would recuse himself. Then came the second bond hearing and the decision... makes ya go hmmmmmm.

Jessica Reckseidler had 3 small children and the Klan with a Tan was running rampant and TrayMom and TrayDad were on tour.


49 posted on 07/14/2012 10:31:08 AM PDT by Jaded (Really? Seriously?)
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To: Jaded
Jessica Reckseidler had 3 small children and the Klan with a Tan was running rampant and TrayMom and TrayDad were on tour.

So O'Mara then uses up one of Zimmerman's few judge dismissal cards in order to protect the wife of Nejame's partner from possible black mob threats of violence so that Nejame can freely attack Zimmerman on CNN.

If she or her husband felt fear for her life or the lives of their children from threats of the tan klan, then that is a good thing for her and them to feel. Because then she and they would know the fear that Zimmerman felt from that mobster that assaulted him that night. O'Mara should never have given her and Nejame an out.

50 posted on 07/14/2012 10:49:43 AM PDT by Uncle Chip
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