Skip to comments.Attorney for George Zimmerman seeks judge's recusal
Posted on 04/13/2012 10:50:44 AM PDT by Free ThinkerNY
SANFORD, Fla. - The attorney for George Zimmerman, who's charged with murder in the death of Trayvon Martin, said he will likely filing a motion for the judge to recuse herself from the case because of a possible conflict of interest.
During a 10-minute status hearing that was held Friday in Seminole County, attorney Mark O'Mara said the filing of the motion to have Circuit Court Judge Jessica Recksiedler removed may be "imminent."
O'Mara became Zimmerman's attorney after being recommended by attorney Mark NeJame, who was contacted by Zimmerman's family. Recksiedler's husband works at NeJame's law firm.
"If you choose to file a motion to disqualify me as judge, it has to be filed in writing for me to address it," Recksiedler said. "If you do choose to file, we do have a bond hearing set for next Friday," she said, asking that the motion be filed before then.
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And the circus begins! This case will be more monumental than the OJ trial over 15 years ago.
The DOJ and this numbskulled prosecutor for Florida KNOW this case will result in an acquittal. They WANT this to happen. It’s checkmate. They know the riots will come. They do not, however, realize that Floridians are MUCH better armed than Californians during the King riots. Black riots in Orlando will be met with much death, methinks.
Isn’t attorney Mark NeJame a sometimes Contributor on CNN and HLN, etc.?
I do know when C.A. was on trial he was on local TV here in Orlando.
Answer: Your Honor.
the appearance of impropriety IS impropriety.
she has to recuse.
They need a change of venue to Idaho.
SANFORD The judge hearing the George Zimmerman case today announced that her husband works for the law firm of Mark NeJame, who’s been hired to act as a CNN analyst for this case.
Circuit Judge Jessica Recksiedler said she had an ethical obligation to disclose that and allow Zimmerman’s attorney or the special prosecutor to ask her to step down.
I appreciate the attorney filing for the judge to be recused, but first things first.
They need an immediate bond hearing set, and bail to be posted to get Zimmerman out of jail.
How much do you want to be on that acquittal?
if a judge recuses him/her self ALL their rulings can be reexamined.
In an unrelated side note, the judge also announced that Zimmerman will have a bond hearing one week from today.
IOW she is daring them to recuse her. the logic goes if she disclosed then she is honest and should stay. Also if she is forced out then the judge who follows will take it out on the moving party.
Which is why she made it clear today that any request to recuse from either side needs to be filed before next Friday's hearing.
This judge is doing the proper thing by disclosing her husband works for the person who will be analyzing the case for CNN, and the Defense team acted properly in disclosing that they were recommended by the same law firm.
I can hear it now for self defense claim by zimm:
“If he got hit, you must acquit”
And the circus begins! ---I agree
This case will be more monumental than the OJ trial over 15 years ago.---I agree
The DOJ and this numbskulled prosecutor for Florida KNOW this case will result in an acquittal. ---I disagree. We are going to witness a Stalinist Show Trial, with the outcome directed from the White House. There is only one outcome possible. Guilty, then death-by-shiv in prison.
They WANT this to happen. Its checkmate. They know the riots will come. ---I don't quite follow what you are saying here. The White House is hoping for an acquittal so they can have riots? Maybe. Since the trial will probably stretch in to after the election, at which time then, yes, Obama would love to have a pretext for National Martial Law.
They do not, however, realize that Floridians are MUCH better armed than Californians during the King riots. Black riots in Orlando will be met with much death, methinks.---I agree
That makes sense. So even if Z was bonded out.... a new judge could reverse that order and send George back to jail?
I can so see that. God I hate our courts today.
Meanwhile he sits in jail for at least a week....
OJ got off because ( as black ‘law’ makers say ) he was KWWW - Killing With a White Wife.
“They need a change of venue to Idaho.”
There are many things that should happen in this case, but don’t hold your breath that that they WILL happen.
What makes you think Floridians are better armed than Californians?
Unfortunately, by removing the first judge selected, however removed, one is often stuck with the next judge who may be, and often is, worse.
This study shows Florida has a MARGINALLY higher percentage of gun ownership that Cali, 24.5 vs 21.3%.
If they think that race riots are going to win them elections then they are dumber than what I think they are.
You are assuming that respondents were honest. Personally, when asked, I would have been a no.
Tell me if I’m reading your link’s correctly, please.
Were the questions “ do you have a firearm in your possession?”?
Garage , truck on your property?
Was there in count as to how many one person might own?
I personally believe no one gives a true answer when it comes to how many or what kind, if they answer at all, truthfully.
I’m not quarreling with your stats but ......?
LOL! It just occurred to me that I could get picked for jury duty for this in Seminole county. Now that would be a hoot.
That was my first thought. If she is actually a competent judge, she has to know that the paperwork filed thus far is totally inadequate for a second degree murder charge. However, from a political standpoint, would you want to be the judge who throws out all charges against George Zimmerman?
By disclosing her husband's connection to the attorney who will do commentary for CNN, she gives herself an escape hatch without having to address the obvious legal problems with Corey's spin on the case.
There are lots more guns in Cali than people around here think, that’s all.
On those connections it’s Mark O’Mara who should recuse himself.
Or call Obama’s bluff. Stretch the proceedings out with pretrial motions and discovery until after the election. Any attorney worth his salt should be be able to do that in a murder case. Deny the regime its chaos.
I know way more about the Orlando law community than I care to.
They’re an incestuous bunch.
First, California has almost DOUBLE the population of Florida (21M vs. 37M).
Second, that survey is based on respondents who voluntarily say whether or not they have firearms in their homes. I wouldn’t give up that information to anyone, personally.
Finally, Floridians are significantly less hampered by regulation than Californians. Floridians are going to have a much more diverse arsenal vs. Californians, in general.
Does CA have SYG laws in place or even Castle Doctrine?
What’s her excuse not to recuse?
I lost all my guns in a boating accident.
Even Rush was saying today that the legal requirements to charge Zimmerman with 2nd degree murder are tenuous, at best. Zimmerman’s lawyer is going to have the court’s undies all bunched up for a while with pretrial motions and other various legal maneuvering.
I’m very interested in the discovery phase, personally. I don’t think the prosecution has anything substantive to use against Zimmerman.
Also, let’s be very clear about Stand Your Ground in Florida. SYG covers the old “duty to retreat” clause prevalent in many state statutes. Specifically, the duty to retreat is nullified provided the shooter is using his/her firearm to prevent the commission of a forcible felony. Hence the reason I’m interested in the discovery phase. If there are medical files showing Zimmerman was treated for injuries sustained during a struggle, there’s no way they can legally challenge his claim to self-defense.
And overwhelming majority of WHITE Americans agree that this little thug overstepped and confronted a legally armed citizen. I hope ballistics reports are shown during discovery to prove that only one round was fired and a second round never cycled into the chamber due to “someone’s” hand being on the slide during discharge. If there was a struggle for the gun, that’s another positive for Zimmerman.
IF the law truly plays this out the way it seems to have happened (based on extant evidence presented by the media), then Zimmerman will be acquitted. Unless there’s damning evidence present that the media has not yet discussed or aired, Zimmerman’s going to walk from this show trial.
I do not, however, believe that Zimmerman’s life will ever be the same. Having twice used a firearm to defend my life, I can personally attest that it changes you forever.
me too...I’m in Winter Park.
We don’t call ourselves the Gunshine State for no reason. The detractors say it as a negative. I say it as a badge of honor.
there are probably more guns in Florida, too, but they are concentrated as Florida is much smaller
The stats I posted were percentages, not total numbers, so the size of the State was not an issue. As for SYG, that really did Zimmerman a lot of good, didn’t it?
SYG IS NOT APPLICABLE in this case. It’s pretty plain from the evidence that Zimmerman was being attacked. That invalidates SYG altogether. SYG allows you to confront someone where you would otherwise attempt to retreat. Zimmerman had no choice. He was already past the point of being able to retreat.
His decision to pull the trigger is permissible by Florida statute. He was using it to stop the commission of a forcible felony. Period.
Yet he got arrested, didn’t he?
Have you read the charging instrument? It’s a complete joke! This is going to be a show trial, my friend. SYG is not involved here. It was unfortunate that a citizen pulled the trigger as opposed to a LEO. LEOs have presumed trust as a public servant, yet they’re still put on leave and desk duty during an investigation into an officer-involved shooting.
If you lived in Florida, you’d understand that a majority of state residents support SYG. What good does it do in this environment? PLENTY! There have been numerous stories lately with regard to SYG in Florida media. They’re trying to find a strawman but are finding that most defensive uses of firearms in Florida are legitimate and don’t always end in gunfire.
It’s a necessary enumeration to our code, I believe. It’s as important to discuss and for the public to understand as in concealed carry, Castle Doctrine, or even the Second Amendment.
I would say that idea A is a misinterpretation of the facts of gun ownership in California. There are plenty of firearms here, I assure you.
Now B is probably also false, since the Korean merchants toting guns on their rooftops as the riots broke out attests that we aren't afraid to use the guns if the need arises.
Now, finally, somebody tell me just exactly how the McDuffie riot in Miami was any different than the Rodney King riot in LA, and just exactly how all these guns in Florida were turned on the rioters back then.