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Judge refuses gag order in George Zimmerman case
WKMG-TV ^ | April 27, 2012

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.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Extended News; Government; News/Current Events; US: Florida
KEYWORDS: florida; georgezimmerman; trayvon; trayvonmartin; zimmerman

1 posted on 04/27/2012 9:24:57 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
"state prosecutor Bernie de la Rionda"

Where's that depraved mind Cory at?

2 posted on 04/27/2012 9:27:44 AM PDT by Paladin2
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

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..............................


3 posted on 04/27/2012 9:27:44 AM PDT by Red Badger (Think logically. Act normally.................)
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To: Paladin2

Help, Rionda!
Help, help, Rionda!
Help Rionda, yelp!
get her outta my court!................


4 posted on 04/27/2012 9:29:22 AM PDT by Red Badger (Think logically. Act normally.................)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

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.


5 posted on 04/27/2012 9:30:02 AM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (It's time for the 47% to start paying their "fair share" of income taxes.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

That news conference that the Hyena, Angela Corey, held almost made me gag for her surreal smile as if she were a crocodile...


6 posted on 04/27/2012 9:32:21 AM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

“Your honor, they are poisoning the jury pool against the prosecution!”


7 posted on 04/27/2012 9:32:35 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Government is the religion of the sociopath.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
After the prosecution has been trying Zimmerman in the press for two months they want to prevent him from destroying their carefully constructed narrative.

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8 posted on 04/27/2012 9:34:50 AM PDT by Jeff Chandler (You mean we have a choice between M.R. and B.O.?)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

So it took 6 wks for jesse jackass and al-not-so-sharpton to gin up the zombies.

IT & Skillets I telz ya.


9 posted on 04/27/2012 9:35:59 AM PDT by bicyclerepair ( REPLACE D-W-S ! http://www.karenforcongress.com)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The prosecutors know this fight is more in the court of public opinion than anything else. Can’t have zimmy defending himself.


10 posted on 04/27/2012 9:36:56 AM PDT by LevinFan
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Can’t let those pesky little facts get out.


11 posted on 04/27/2012 9:39:07 AM PDT by Reagan69 (I supported Sarah Palin and all I got was a lousy DVD !)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

>> 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.


12 posted on 04/27/2012 9:44:39 AM PDT by Nervous Tick (Trust in God, but row away from the rocks!)
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To: LevinFan
The prosecutors know this fight is more in the court of public opinion than anything else.

Key point.

13 posted on 04/27/2012 9:50:18 AM PDT by Ken H (Austerity is the irresistible force. Entitlements are the immovable object.)
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To: Nervous Tick

Florida State University School of Law:
http://www.law.fsu.edu/images/FSULAW_Spring_2006.pdf

Ben Crump and Daryl Parks: The Reverend Al Sharpton calls them the ‘next Johnny Cochrans.’


14 posted on 04/27/2012 9:55:32 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (Ich habe keinen Konig aber Gott)
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To: Paladin2

>>>”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?


15 posted on 04/27/2012 9:56:54 AM PDT by Above My Pay Grade (The candidate I vote for will NOT have a CARE after his name.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Zimmerman was a neighborhood watch volunteer - who was attacked from behind by a thug twice his size and would have been killed himself if he hadn't had a handgun - when he shot Martin, who was unarmed.
16 posted on 04/27/2012 10:01:24 AM PDT by LucyT
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"Attorneys, specifically the defense counsel, are still commenting about the facts of the case," state prosecutor Bernie de la Rionda said.

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.

17 posted on 04/27/2012 10:03:27 AM PDT by VRWCarea51
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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.


18 posted on 04/27/2012 10:29:46 AM PDT by Defiant (If there are infinite parallel universes, why Lord, am I living in the one with Obama as President?)
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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 agree. This lawyer has no fire in his belly.
19 posted on 04/27/2012 10:47:52 AM PDT by samtheman ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CZ-4gnNz0vc)
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To: Defiant

“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.


20 posted on 04/27/2012 10:50:44 AM PDT by Soul of the South (When times are tough the tough get going.)
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To: Soul of the South

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.


21 posted on 04/27/2012 11:33:37 AM PDT by Defiant (If there are infinite parallel universes, why Lord, am I living in the one with Obama as President?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
"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.

Translation-no case.

22 posted on 04/27/2012 1:14:10 PM PDT by fortheDeclaration (How strangely will the Tools of a Tyrant pervert the plain Meaning of Words!-Sam Adams)
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To: Soul of the South
This is a public relations fight as much as it is a judicial trial.

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.

23 posted on 04/27/2012 3:34:23 PM PDT by AndyJackson
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To: Defiant
I prefer a coldly rational and methodical legal voice.

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.

24 posted on 04/27/2012 8:27:38 PM PDT by sarasmom ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=xZsFe6dM3EY)
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