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08-14-2012, 12:08 AM #481
Zimmerman defense lawyers won't argue 'stand-your-ground' in Florida shooting case
ORLANDO, Florida Ė The attorney for the man who shot and killed unarmed Florida teenager Trayvon Martin said Monday he'll seek to get the case dismissed using a traditional self-defense argument and not the state's "stand your ground" statute.
Mark O'Mara, who is defending George Zimmerman against a second-degree murder charge in the fatal February shooting, said the traditional self-defense approach is appropriate because the facts suggest his client couldn't retreat from a beating Martin was giving him.
Zimmerman's attorneys had said last week that they would use Florida's controverial "stand your ground" law, which allows people to use deadly force -- rather than retreat -- if they believe their lives are in danger.
"The facts don't seem to support a `stand your ground' defense," O'Mara said.
With much of the administrative aspects of the case already completed, O'Mara said that they are ready to begin setting up depositions for the state's witness list. Specific dates for those to begin are still being determined, however.
O'Mara said they have seen about 80 to 90 percent of the state's evidence in the case and that they would start the deposition process with the first responders to the shooting.
Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2012/08/13...#ixzz23URq1s6z
08-14-2012, 07:22 AM #482
George Zimmerman's Lawyer: 'Stand Your Ground' Doesn't Apply
08-14-2012, 08:53 PM #483
ORLANDO, Fla. -
George Zimmerman says in an appeal that the judge presiding over his murder trial has made disparaging remarks about him.
The former neighborhood watch leader says in an appeal filed Tuesday that he fears Circuit Judge Kenneth Lester is biased against him and he wants a new judge to preside over his case.
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08-15-2012, 09:37 PM #484
"He really has to live as a hermit, unfortunately," said Mark O'Mara. "He's not doing well. He's getting by."
08-23-2012, 03:52 PM #485
George Zimmerman's Facebook Page Shut Down By His Attorney, Mark O'Mara
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/0...trayvon-martin^^^^^ My posts are all IMO, JMO, MOO unless I have included a link^^^^^
08-23-2012, 04:16 PM #486
Zimmerman files motion, says he's not flight risk
State responds to motion about medical records
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08-29-2012, 03:43 PM #487Registered User
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Dr. Phil Wants To Sit Down With George Zimmerman (DETAILS)
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Interesting Poll on Dr Phil link. Just scroll down.
RESULTS - George Zimmerman Poll
Thank you for taking our poll.
1) Do you believe George Zimmerman shot Trayvon Martin in self-defense?
2) George is currently charged with second-degree murder. Do you believe he should be convicted?
No.All my posts are my opinion unless I put up a link.
08-29-2012, 08:41 PM #488
The Fifth District Court of Appeal in Daytona Beach today ruled that second-degree murder suspect George Zimmerman deserves a new judge.
A three-judge panel voted 2-1 that Circuit Judge Kenneth Lester Jr. in Sanford went too far when, among other things, he wrote that Zimmerman is a manipulator.
"… this is admittedly a close call," wrote Judge C. Alan Lawson, but Lester's actions, taken in total, meet the legal standard requiring him to step aside.
A second judge, Jay Cohen, agreed. The third panel member, Kerry Evander, disagreed.
Evander wrote, "Although the trial court's order clearly manifested an exceedingly strong belief by the trial judge that Zimmerman had 'flouted' and 'tried to manipulate' the system, I do not believe the order 'crossed the line' so as to require the granting of his motion.'
08-30-2012, 01:46 PM #489
George Zimmerman granted new judge!
By Graham Winch
updated 7:14 PM EDT, Wed August 29, 2012
Zimmerman thanks supporters in new web video
What does Zimmermanís body language reveal?
A Florida appeals court granted a request by George Zimmermanís attorneys to have a new judge hear the case.
The Fifth District Court of Appeals in Daytona Beach, Florida, ruled Wednesday that Circuit Judge Kenneth Lester should recuse himself from the case.
The Orlando Sentinel reports that the appellate court decision says, "Although many of the allegations in Zimmerman's motion [for a new judge], standing alone, do not meet the legal sufficiency test, and while this is admittedly a close call, upon careful review we find that the allegations, taken together, meet the threshold test of legal sufficiency,"
The three-judge panel is requiring Lester to "enter an order of disqualification which requests the chief circuit judge to appoint a successor judge."
A new judge has not been assigned to the case yet. more at link: http://www.hlntv.com/article/2012/08...al?hpt=hln10_4Please help locate Mark Dribin http://www.websleuths.com/forums/sho...ht=Mark+Dribin and Ilene Misheloff http://www.websleuths.com/forums/sho...lene+Misheloff and bring them home.
I'm a Helicopter Parent- I know where my child is, and she's no less intelligent or creative for it.
Travis Alexander was the victim of Domestic Violence.
08-30-2012, 07:02 PM #490
George Zimmerman's new judge: Debra S. Nelson
Debra S. Nelson, the new judge assigned to George Zimmerman's case on Thursday, is a 13-year judicial veteran who has a reputation for working hard, being ambitious and imposing long prison terms...........
Defense attorney Mark O'Mara has said he would likely schedule that hearing next year.
"It will take a tremendous amount of judicial courage at this point to throw the case out following an immunity hearing," said Winter Park criminal defense attorney David Faulkner. "My guess is that any judge, Judge Nelson or otherwise, is going to let a jury decide this issue for the benefit of the public."
Bill Sheaffer, legal analyst for WFTV-Channel 9, described Nelson as "very hard-working and smart" but also pro-prosecution.
"She's conservative," he said. "I'm not so sure the defense has done themselves much good by Lester stepping aside and Nelson stepping in."
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08-31-2012, 07:34 AM #491
Zimmerman gets new judge, but lawyers say he may regret it
The new judge presiding over George Zimmerman’s murder trial is a no-nonsense jurist known for not cutting lawyers much slack.
Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/2012/08/3...#storylink=cpy
09-07-2012, 06:10 PM #492
George Zimmerman defense wants Trayvon Martin school records
After months of defending George Zimmerman and reacting to state-gathered records, his lawyers late this week shifted gear and formally began their hunt for evidence about Trayvon Martin, the teenager he killed.
Their first target is Trayvon's school records, which include damaging information about the Miami Gardens teen.
On Thursday, Zimmerman's lawyers issued several subpoenas, asking for disciplinary records, attendance records and test scores dating back to middle school. Defense lawyer Mark O'Mara indicated in a blog post Friday that he also will likely soon ask for what Trayvon wrote and posted on social media sites.............
"I believe it's O'Mara doing what any good defense attorney does, and that's called fishing," said Bill Sheaffer, WFTV-Channel 9 legal analyst. "You throw a thousand stones in the sea and hope that one hits a fish."
Martin family attorney Ben Crump described the defense team's actions as a "witch hunt to try to assault [Trayvon's] character."
"None of those things that are being subpoenaed is relevant to why Zimmerman profiled and pursued Trayvon and shot him in the heart," Crump told the Orlando Sentinel.
O'Mara may not get his hands on the school records, said Orlando attorney Richard Hornsby, because defense records subpoenas require court approval. He predicted both the state and Martin family would object.............
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09-10-2012, 07:30 AM #493
George Zimmerman’s defense lawyers will subpoena Facebook, Twitter and Miami-Dade schools in a widespread pursuit of clues to suggest that Trayvon Martin could have thrown the first punch on the night he was killed, a sign that attorneys are going into attack mode in preparation for their case.
A series of notices were sent last week to Miami-Dade Schools Superintendent Alberto Carvalho and the principals of the schools Trayvon attended, advising that subpoenas for copies of the slain teen’s academic and attendance records would be issued in 10 days’ time.
Similar warnings are expected to be sent this week to the popular social networking sites where Trayvon maintained accounts, defense attorney Mark O’Mara said.
Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/2012/09/0...#storylink=cpy
09-11-2012, 09:59 PM #494
The federal air marshal who took George Zimmerman in after he shot Trayvon Martin has written a book about his controversial friend, and appeared on a national TV show Tuesday to say Zimmerman was a peaceful, loving — and innocent — man.
Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/2012/09/1...#storylink=cpy
09-14-2012, 05:56 PM #495
People came lugging photographs of slain relatives and telling gut-wrenching stories of unpunished deaths or wrongful convictions.
They’ve written some 8,000 emails and letters, many penned by hand, telling the Florida Task Force on Citizen Safety and Protection a thing or two about the state’s self-defense law. One letter came from a first grader. More than 500 have called in by phone, with a majority — almost 80 percent — voicing support for the law dubbed “shoot first.”
Nearly seven months after the death of Miami Gardens teenager Trayvon Martin, thousands of people around the state, country and even abroad have offered feedback to Florida’s Stand Your Ground task force, the panel appointed by Gov. Rick Scott to examine the controversial self defense law. About 100 have done so in person.
The group held its first Miami-Dade meeting in Cutler Bay Thursday, where the few task force members who spoke up largely displayed an unwavering commitment to the law’s principles.
Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/2012/09/1...#storylink=cpy
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