Zimmerman’s lawyer: I want a new judge
George Zimmerman’s attorney on Monday asked the judge in the case to step down because of a possible conflict of interest.
On Friday, O’Mara told Circuit Judge Jessica Recksiedler he was on the verge of asking her to step aside. Her husband is the law partner of Mark NeJame, who currently works for CNN as an analyst on the Zimmerman case.
O’Mara told reporters that he met with Zimmerman on Monday, and they discussed what to do about the judge and decided to ask for a new one.
“What I don’t want to happen,” O’Mara told reporters Monday, “is to wait a month or two then find out what we thought was a potential conflict is an actual conflict.”
Chief Judge Alan Dickey confirmed the filing late Monday afternoon.
Recksiedler is almost certain to grant the motion. Under Florida law, all a person needs to show is a reasonable belief that the judge might not be fair.
This should be a slam-dunk. Most states also allow a peremptory challenge which comes in handy if your case gets assigned to a hanging judge.
Meanwhile, the media wants to unseal all the files in People v. Zimmerman. I guess they don’t think there has been enough pretrial publicity yet. As much as I would like to seal the files, I think this motion should be denied in order to preserve what is left of Zimmerman’s right to a fair trial. A change of venue is pretty much a sure thing already.