April 17th, 2012
03:29 AM ET

Zimmerman's lawyer confident judge will leave case

The attorney for George Zimmerman, says he is confident his motion to have a Florida judge removed from his client's case will be granted.

"I think she's going to go ahead and grant it and move the case on to another judge," Mark O'Mara, the lawyer, said Monday night.

Zimmerman's defense team formally requested Monday that Seminole Circuit Judge Jessica Recksiedler, the Florida judge assigned to their client's case, be removed after she revealed her husband works with a CNN legal analyst.

O'Mara's office filed paperwork Monday asking that Recksiedler not preside over second-degree murder proceedings involving Zimmerman and the motion to "disqualify" the trial judge "will be ruled on in the appropriate manner," a court official said.

Zimmerman, a 28-year-old neighborhood watch volunteer, fatally shot teenager Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Florida, on February 26, a killing he has said was in self-defense. Since then, the case has stirred civil rights activists nationwide and drawn intense publicity

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  1. ♚Mmmmm♛

    ....oh and what if another judge had drinks, played golf, ate dinner, double dated, attend the same conferences and sit together with the same CNN legal analyst...O'Mara knows the legal comunity is small...is this really a big issue...nada!...everyone has been exposed to the media's wacked version of evidence...girl stand your ground an say
    hell-to-the-no im not recusin...then blow rasberries in the mic for the legal transcriptionist to see if she can spell that...

    April 17, 2012 at 6:03 am | Report abuse |
  2. Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©™

    If there ever was a case that needed the objectivity, wisdom, and complete absence of hysteria displayed by Solomon, it is this Trayvon case.
    It is possible that Zimmerman could not get a truly unbiased jury anywhere. Only a fearless and brilliant judge could handle this circus.
    I failed to pick up the ten T-shirts in which I intended to invest. They would have been worth good money when my grandchildren are elderly.

    April 17, 2012 at 8:10 am | Report abuse |
  3. ronvan

    Simple fact that this case has become so big that you do not want any problems coming up during the trial. YES, I do think that a senior judge should be involved with this one. A judge that will not take any bull, follow the law and let the jury decide.

    April 17, 2012 at 9:24 am | Report abuse |
  4. Michael

    The possible political and social ramifications of this *sic* trial are way beyond wether or not Mr. Zimmerman murdered a young man, that any person from Judge to Jury member that does not want to be empaneld and has a sane reason upon why they should be exempted should be mandated as a Juror. My reasoning? As to Jury selection, that by now it is impossible to find an unbiased peer of either the dead or of the survivor. And wether Judge or Juror that wants to be involed is going to do so for their own noteriety rather than any duty to bring Justice to the issue.

    April 17, 2012 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Candy

    It probably does not matter who the judge is – when all the facts are reported – Zimmerman will be free but with the jungle mentality of many he may never be free as he will have to hide the rest of his life. Even if they find out that Martin was breaking into the homes – those who want it anyother way will never accept it. He should have thought of that when he purchased the gun maybe chose some mace to protect himself. Now that he has killed someone, whether to protect himself or what ever, he will never be the same.

    April 17, 2012 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • AllBlack85

      As you said,"once all the facts are out" which means for you to say he will be found innocent is bs.

      April 17, 2012 at 9:18 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Greek American

    Judge Recksiedler is probably thrilled to not have to be involved now in this case in any way, shape, or form.

    April 17, 2012 at 11:08 pm | Report abuse |