Judge disqualifies herself from George Zimmerman case
CNN contributor Mark NeJame said Judge Jessica Recksiedler (pictured) did nothing improper by waiting to be asked to recuse herself.
April 18th, 2012
03:20 PM ET

Judge disqualifies herself from George Zimmerman case

A Florida judge Wednesday approved a motion to disqualify herself from the criminal case involving a neighborhood watch volunteer who fatally shot 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, according to the court.

The defense team for George Zimmerman requested Monday that Seminole Circuit Judge Jessica Recksiedler, who was assigned to Zimmerman's case, be removed after she revealed that her husband works with a CNN legal analyst.

Zimmerman's defense attorney, Mark O'Mara, had said Monday he was confident the motion would be granted.

Recksiedler said in her decision that while the findings on each basis were "legally insufficient" for disqualification, "the cumulative effect of the events and the totality of the circumstances provides a legally sufficient basis for this court to grant the motion to disqualify," a statement from the court said.

Zimmerman, 28, fatally shot Martin in Sanford, Florida, on February 26, a killing he has said was in self-defense. The case has stirred civil rights activists nationwide and drawn intense publicity.

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  1. ronvan

    WELL, here is a question? Are we going to TRUST our legal system or not? YES, I do beleive that after so much national press on this tragedy it will be hard to find someone who isn't biased. BUT what are our options? Sad state of affairs.

    April 18, 2012 at 6:42 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Charles manson

    The jury, judge, prosector,and the cop in the court room should all be black

    April 18, 2012 at 7:51 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Charles manson

    I ment prosecutor

    April 18, 2012 at 7:52 pm | Report abuse |
  4. fluffyporcupine

    Mr. Zimmerman, you have been found guilty of leaving 180 lbs of trash at a neighborhood. $50 dollar fine, pay the clerk on your way out.

    Next Case!!!!

    April 18, 2012 at 8:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • realitychase

      Trash...takes one to know one.

      April 18, 2012 at 10:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • dave

      go post that garbage at some kkk website

      April 19, 2012 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Greek American

    Does anyone on here actually think that this judge is upset by this? Hahahahaha no way! No judge or jury would want any part of this trial now after all this media coverage and speculation. Good luck on the trial! Ha!

    April 18, 2012 at 9:48 pm | Report abuse |
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    April 19, 2012 at 3:03 am | Report abuse |
  7. FirstThoughtoftheDay

    That judge is a hottie. Wonder what she's got on undar that robe. I'd get her into a grey and pink satin corset and make her say, "The defendant may approach the bench." Then I'd tell her, "How do you plead?" "Guilty of being a very bad girl!"

    April 19, 2012 at 9:09 am | Report abuse |
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