George Zimmerman Claims Judge Is Biased, Seeks Replacement
George Zimmerman is unhappy with the judge in his second-degree murder case. Judge Kenneth Lester has released the accused killer from custody twice, but Zimmerman is still not satisfied. He has requested a new judge citing bias as the reason.
According to his legal team, Lester is being discriminatory against Zimmerman in his decision to set the 28-year-old's bond at $1 million after he was found to have lied about his finances, and possibly attempted to flee the country.“Under any definition, the defendant has flouted the system,” Lester wrote about Zimmerman.
Mike O'Mara, Zimmerman's head lawyer, called Lester's words "gratuitous," and "disparaging," claiming that he set out to attack the former neighborhood watch captain's character.
Florida law allows a judge to leave a case if one party can show proof that their actions, background, or views will hinder the accused from receiving a fair trial.
Since posting bond, Zimmerman has been transported to a safe house, protected by security. Although the trial is not expected to begin until late in the year, prosecutors have made much of the evidence compiled in the case, available to the public. The most recent documents unveiled include more witness testimony, and inquires into whether or not Zimmerman's decision to shoot Trayvon Martin, was racially motivated.
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