Judge Quits Travon Martin Case, Cites Conflict

By: The News Service of Florida; AP Email
By: The News Service of Florida; AP Email

April 19, 2012

Seminole County Circuit Judge Jessica Recksiedler on Wednesday disqualified herself from hearing the case against George Zimmerman. Recksiedler stepped aside because of her husband's connection to a lawyer who will be a TV commentator on the case against Zimmerman, who is accused of second degree murder in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin in Sanford in February. One other judge in the circuit has also said he has a conflict, putting Judge Kenneth M. Lester, Jr., in line to preside over the case, which will be one of the most watched in the nation this year. "Even though Judge Recksiedler had to grant the motion for disqualification in this case, she is very capable of presiding over this or any other criminal case and I have complete confidence in Judge Lester as well," the circuit's chief judge, Alan Dickey, said in a statement. Recksiedler's husband is a law partner of Mark NeJame who has been hired by CNN to provide analysis of the Zimmerman case, and who recommended Zimmerman's attorney to the defendant. NeJame was approached by Zimmerman to defend him, but NeJame had already been hired by CNN, and recommended several lawyers, including Mark O'Mara, who agreed to represent Zimmerman.

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ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - April 18, 2012 - 3:15pm

The judge presiding over the Trayvon Martin shooting case has removed herself after George Zimmerman's attorney said she had a possible conflict of interest.

Florida Circuit Judge Jessica Recksiedler recused herself Wednesday because of a potential conflict that relates to her husband.

He works with Orlando attorney Mark NeJame, who was first approached by Zimmerman's family to represent the neighborhood watch volunteer.

But NeJame declined and referred them to Mark O'Mara, who is now representing Zimmerman. NeJame has since been hired by CNN to comment on the case.

Judge Kenneth M. Lester Jr. will preside over the case.

Zimmerman is charged with second-degree murder for the Feb. 26 shooting of the 17-year-old Martin. Zimmerman said he shot Martin in self-defense after Martin attacked him. Martin was unarmed.

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April 18, 2012 -

A Seminole County circuit judge who was assigned to hear the second degree murder case against Trayvon Martin shooter George Zimmerman will rule on a motion to disqualify her by the end of the week, a spokeswoman said. Zimmerman's lawyer filed the motion because Circuit Judge Jessica Recksiedler's husband is a law partner of Mark NeJame who has been hired by CNN to provide analysis of the Zimmerman case, and who recommended Zimmerman's attorney to the defendant. NeJame was approached by Zimmerman to defend him, but NeJame had been hired by CNN, and recommended several lawyers, including Mark O'Mara, who agreed to represent Zimmerman. Recksiedler disclosed after she was assigned the case that her husband works with NeJame, and O'Mara filed the motion to have her released from the case. A statement released Tuesday by the Eighteenth Judicial Circuit said this week Recksiedler was on temporary assignment this week to hear oral arguments on the Fifth District Court of Appeal in Daytona Beach and would issue a written order on Zimmerman's motion to disqualify her no later than Friday, when there is a bond hearing scheduled in the case.

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SANFORD, Fla. (AP) --

The neighborhood watch volunteer who is charged with second-degree murder for fatally shooting Trayvon Martin is asking a judge to step down after she revealed a potential conflict of interest last week.

George Zimmerman's attorney filed the request Monday in Seminole County Circuit Court. Attorney Mark O'Mara told reporters afterward that he wanted the issue to be addressed now rather than later if there ends up being a conflict.

Circuit Judge Jessica Recksiedler's potential conflict comes from her husband, who works with Orlando attorney Mark NeJame.

Zimmerman's family first approached NeJame about representing Zimmerman. NeJame declined and referred the neighborhood watch volunteer to O'Mara. NeJame also is serving as a CNN legal analyst on the case.

Zimmerman is pleading not guilty and claims he shot in self-defense.


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  • by ralff on Apr 19, 2012 at 08:03 AM
    too bad she was hot - i was looking forward to the media circus and seeing her everyday
  • by Bud Location: Leon Co on Apr 19, 2012 at 07:45 AM
    We don't need a judge,he's already been tried and convicted by the news media...Maybe you will print this now???
  • by WOW on Apr 18, 2012 at 02:09 PM
    white male judge presiding over the case now....there goes any possible chance of a conviction and/or maximum punishment if found guilty
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      by Anonymous on Apr 18, 2012 at 03:26 PM in reply to WOW
      And if the judge had been black, would you have been as equally assured that there would have been no chance of being found not guilty and being set free? Now that I think about it for a second, your comment seems absolutely racist! If the case goes to trial, which it probably shouldn't, and Zimmerman is found not guilty, which he probably should, will the mob cry foul because of the judge's skin tone, how about the juror's color? No matter what evidence is presented, there will be those who just won't accept the verdict, and will find anything to toss on the table in objection.
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        by Truth on Apr 19, 2012 at 07:35 AM in reply to
        maybe to night I will follow you around because you don't look like you belong in this neighborhood, you look suspicious!!!
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          by Anonymous on Apr 19, 2012 at 12:35 PM in reply to Truth
          Sure, I don't have any objections to someone(you) following me, calling 911 and reporting that I'm not a person they recognize, and even asking me who I am and why I'm wandering around in their neighborhood in the rain. I will tell them(you) who I am, my reasons for being there, and that I think it's good that they are looking out for their neighbor's safety and welfare. Now before you respond with your typical idiotic answer, let me say that what I just described, has happened to me several times, due to the type work I do. I had no problem responding in a civil manner. The manner in which Martin responded to Zimmerman, attacking him and beating his head against the concrete, indicated that Zimmerman was probably right in his initial judgement of Martin "looking suspicious".
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      by Justice on Apr 18, 2012 at 03:40 PM in reply to WOW
      Well, there goes your diversity training. You need to immerse yourself in a tub of HOLY water to rid the racist poison from your system..
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      by Anonymous on Apr 18, 2012 at 06:55 PM in reply to WOW
      Yeah, too bad Al Sharpton isn't available to act as the judge.
  • by Justice For Zimmerman on Apr 18, 2012 at 01:23 PM
    The black moolinyans will a lot of race problmes. All that King wanted will be lost because of a hateful group.
  • by I don't blame her on Apr 18, 2012 at 12:30 PM
    I wouldn't want any part of this case either.
  • by Repubtallygirl Location: Crawfordville on Apr 18, 2012 at 11:39 AM
    Did you see the Press conference with Angela Corey? It was disgraceful. Read this article. Walking Papers? The Incredibly Thin, Speculative Zimmerman Affidavit http://pjmedia.com/blog/walking-papers-the-incredibly-thin-speculative-zimmerman-affidavit/
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      by Anonymous on Apr 18, 2012 at 01:01 PM in reply to Repubtallygirl
      Great article. Thanks for sharing!!
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      by Anonymous on Apr 18, 2012 at 01:14 PM in reply to Repubtallygirl
      Thanks. Excellent article. May I suggest this...http://sultanknish.blogspot.com/2012/04/we-are-all-george-zimmerman.html
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        by Truth on Apr 19, 2012 at 07:39 AM in reply to
        we are all Zimmermans so we need to all follow people around that look suspicious and look like that don't belong and shoot them!!!
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          by Anonymous on Apr 19, 2012 at 12:24 PM in reply to Truth
          Your comments just get stupider and stupider. Stop posting while you're ahead. No...nevermind...too late for that...just stop posting.
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          by Anonymous on Apr 19, 2012 at 01:57 PM in reply to Truth
          I really didn't expect you to read the article, which you obviously didn't. There were several words in it that contained more that one or two syllables.
  • by stanley gear Location: bronx ny on Apr 18, 2012 at 07:51 AM
    as long as theres na god justice will be served so it dosent matter whom he know or whom his mother an daddy were or is their are nothin compared to gods answer
    • reply
      by Anonymous on Apr 18, 2012 at 12:59 PM in reply to stanley gear
      HUH?!?!?!?!?!?
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      by AL the fox on Apr 18, 2012 at 03:42 PM in reply to stanley gear
      Just say no to drugs...
  • by dog Location: gone on Apr 18, 2012 at 06:59 AM
    This case is a CAREER KILLER, The MEDIA has made it IMPOSSIBLE to get a FAIR Trial. The Black Panthers will but out a BOUNTY on the JURY when they find Z not Guilty.
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      by Moe on Apr 19, 2012 at 06:54 AM in reply to dog
      I agree about it being impossible for him to get a fair trial. The race hustlers have frigged up their own agenda.
  • by bud Location: leon co on Apr 18, 2012 at 06:36 AM
    Why do we need a judge?The news media has already convicted him.
  • by Anonymous on Apr 18, 2012 at 06:18 AM
    Just drop the case already...
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