George Zimmerman Asks For New Judge, Citing Case Conflict

His lawyer made the request Monday

Monday, Apr 16, 2012  |  Updated 5:11 PM EDT
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Prosecutor's Charge Against Zimmerman "Excellent Legal Strategy": Attorney

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George Zimmerman, center, stands with a Seminole County deputy and his attorney Mark O'Mara during a court hearing Thursday April 12 in Sanford. Zimmerman has been charged with second-degree murder in the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin of Miami Gardens.

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Judge in Zimmerman Case May Have Conflict

The judge hearing the George Zimmerman second-degree murder case may have a potential conflict, she said at a Friday hearing.Seminole County Circuit Judge Jessica Recksiedler announced that her husband works with an attorney who has been hired to act as an analyst on the case for CNN.Recksiedler said she scheduled the brief hearing because she wanted to make prosecutors and Zimmerman's attorney aware of the situation.

Prosecutor's Charge Against Zimmerman "Excellent Legal Strategy": Attorney

Defense attorney Ken Padowitz calls the second-degree murder charge that State Attorney Angela Corey brought against George Zimmerman an "excellent legal strategy for the prosecutor." "She's brilliant in how she went about this strategically, by charging him with second-degree murder, the jury at any future trial will now have an option of coming back guilty as charged with second-degree murder or a compromise verdict of manslaughter," he says. But winning a conviction will not be easy, Padowitz notes. He also expects that Zimmerman's defense attorney, Mark O'Mara, will attempt to use Florida's "Stand Your Ground" law to get immunity for Zimmerman, 28, who is charged in the Feb. 26 shooting of Trayvon Martin, 17, of Miami Gardens.
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George Zimmerman is asking a judge in the Trayvon Martin shooting case to step down after she revealed a potential conflict of interest.

Zimmerman's attorney, Mark O'Mara, filed the request Monday in Seminole County Circuit Court. O'Mara later said Circuit Judge Jessica Recksiedler revealed the potential conflict last week and that he wants the issue to be addressed now rather than later if there ends up being a conflict.

Zimmerman has been charged with second-degree murder Martin's Feb. 26 death. Zimmerman is pleading not guilty, saying it was self-defense.

Recksiedler's potential conflict involves her husband, who works with Orlando attorney Mark NeJame.

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

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