Judge in George Zimmerman Case To Respond to Request To Step Down "No Later Than Friday"

Jessica Recksiedler said she will issue a written order by Friday

Tuesday, Apr 17, 2012  |  Updated 3:08 PM EDT
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Judge in Zimmerman Case May Have Conflict

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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.
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Seminole County Circuit Judge Jessica Recksiedler said Tuesday that she will issue a written order “no later than Friday” on George Zimmerman’s request that she step down from the case because of a potential conflict of interest.

Zimmerman’s attorney, Mark O’Mara, made the request Monday after Recksiedler said in court last week that her husband works with Orlando attorney Mark NeJame. Zimmerman’s family approached NeJame about representing Zimmerman, 28, who is charged with second-degree murder in the Feb. 26 shooting of Miami Gardens teen Trayvon Martin in Sanford, but NeJame declined and referred them to O’Mara, who came on board last week.

In addition, NeJame has been hired as a CNN legal analyst for the case.

O’Mara said Monday that he wants the issue to be addressed now rather than later in case there is a conflict.

The Eighteenth Judicial Circuit said in a statement Tuesday that Recksiedler “is on temporary assignment from the Florida Supreme Court, hearing oral arguments at the Fifth District Court of Appeal in Daytona Beach.”

Zimmerman has pleaded not guilty, saying he shot Martin, 17, in self-defense.

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