Media Fights Efforts to Seal Zimmerman Records

13 media companies is challenging prosecutors' request to seal discovery materials

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    George Zimmerman appears before Circuit Judge Kenneth R. Lester Jr. Friday, April 20, 2012, during a bond hearing in Sanford, Fla. Lester says Zimmerman can be released on $150,000 bail as he awaits trial for the shooting death of Trayvon Martin. Zimmerman is charged with second-degree murder in the shooting of Martin. He claims self-defense. (AP Photo/Orlando Sentinel, Gary W. Green, Pool)

    A consortium of 13 media companies, including The Associated Press, is challenging efforts to seal certain documents in the second-degree murder case of the neighborhood watch volunteer charged with killing Trayvon Martin.

    The list includes most of Florida's major media organizations. The motions filed Tuesday challenged efforts by both prosecutors and George Zimmerman's attorney to prevent the release of witness names and statements that he made to police officers.

    A hearing is set for Friday.

    Prosecutors say Zimmerman's statements are inconsistent, and Zimmerman's attorney believes his emails and text messages could prejudice potential jurors.

    Zimmerman's Bond Court Hearing

    [MI] Zimmerman's Bond Court Hearing
    George Zimmerman apologized to the parents of Trayvon Martin and was granted a $150,000 bail by a judge at a Friday morning hearing in a Seminole County courtroom. Hear from the Zimmerman family via phone in court. (Published Sunday, Apr 22, 2012)

    Both sides also say they worry that witnesses will be harassed if their names are released.

    The media's motions say the attorneys' requests are too broad.

    Issues for George Zimmerman Posting Bond

    [MI] Issues for George Zimmerman Posting Bond
    Kim Palmer, owner of A-1 bail bonds, talks about issues surrounding George Zimmerman posting bond, as demonstrators led by Pastor Terry Jones hold a protest to support Zimmerman. (Published Monday, Apr 23, 2012)

    Zimmerman has pleaded not guilty, claiming self-defense.

     

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