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Wed Jun 27, 2012, 04:35 PM

Zimmerman doesn't want to wear prison uniform in court, wants to appear W/O handcuffs or restraints



Zimmerman doesn't want to wear prison uniform in court

http://www.cfnews13.com/content/news/cfnews13/news/article.html/content/news/articles/cfn/2012/6/27/zimmerman_plain_clot.html

In a new motion filed Monday, defense attorney Mark O'Mara asked the judge to allow his client to wear civilian clothing instead of a prison uniform.

O'Mara also asked that Zimmerman be allowed to appear without handcuffs or restraints. He noted his client was allowed to wear plain clothes to his first bond hearing in April.

"It is unlikely that the interest by the media in this case will wane any time soon," said O'Mara in his latest motion. "The manner in which Mr. Zimmerman is portrayed by the media will have a tremendous impact on his ability to receive a fair trial."

O'Mara claimed the image of George Zimmerman in a jail uniform and shackles at his first court appearance has circulated across the Internet, calling the photo "extremely prejudicial" to his client.

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Reply Zimmerman doesn't want to wear prison uniform in court, wants to appear W/O handcuffs or restraints (Original post)
Amerigo Vespucci Jun 2012 OP
nadinbrzezinski Jun 2012 #1
hlthe2b Jun 2012 #2
Scootaloo Jun 2012 #3
sharp_stick Jun 2012 #4
Nye Bevan Jun 2012 #5
Amerigo Vespucci Jun 2012 #7
jmowreader Jun 2012 #11
notadmblnd Jun 2012 #6
ProudToBeBlueInRhody Jun 2012 #8
Booster Jun 2012 #9
hifiguy Jun 2012 #10

Response to Amerigo Vespucci (Original post)

Wed Jun 27, 2012, 04:36 PM

1. From the point of view of the defense, I get it

and all prisoners on trial should be allowed to wear civies, unless there is a clear and present danger, in which case restraints are there for everybody's protection.

This actually is not crazy...

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Response to nadinbrzezinski (Reply #1)

Wed Jun 27, 2012, 04:38 PM

2. Well, though I'd like to say something sarcastic in response to his request...

I agree with you. It is prejudicial. Nonetheless, if others brought to court are not allowed to do so, then why would/should he?

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Response to Amerigo Vespucci (Original post)

Wed Jun 27, 2012, 04:39 PM

3. I agree. Him and every other defendant should be afforded that much

Still, gotta admit, my first reaction was "Yeah, and Trayvon didn't want to get shot"

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Response to Amerigo Vespucci (Original post)

Wed Jun 27, 2012, 04:39 PM

4. I would agree with that

it's like the "perp walk", designed to do nothing but make the defendant look guilty and provide a show. Court rooms in this country have turned into reality TV set pieces.

Unless there is a real reason to shackle someone it should never be done IMO

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Response to Amerigo Vespucci (Original post)

Wed Jun 27, 2012, 04:40 PM

5. The suits OJ Simpson wore in court

were a lot nicer than mine.

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Response to Nye Bevan (Reply #5)

Wed Jun 27, 2012, 04:46 PM

7. Same here. Shoes, too.

I understand there are some folks out there who won't wear Bruno Magli shoes because they are considered "OJ shoes."



My guess is that in his current home at the Lovelock Correctional Center, he doesn't get to wear "OJ shoes."

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Response to Amerigo Vespucci (Reply #7)

Thu Jun 28, 2012, 12:29 AM

11. I won't wear them because they're considered "$500 shoes."

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Response to Amerigo Vespucci (Original post)

Wed Jun 27, 2012, 04:45 PM

6. he should wear what everyone else in jail waiting trial wears.

if that happens to be prison orange, then so be it.

Why is it that republicans don't think anyone should receive special treatment, but when it comes to themselves, they should?

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Response to Amerigo Vespucci (Original post)

Wed Jun 27, 2012, 04:46 PM

8. Fuck him

He thinks he's better, more proof of what this asshole is all about.

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Response to Amerigo Vespucci (Original post)

Wed Jun 27, 2012, 04:53 PM

9. I think he should wear whatever is usually worn in this particular court. No special treatment.

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Response to Amerigo Vespucci (Original post)

Wed Jun 27, 2012, 05:03 PM

10. That's not standard procedure for hearings.

For jury trials, yes, defendants can and should appear in street clothes, but for hearings in front of a judge, hell no.

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