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Mon Apr 16, 2012, 06:55 PM

George Zimmerman's attorney Mark O' Mara files request for judge to recuse herself...

Source: CBS News

from the Trayvon Martin case

(CBS) SANFORD, Fla. - Mark O' Mara, George Zimmerman's attorney, filed a request that the judge assigned to his client's case recuse herself on Monday, reports CBS affiliate WKMG.

O'Mara met with Zimmerman at the John E. Polk Correctional Facility on Monday to have him sign the motion, which asks for Circuit Court Judge Jessica Recksiedler to recuse herself so that a new judge can be appointed before Zimmerman's bond hearing on Friday.


Read more: http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-504083_162-57414839-504083/george-zimmermans-attorney-mark-o-mara-files-request-for-judge-to-recuse-herself-from-the-trayvon-martin-case/

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Reply George Zimmerman's attorney Mark O' Mara files request for judge to recuse herself... (Original post)
PoliticAverse Apr 2012 OP
PoliticAverse Apr 2012 #1
vaberella Apr 2012 #9
former9thward Apr 2012 #15
DallasNE Apr 2012 #19
asjr Apr 2012 #2
wandy Apr 2012 #5
customerserviceguy Apr 2012 #12
kiri Apr 2012 #17
customerserviceguy Apr 2012 #18
4th law of robotics Apr 2012 #22
Bjorn Against Apr 2012 #3
whistler162 Apr 2012 #4
PoliticAverse Apr 2012 #6
magical thyme Apr 2012 #7
Bjorn Against Apr 2012 #8
vaberella Apr 2012 #10
csziggy Apr 2012 #11
onenote Apr 2012 #21
PoliticAverse Apr 2012 #23
Sarah Ibarruri Apr 2012 #13
PoliticAverse Apr 2012 #14
Sarah Ibarruri Apr 2012 #16
onenote Apr 2012 #20

Response to PoliticAverse (Original post)

Mon Apr 16, 2012, 06:58 PM

1. WKMG story with more details...


O'Mara became Zimmerman's attorney after being recommended by attorney Mark NeJame, who was contacted by Zimmerman's family. Recksiedler's husband, Jason Recksiedler, works at NeJame's law firm. Recksiedler has been a judge for nine months and was chosen out of a lottery to oversee the trial.

"Because she's related to Mr. NeJame's office and this case is going to get so much scrutiny, it makes sense to address it and resolve it now," O'Mara said. He said he doesn't suggest Recksiedler would be biased, but that it's better to address it sooner rather than later.

http://www.clickorlando.com/news/George-Zimmerman-s-attorney-files-motion-for-new-judge/-/1637132/10922106/-/14oohi9/-/index.html

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Response to PoliticAverse (Reply #1)

Mon Apr 16, 2012, 07:13 PM

9. I like this O'Mara guy more and more.

I always get the vibe that he's working against his client though. Just in the things he says presently and in the past gives me the vibe that he's for the prosecution. Although everything he's done is by the book and makes sense.

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Response to vaberella (Reply #9)

Mon Apr 16, 2012, 08:29 PM

15. You like someone you think is violating the eithics he took an oath to?

I don't think he is acting as you think he is but your statement would say more about you than him.

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Response to PoliticAverse (Reply #1)

Tue Apr 17, 2012, 01:51 AM

19. Judge Recksiedler Offered To Recuse Herself Over This Conflict

So this was fully expected. This could well be a tactical move by the Zimmerman family since they knew Judge Recksiedler was assigned the case and the best way to get rid of her was to go to her husbands law firm for advise thus compromising her position. I don't see how a new Judge can be expected to hold a bail hearing on such short notice so I expect a short delay to give the new Judge time to review the case. I don't see how this maneuver helps George Zimmerman nor do I see how it hurts him but the dad may know something I don't.

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Response to PoliticAverse (Original post)

Mon Apr 16, 2012, 06:59 PM

2. Now we go judge shopping.

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Response to asjr (Reply #2)

Mon Apr 16, 2012, 07:08 PM

5. If not judge shopping, at least attempting to make as much profet as possable....

Their are those donating to the 'defence' fund. Each and every leagel action is another check.
We might as well get used to it.
This story will continue to be rewritten for a long, long time.
sad.

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Response to asjr (Reply #2)

Mon Apr 16, 2012, 07:40 PM

12. Not judge shopping

Judge mind-fucking. If this judge does not recuse herself, then she will feel a subtle pressure during the trial to bend over backwards to give in to most things Zimmerman's lawyer wants. And she won't even know it.

If she does recuse, it sends a signal to the next judge that Zimmerman's attorney is not to be screwed with. There are so very many games that a truly smart attorney can play, even before the trial.

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Response to customerserviceguy (Reply #12)

Mon Apr 16, 2012, 08:58 PM

17. top notch

Merely requesting recusal sets the stage for later appeals. And as you said, tilts the stage in favor of Zimmerman and his attorney. It is a very clever ploy. Have to appreciate that Mara knows many tricks. And if the prosecutors are not up to this level, they will lose. Likely the prosecutors are sadly lacking.

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Response to kiri (Reply #17)

Mon Apr 16, 2012, 11:37 PM

18. This guy

Didn't take the case because he was bored and had nothing better to do. He wanted a forum on a national stage where he could really show rich perps how he could skillfully use the courts to get any result they paid him for.

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Response to customerserviceguy (Reply #12)

Tue Apr 17, 2012, 10:35 AM

22. Didn't she offer to recuse herself?

 

I forget the reason but I remember seeing that it was initially her decision (or at least she stated the possibility).

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Response to PoliticAverse (Original post)

Mon Apr 16, 2012, 07:02 PM

3. On what grounds?

Nowhere in the text of the article does it say any reason as to why she should recuse herself. Does anyone know? I heard of the one judge recusing herself because she was married to a person who has connections to CNN, but my understanding was that she already recused herself last week so my assumption is that this must be a different judge. Is there a legitimate reason to ask her to recuse herself or are they just shopping for judges?

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Response to Bjorn Against (Reply #3)

Mon Apr 16, 2012, 07:06 PM

4. The judge gave both sides the option of

requesting her recusal. Zimmerman's lawyer took her up on the option.

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Response to Bjorn Against (Reply #3)

Mon Apr 16, 2012, 07:08 PM

6. No she offered to recuse herself, now apparently a formal motion has been filed asking her to.

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Response to Bjorn Against (Reply #3)

Mon Apr 16, 2012, 07:10 PM

7. yes, and clearly not judge-shopping -- the judge and Zimmerman's lawyer have a connection

It's right in the 1st reply above, with link to another article with more detail.

The judge worked for the same attorney that recommended Zimmerman's lawyer.

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Response to Bjorn Against (Reply #3)

Mon Apr 16, 2012, 07:10 PM

8. I see the reason now in the first post...

They make it sound like it may be a legitimate reason, but it also sounds like her connection is to Zimmerman and not the prosecution so I am a bit suspicious as to why the defense would ask her to recuse herself, I don't think they would ask her to recuse herself if they thought she would be biased towards Zimmerman. Did they intentionally create this conflict in order to keep her off the case?

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Response to Bjorn Against (Reply #8)

Mon Apr 16, 2012, 07:18 PM

10. Actually it makes perfect sense.

This case is getting a lot of public scrutiny. If the media had picked up on the relationship the presiding judge had to Zimmerman during the trial it would be a fiasco. You and I both know Al Sharpton, Lawrence O'Donnell and the like would be over that like white on rice. About the conflict of interest, the biasedness of the judge and so on and so forth and the fact that she might not be fair in her decision.

It would just have been made into a media circus. That's why I appreciate O'Mara's statement about addressing the issue sooner rather than later. It could damage the case irreparably.

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Response to Bjorn Against (Reply #8)

Mon Apr 16, 2012, 07:22 PM

11. The other piece of it is that Mark Nejame, the judge's boss, recommended O'Mara

As one of several lawyers for Zimmerman to pick from. Zimmerman tried to hire Nejame March 13, Nejame turned him down. Last week when Zimmerman's attorneys quit, he contacted Nejame again and Nejame gave Zimmerman a list of attorneys. O'Mara was on the list.

It's not so much the judge's direct link, but that her husband's boss had a very direct contact with Zimmerman. I think recusal is correct and am glad that this is happening.

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Response to Bjorn Against (Reply #8)

Tue Apr 17, 2012, 09:08 AM

21. They could not have "intentionally created this conflict"

O'Mara took on the job of representing Zimmerman before Judge Reckseidler was assigned the case.

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Response to onenote (Reply #21)

Tue Apr 17, 2012, 10:46 AM

23. And Reckseidler was 'chosen at random' to hear the case. n/t

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Response to PoliticAverse (Original post)

Mon Apr 16, 2012, 08:22 PM

13. SEALED RECORDS? nt

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Response to Sarah Ibarruri (Reply #13)

Mon Apr 16, 2012, 08:27 PM

14. Don't taint the jury pool by trying the case in the press first. n/t

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Response to PoliticAverse (Reply #14)

Mon Apr 16, 2012, 08:33 PM

16. That's true, but this recusal is intriguing... nt

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Response to PoliticAverse (Original post)

Tue Apr 17, 2012, 08:14 AM

20. I'm curious whether any of those posting in this thread are lawyers

with experience in the Florida court system. I see a lot of speculation but not a lot of actual information.
The information I have been able to glean from some research and a call with a former colleague who now practices in Florida is that the judge assigned to the case is a relatively new judge with limited experience in criminal cases; thus, it is unlikely that either side has much sense of how she would handle this particular case. Also, judges in Florida criminal cases are, as is typical in many jurisdictions, assigned randomly for the most part. (There are exceptions where a case is related to another case that a particular judge handled or where workload considerations counsel against giving a judge overlapping cases).

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