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Zimmerman judge refuses to step down

By AP Staff

SANFORD, Fla. (AP) - A central Florida judge says he's staying on the case of a neighborhood watch volunteer charged with killing an unarmed teenager.

In a Wednesday ruling, Circuit Judge Kenneth Lester denied a motion by George Zimmerman's defense attorney to disqualify himself because of disparaging remarks he made during a bond hearing.

Zimmerman's attorney, Mark O'Mara, filed the motion after the July 5 bond hearing during which Lester questioned Zimmerman's honesty and suggested he plotted to leave the country.

Zimmerman is accused of fatally shooting Trayvon Martin in a Sanford neighborhood in February.

Lester said Zimmerman "flaunted the system" by failing to disclose how much money he'd raised through donations and that it appeared he was preparing to flee to avoid prosecution for second-degree murder.

Zimmerman is currently staying in an unknown location.

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  1. BillzillaComment by Billzilla
    August 1, 2012 @ 12:51 pm

    The press has already tried Zimmerman, and found him guilty of a racial motivated murder. So now there’s no need to have a trial in a court room where both sides may present their evidence, and a jury can decide guilt or innocence.

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  2. billwvComment by billwv
    August 1, 2012 @ 12:54 pm

    This [idiot] judge needs to flee to someplace where they teach jurisprudence. He is ‘after’ Zimmerman; as is the Florida special prosecutor. I really hope Zimmerman gets a jury that is like-minded to me and the commentors on GOPUSA. His only hope is to get a judge and jury that can ‘think and act responsibly’ [which this Judge Lester has refused to do].
    Judge Lester must be a Dimocrazy.
    My prayers are with you, Mr. Zimmerman.

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  3. bna42Comment by bna42
    August 1, 2012 @ 4:52 pm

    We all understand by now that the “fix is in”. Zimmerman will be the scapegoat because Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton will insist on it, and they will need to be pacified.

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  4. cynicalobserverComment by cynicalobserver
    August 1, 2012 @ 7:07 pm

    The judge wants the notoriety this case has received as it is a news media invention.

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  5. John PrewettComment by John Prewett
    August 1, 2012 @ 8:08 pm

    Pro Trayvon is pro thug/pro disarming the law abiding.

    And it is as likely Holmes was a “lone nut”
    as it is likely that Oswald was a “lone nut.”

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  6. CharlieComment by vietnamvet
    August 1, 2012 @ 8:38 pm

    This judge wants to see Zimmerman ‘beat down’ and he obviously plans to stay around so he can do that himself.

    Somebody PLEASE tell me this dude holds an elected position, and that he can be voted out.

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