Tags: trayvon | martin | case

Florida Judge Rejects Gag Motion in Martin Case

Monday, 29 Oct 2012 06:31 PM

 

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
A Florida judge on Monday rejected an attempt by prosecutors to silence lawyers for George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch captain charged with murdering unarmed black teen Trayvon Martin.

Assistant State Attorney Bernie de la Rionda had requested a gag order contending that the lawyers' press conferences and Internet posts would taint the potential jury pool.

"This court does not find that a gag order is necessary at this time to guarantee a fair trial," Judge Debra Nelson wrote, siding with both Zimmerman's lawyer, Mark O'Mara, and lawyers from media companies who argued against limiting information about the case.

Zimmerman's case has attracted national media interest and triggered public outrage because police initially declined to arrest him after he shot and killed 17-year-old Martin on the night of Feb. 26.

Zimmerman, 29, is currently free on a $1 million bond and living in an undisclosed location near Sanford awaiting his trial, which is due to begin June 10.

O'Mara insisted in court that he was only trying to respond to a "tidal wave" of inaccurate information about Zimmerman.

Lawyers for several media companies argued that other remedies existed to ensure a fair trial short of muzzling the lawyers.

In her order, Nelson agreed that she could counter excess publicity by moving the trial to another county, summoning a larger than normal jury pool to find unbiased jurors and issuing stern instructions to the jury to decide the case based only on evidence presented in court.

© 2014 Thomson/Reuters. All rights reserved.

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Country
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
Top Stories
You May Also Like

Living Large: The Scandal of Bishops' Residences

Friday, 24 Oct 2014 20:31 PM

Camden, N.J., is one of the poorest cities in the U.S. So it was a shock earlier this year when reports surfaced that Bi . . .

Judge Rules Oklahoma Abortion Law Can Take Effect

Friday, 24 Oct 2014 20:09 PM

A new Oklahoma law that requires clinics to have a physician with admitting privileges at a nearby hospital present when . . .

Suspect Arrested in Death of 2 California Deputies

Friday, 24 Oct 2014 19:54 PM

Officials say a second sheriff's deputy has died after being shot by a suspect who has now been apprehended for four sho . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved