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Posted: Thursday, June 6, 2013 11:12 am

According to an NBC News report, a judge Thursday rejected a request from a lawyer for George Zimmerman, charged with second-degree murder in the killing of Trayvon Martin last year, to shield the identities of as many as seven witnesses at Zimmerman’s upcoming trial.

George Zimmerman at a pretrial hearing April 30.

The lawyer, Mark O’Mara, said that the seven included one eyewitness to the altercation between Zimmerman and Martin on the night of Feb. 26, 2012.

O’Mara said that the concerns of the potential trial witnesses included “personal concerns for their safety.” He suggested that the judge allow them to testify behind a screen, in view of jurors but not of reporters.

“At this time, the motion is denied,” said the judge, Debra Nelson of Seminole County Circuit Court in Florida.

A prosecutor, John Guy, had opposed the request to shield trial witnesses. He said that it might be “alarming and confusing to a juror and might otherwise highlight their testimony when it shouldn’t be highlighted.”

A lawyer for The Orlando Sentinel had also opposed the request, arguing that lawyers for Zimmerman had not met the high legal standard for restricting public access to a trial proceeding.

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6 comments:

  • Charmed posted at 12:21 am on Wed, Jul 3, 2013.

    Charmed Posts: 2

    I SAY AND I REPEAT ,,,,PUT ZIMMERMAN ON THE CHAIR FOR HIS DEFENSE,,LET THE JUDGE AND LAWYERS ASK HIM AWAY,,LET THE GUY SPEAK,,DAT IS WHAT THE WORLD WANTS,,THAT IS WHAT THE TEENAGER FAMILY WANT,,STOP ALL THIS RUCKESS ASKING QUESTIONS,,PUT THE MAN TO SPEAK AND AFTER,,SHARE YA WORDS AND YA GRIEF,,ALLL THIS ASKING AND ASKING AND ASKING????? IS SICK,,GET TO THE EFFIN POINT!! TWO FAMILIES SAD AND GRIEVING,,ONE OVER HUSBAND AND ONE OVER THEIR SON?? SERIOUSLY,,,GROW A HEART,,2 PEOPLE AT STAKE HERE AND THE WHOLE WIDE WORLD WTCHING,,ITS A SHAME,,DATS WHY I HATE WATCHING TE NEWS,,BECAUSE YOU GUYS ARE ALL DRAMA AND WORSE AS INSTEGATORS,,INCLUDING THE WORLD PEOPLE

     
  • Charmed posted at 11:02 pm on Tue, Jul 2, 2013.

    Charmed Posts: 2

    YOU DO HAVE FACTS ABOUT THE THIS DISTURBANCE,I WAS WRONG FOR UNDERESTIMATING. BUT THERES ONE QUESTION, WHERE? WE ALL KNOW. HOW AND WHY DID THIS DOMESTIC VIOLENCE STARTED FROM? WHO MADE THE FIRST AND EXACT MOVE?WHERE AND WHY DID THIS VILOENT COMMOTION STARTED OVER? WAS IT DISCRIMINATING? WAS IT A SECRET UNDER BOTH PARTIES THAT WE HAVE NO CLOSE KNOWLEDGE OF WITHOUT THE DECEICED VOICE? I AM ASKINF FOR THE WHOLE U.S OF AMERICA GETTING INVOLVED IN A SUCH CASE.

     
  • Charmed posted at 10:49 pm on Tue, Jul 2, 2013.

    Charmed Posts: 2

    I deny. In this natural, disturbing and ireesponsible adult versus teenager child case,,i don have the picture indeed for facts and you do not either...we are called "PREDICTORS",, have been watching this disaster ,sad and uncalled ,disruptive news,,but THE MAIN QUESTION: WHAT WAS THE TEENAGE BOY DOING AT SUCH HOUR OUT WALKING AROUND THE NEIGHBORHOOD? IT DOESNT MATTER WHERE HIS FEET WAS WALKING ON...EVEN IF HIS PARENTS WERE AT A SUCH DISTANCE FROM HIM AND EVEN IFHE WAS BUYING MUNCHIES,I PRAYTELL HE WAS,,WHAT STATED THE ARGUMENT OR FIGHT OR THIS UNDESIRABLE COMMOTION OF ONE DEFENSE AND ONE DEAD!!!???? IT IS NOT BALANCED,,THIS SITUATION IS NOT BALANCED...I ASK,,WHAT WAS TRAYVON DOING WALKING AROUND AT HIS AGE AT A LATE TIME IF HE IS SO REPRESENTED AS AGOOD BOY!! GOOD CHILDREN GONE BAD? IM SUPPOSED?

     
  • Charmed posted at 10:38 pm on Tue, Jul 2, 2013.

    Charmed Posts: 2

    That may be right and also wrong to those that upmost cannot and wont, and without a rightful defense to themselves with and without rejection against their further right of agreement and will.

     
  • Charmed posted at 10:29 pm on Tue, Jul 2, 2013.

    Charmed Posts: 2

    My name is Ana Quinones. I live in Hartford CT. I am the type of person that I do not like to watch the newsexcept the weather. In condition to this case what can I say,,I am a mother of a 12 year old son and a daughter of 9..My most question to this whole sad, undesired, and unresponsible case of an adult man versus a teenager boy in our society....My main question is,,what was the boy, at such hour and time doing walking around and about, at his age? I mean, my son is 12 years old and if he is not around me, his mother,, he is with my famiy members,,and the way I have rules for my children is kept. This is my question that I do not hear in the court while I'm watching it live from home..how about that question? What was Tryvon doing at that time,his age doing walking about,,even if he was just buying some munchies? It Is known that the child liked to smoke marijuana. It is known that marijuana smokers tend to have that abdominal urge of eating junk food. Pray tell my question?

     
  • John Flanagan posted at 8:29 am on Fri, Jun 7, 2013.

    John Flanagan Posts: 325

    Although it is probably correct to deny the motion to shield the witnesses in this case, it does seem possible that these witnesses may be harassed or even assaulted, given the high profile racial component of the trial.
    Having kept abreast of the past televised trials, especially the Jodi Arias case, it seems there are many people out there today who are either bored or crazy, take the trials personally, set up Facebook sites in support of either side, and out of most of the harmless court watchers, there are a few vicious enough to be violent towards a witness for either side.

     

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