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Zimmerman Wins Appeal to get New Judge As he Feared First Judge was Biased Against Him

A Florida appeals court ruled on Wednesday that George Zimmerman, a former neighborhood watch volunteer who fatally shot unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin, should be granted a new judge in his case.

The decision from the three-judge panel came in response to a motion filed by Zimmerman’s lawyer asking the court to overturn a ruling by Judge Kenneth Lester refusing to step down from the case.

‘We direct the trial judge to enter an order of disqualification,’ the state’s Fifth District Court of Appeal wrote in its opinion.

One of the judges dissented in the decision.

Forced out: The decision from the three-judge panel came in response to a motion filed by Zimmerman’s lawyer asking the court to overturn a ruling by Judge Kenneth Lester refusing to step down from the case

Zimmerman, a 28-year-old who is white and Hispanic, has pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder in the February 26 shooting death of the 17-year-old Martin.

Martin was unarmed and walking back from a store when Zimmerman called a 911 dispatcher and said the teen looked suspicious.

Zimmerman said he shot Martin in self defense after he was attacked and Martin repeatedly slammed his head to the ground.

Martin’s killing drew national attention after police initially declined to arrest Zimmerman, citing Florida’s ‘Stand Your Ground’ self-defense law and the shooter’s assertion that he used deadly force because he feared his life was in danger.

n a motion filed last month seeking a new judge, Zimmerman’s lawyer, Mark O’Mara, claimed Lester made ‘gratuitous’ and ‘disparaging remarks’ about Zimmerman and showed bias in a July 5 bond ruling raising his bond from $150,000 to $1 million.The increase came after prosecutors presented evidence that Zimmerman and his wife, Shellie, misled the judge about their finances.

Shellie Zimmerman was later charged with perjury.

Lester issued a scathing decision at the time, writing that Zimmerman ‘tried to manipulate the system.’

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3 Responses to Zimmerman Wins Appeal to get New Judge As he Feared First Judge was Biased Against Him

  1. 5 Towns Mom

    August 30, 2012 at 8:52 am

    Not only should he be excused, he should be fired. He was playing to the media and to the cameras the entire time.

    His entire behavior was unprofessional and child like

  2. A Joke

    August 30, 2012 at 9:22 am

    The entire process was a circus, he was not charged in the first place as it was obvious he defended himself, but to the pressure of the blacks, they had to make an arrest.

  3. Justice in the Garbage

    August 30, 2012 at 10:53 am

    Our justice system is so bad and flawed. This case should have never been brought to the courts, but of course its not whether you are guilty or innocent, rather if the media decides what you should be.

    I cannot wait to see the day that a DA gets up and says, i know you are all protesting and you are trying to play the race card, but he did nothing wrong.

    They are gutless