Judge In George Zimmerman Trial Rules Against The Defense By Refusing To Step Aside
Sanford, Fla. -
Judge Kenneth Lester has ruled this morning that he will not step aside, after a defense motion three weeks ago for the Judge to recuse himself arguing that George Zimmerman will not get a fair trial and that the judge has already showed bias and unfairness.
Mark O'Mara, Zimmerman's defense attorney, made the motion because Judge Lester had wrote in a bond order releasing Zimmerman that Zimmerman is manipulator who was gaming the criminal justice system, which some have said is a conclusion or conviction of guilt by the judge.
George Zimmerman has yet to go to trial for any charges and his guilt or innocence has yet to be determined in court and he has not been convicted of anything as of now.
In Judge Lester's ruling, he made no mention of the defenses claims of unfairness, only that the motion was insufficient.
The defense can appeal the ruling but has not indicated what it will do yet.
"This motion was important because if Zimmerman is ultimately convicted, it will give the defense grounds for an appeal, a starting point" said former prosecutor Ashley Winds.
George Zimmerman is out on $1 million bond after being arrested and charged with second degree murder of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin on Feb 26.
Zimmerman has claimed self defense under the "Stand Your Ground" law in Florida, saying that it was Martin who attacked him and he was on the bottom as the two wrestled and fought and that he feared for his life.
Meanwhile prosecutors are arguing that he racially profiled Martin and killed him intentionally.