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George Zimmerman Denied Delay Of Trayvon Martin Trial

3:05 pm - 02/06/2013

* Trial to start as scheduled on June 10

* Pre-trial hearing comes as slain youth would have turned 18

ORLANDO, Fla., Feb 5 (Reuters) - A Florida judge on Tuesday rejected a bid by George Zimmerman to delay his June trial for the murder of unarmed, black teenager Trayvon Martin, whom he shot and killed a year ago this month.

"I don't see any of your issues as insurmountable," Seminole County Circuit Court Judge Debra Nelson said in denying a motion by Zimmerman's lawyer, Mark O'Mara, for a continuance in the racially charged trial.

A memorial service for Martin, who would have turned 18 on Tuesday, was held on the courthouse lawn before the hearing got under way.

Before ruling, Nelson noted she had set aside several full days of court time for Zimmerman's defense attorneys and prosecutors to bring issues before the court, but most of that time had gone unused.

She also said O'Mara had been working on Zimmerman's defense since April 2012 and still has another four months to prepare for the June 10 trial.

O'Mara had told reporters he needed at least another six months to raise money and lay the groundwork for the trial. Zimmerman could face up to 25 years to life in prison if convicted of second-degree murder.

Prosecutor Bernie de la Rionda signaled his opposition to any delay in the trial last week and accused O'Mara of spending too much time conducting media interviews and not enough interviewing witnesses and examining evidence.

Zimmerman, who is out on a $1 million bond, is living in hiding in central Florida pending his trial. At the time of the shooting, he was a neighborhood crime watch volunteer in a gated community where Martin was staying with his father.

The fair-skinned son of a white father and Hispanic mother, Zimmerman claims he shot Martin in self-defense following a confrontation that occurred as Martin was returning to the home of his father's girlfriend in the gated community after buying candy from a convenience store.

Police in the central Florida town of Sanford initially declined to arrest Zimmerman, citing Florida's "Stand Your Ground" law, which allows people to use deadly force when they believe they are in danger of getting killed or suffering great bodily harm.

The lack of an arrest led thousands to march in rallies in Florida and across nation to demand justice for Martin, as protesters complained that African-Americans are seen as second-class citizens in the eyes of the police and U.S. justice system.

The fatal encounter between Martin and Zimmerman also threw the spotlight on gun control and Florida's much criticized "Stand Your Ground" statute, also known as a "shoot first" law, which was signed into law by former Governor Jeb Bush in 2005.

The law, backed by the National Rifle Association, was the first of its kind in the United States. Similar laws have been passed since in at least 23 other states, according to the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence.

crossfire 6th-Feb-2013 08:14 pm (UTC)


O'Mara had told reporters he needed at least another six months to raise money

Well, that's it right there, isn't it.

Edited at 2013-02-06 08:16 pm (UTC)
deathchibi 8th-Feb-2013 04:27 am (UTC)
Buh. The dude had thousands of racist dollars. How much more did he NEED?
primeling 6th-Feb-2013 09:03 pm (UTC)
Crazy racist gun nuts.

Edited at 2013-02-06 09:04 pm (UTC)
wickedwatch 6th-Feb-2013 09:23 pm (UTC)
abiding 6th-Feb-2013 09:30 pm (UTC)
Good, piece of shit.
ebenista 6th-Feb-2013 09:31 pm (UTC)

nice try and you deserve the worst after your smear campaign against a dead kid (as if murdering him wasn't bad enough)
piratesswoop 6th-Feb-2013 11:00 pm (UTC)
omg no @ this demented child
girly123 7th-Feb-2013 04:02 pm (UTC)
Exactly my thoughts
zinnia_rose 7th-Feb-2013 07:55 am (UTC)
I can't decide if that kid is adorable or creeptastic.
communion 6th-Feb-2013 09:54 pm (UTC)
it's disgusting that it's taken this long to get to trial.
betray802 7th-Feb-2013 01:18 am (UTC)
This. Understandably, this fuckweasel deserves nothing, and his lawyer deserves even less. However, "Right to a speedy trial" =/= OVER A YEAR.
natyanayaki 7th-Feb-2013 03:09 am (UTC)
The lawyer is doing his job, I don't think that he should be blamed for that, especially since this is a high profile case.
kitanabychoice 6th-Feb-2013 10:09 pm (UTC)
Is it common for trials to take so long to get under way?
darlahood 6th-Feb-2013 10:34 pm (UTC)
In Flalala, yes. The courts are totally clogged. 3 month backup in foreclosure cases alone.

Annnnd it looks like it was purple shirt and tie day at the courthouse.
redstar826 7th-Feb-2013 12:28 am (UTC)
I think high profile cases tend to take a lot longer than other cases.
natyanayaki 7th-Feb-2013 02:50 am (UTC)
That's probably a good thing.
ntensity 7th-Feb-2013 01:17 pm (UTC)
It's not as if the trial comes first, either. There's a lot of procedural steps that come before trial...and those typically take months. Depending on how discovery goes, if any pre-trial motions are filed, etc. This is pretty typical.
ebay313 8th-Feb-2013 01:05 am (UTC)
From what I understand, it's so long because he waived his right to a speedy trial and has been trying to drag it out as long as possible (apparently hoping people would just forget -_-)

louisiane_fille 6th-Feb-2013 10:23 pm (UTC)
I hope that bastard Zimmerman gets what's coming to him. He MURDERED a kid in cold blood, then tried to make it seem like the kid that he outweighed by close to 100 pounds ATTACKED him. This whole thing is a bunch of heinous racist fuckery of the highest order.
moonshaz 6th-Feb-2013 10:42 pm (UTC)
Wow, George Zimmerman actually didn't get something he wanted? Will wonders never cease!

I hope this is a sign of how the trial is going to go; i.e., NOT Zimmerman's way, and that he gets what's REALLY coming to him.
layweed 6th-Feb-2013 10:48 pm (UTC)
boo hoo sucks to be you

I realize there's probably a very good reason why the trial is set for June of 2013 and not like...June of 2012, but goddamn this entire thing has taken WAY TOO DAMN LONG.
sio 6th-Feb-2013 11:36 pm (UTC)
this x 1000!
tabaqui 6th-Feb-2013 10:55 pm (UTC)
Fucking hell. He should have been tried *months* ago. But good on the judge for standing firm.
lovedforaday 6th-Feb-2013 11:27 pm (UTC)
I'm actually surprised a high profile trial like this is starting so soon. I thought it would begin sometime in 14.
halfshellvenus 7th-Feb-2013 01:04 am (UTC)
About fucking time.
4o5pastmidnight 7th-Feb-2013 02:43 am (UTC)
The law, backed by the National Rifle Association

Gee, there's a shocker.
wrestlingdog 7th-Feb-2013 02:43 am (UTC)
I can't believe it's been almost a year.
natyanayaki 7th-Feb-2013 02:49 am (UTC)
Yesterday would have been Trayvon Martin's 18th Birthday.

Eta: Is that picture of Zimmerman from today? It seems that he gained back the weight he seemed to force himself to lose last year (when he was trying to say "See, I'm not that much heavier than Trayvon."). Also, please don't take this as shaming in any way, it's not meant as such at all. Just an observation, which I found interesting because sometimes when we lose too much weight, too quickly it's difficult to keep it off. Of course that can't be admissible in court, and it shouldn't be, it's something that struck me when I saw the picture because the defense (and conservatives) seemed to make a huge deal of the fact that when he emerged from hiding he seemed to weigh much less than speculated.

Edited at 2013-02-07 02:56 am (UTC)
moonshaz 7th-Feb-2013 04:48 am (UTC)
That is the photo that the source ran with the story, so I think it's a safe bet that it's current. And yes, he IS noticeably chubbier

I hadn't noticed until you pointed out, and I find it to be a very interesting observation.
paksenarrion2 7th-Feb-2013 02:50 am (UTC)

She also said O'Mara had been working on Zimmerman's defense since April 2012 and still has another four months to prepare for the June 10 trial.

O'Mara had told reporters he needed at least another six months to raise money and lay the groundwork for the trial.

Fuck you, fuck you, fuck you O'Mara.

14 months is more than enough time to work on your client's defense. It isn't the prosecutor's problem if you don't have enough money raised. There is nothing in the Constitution about the right to make sure you have enough money for your defense. Your right is to have a defense lawyer appointed for you if you can't afford one and they are supposed to do a good job or appeals can be filed if you are found guilty based on whether or not they did the job they were supposed to. There are only so many people you can depose and subpoena to testify. And if you are paying expert witnesses to bolster your case, that is your issue and up to you to determine how to pay-not the problem of the prosecution.

I was curious to see where the money already raised went and this is what came up.

This is how the, $314,099.07 raised by the defense fund has been spent, according to the site:

Bail bond - $95,000
Household/living expenses - $61,747.54
Security - $56,100.00
Law firm support and infrastructure - $40,647.64
Case-related expenses - $35,588.07
PayPal and fund management fees - $7,924.22
Other expenses - $3,201.04

In short-fuck off and fuck you.

moonshaz 7th-Feb-2013 04:52 am (UTC)
Wow, $61,747.54 in household/living expenses in less than a year's time? That's less than my husband and I put together have made in a year in a quite a while. A lot less, in fact.

Fuck you is right.
paksenarrion2 7th-Feb-2013 05:23 am (UTC)
Seriously. Even if part of that is money to cover the mortgage on the house while he and his wife are living elsewhere due to safety concerns, where the hell are they living? Some four star hotel? Even with a 2K a month mortgage payment (at a generous guesstimate, it probably is less), that would only be $22,000 so far. Maybe if you add in another 5K for car payments and other things you cannot defer (like credit cards) you are looking at half of those living expenses to cover those things.

But honestly? It still seems excessive to me and frankly I don't feel the least bit sorry for him. Don't cry about how it's going to cost all this money you asshat. You are the one that murder Trayvon Martin. He is the one that will never grow up, never have the chance to get married, go to college, get a job, own a home, a car, go to games with his friends, do all the things kids dream of growing up to do. All because Zimmerman had a hard on for being a cop, being a vigilant and thinking that he was okay to decide who was a troublemaker based solely on the color of their skin and what they were wearing. Both of them can fuck off.
astridmyrna 7th-Feb-2013 03:01 am (UTC)
Geez, if it takes this long for them to settle on a court date, I can only imagine how long the trial will take. I feel horrible for the Martin family. :(
schmanda 7th-Feb-2013 03:48 am (UTC)
Something I just noticed: they're calling it the Trayvon Martin Trial. I'm racking my brain and I can't come up with an example of murder trials being popularly called by the victim's name. They didn't hold the Caylee Anthony, Laci Peterson or Nicole Brown trials, they were properly called by the names of the defendants.

Or maybe it was an unfortunate oversight since they're in the habit of calling it the Trayvon Martin case. I trust that when it gets underway they'll use the more accurate "George Zimmerman Trial." That'll totally happen, right?
hinoema 7th-Feb-2013 04:52 am (UTC)
I posted a comment about that; hopefully they'll correct it.
moonshaz 7th-Feb-2013 04:52 am (UTC)
It had BETTER happen!!
martyfan 9th-Feb-2013 11:41 pm (UTC)
Pretty much the only examples that come to mind have the word "slaying" at the end instead of "trial." If they'd said that instead, it would've had much different connotations. But they didn't.
moonbladem 7th-Feb-2013 11:06 am (UTC)
It's a nightmare of mine that this racist asshole will get off on a technicality, and there'll be no justice for Trayvon. The thing that will piss me off more than Trayvon not getting justice though, will be seeing his exceedingly smug face gloating as he leaves the courtroom. It doesn't help that Zimmerman's dad is a retired judge, which means he does have some pull. Zimmerman has demonstrated in the past that he feels absolutely no remorse for what he did, and that he and his wife view the charges as a major inconvenience to their lives, and that they fully expect him to be acquitted so they can continue with their lives.

In short... fuck those two.

Edited at 2013-02-07 05:48 pm (UTC)
corbyinoz 7th-Feb-2013 12:03 pm (UTC)
I really do despise this man. I am always uncomfortable with a rush to judgement, but it seems palpably clear that the defence have had plenty of time and will have more prior to trial.

Good point re the Trayvon Martin Trial; methinks I just heard Sigmund clearing his throat.
thatdamnninja 8th-Feb-2013 07:43 am (UTC)

He has apparently not been denied Taco Bell, however.
chaya 8th-Feb-2013 03:31 pm (UTC)
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