A brief court hearing Friday in the case of George Zimmerman, the Florida man charged with second-degree murder in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, focused on the possibility that the judge could be replaced of because of a possible conflict of interest.
Seminole County Circuit Judge Jessica J. Recksiedler disclosed that her husband, an attorney who deals with civil cases, works in the same firm as Mark NeJame, a criminal lawyer who had been previously contacted by Zimmerman for counsel.
NeJame did not take Zimmerman as a client, but he now has a contract with CNN to provide analysis on the case.
Zimmerman’s attorney, Mark O’Mara, raised concerns that Recksiedler’s role as a judge who is tangentially connected to NeJame as a media analyst could be problematic, especially in a case that he noted will come under “intense scrutiny” over coming months by the press and activists.
Recksiedler is a former assistant state attorney from Sanford who was elected to the bench in 2010.
Zimmerman did not appear for Friday’s hearing. Prosecuting and defense attorneys spoke to the judge via speakerphone.
As for seeking BAIL…O’Mara said Thursday he will try to get his client out of jail on bail for what is likely to be a lengthy legal battle over the shooting death of Martin, an unarmed 17-year-old black youth.
O’Mara will argue that the 28-year-old Zimmerman should be allowed to post bail at an April 20 hearing and remain free pending trial.