Accused murderer George Zimmerman either has some magic powers or friends in extremely high places, for I have never seen any ordinary citizen with a second-degree murder charge get so many breaks. Oh let me count the ways.
According to the Orlando Sentinel, the Fifth District Court of Appeal in Daytona Beach, a three-man panel, ruled that presiding Judge Kenneth Lester went too far in accusing Zimmerman of being "a manipulator" while threatening to hold him in contempt of court in the future.
According to CNN.com, Judge Debra Nelson was chosen Thursday, one day after the court of appeals voted to throw out Lester, making her third in line - and the trial has not even started.
If you have kept up with the case, you will recall that Zimmerman's lawyer Mark O'Mara was lobbying hard to remove yet another presiding judge, citing his bias. He claimed his client couldn't get a fair trial under Lester.
Now mind you, Lester already had given Zimmerman breaks that are questionable--like a low bond of $150,000 under a second-degree murder charge. Zimmerman was allowed to leave the Sanford County under his first bail stipulations.
When the news broke that the neighborhood watchman had lied about being pennyless while sitting on top of more than $200,000 stashed away in PayPal accounts, Lester yanked his bail only to give him a second bond at $1 million on July 5.
The judge did have some harsh words for the accused killer, saying, he "practiced deception upon the court" and "flaunted the system." How is that biased? Zimmerman did take incredible advantage of the court and outright lied and deceived together with his wife, Shellie.
Shellie Zimmerman, who was also hit with perjury charges for being a co-conspirator in the hidden piles of cash garnered from supporters online, was arrested but released soon after posting $1,000 bond on the same day of her arrest.
George Zimmerman is yet to be charged with perjury for lying to the court about the money and a stashed passport. He was able to pay his bail to escape jail a second time--which shows the guy has access to big money.
Incredibly, even after the bonanza of cash that flowed through his now closed website, and a new one created by his lawyer O'Mara to solicit more cash, Zimmerman is now claiming to be broke and wants the state to pay for his defense.
His machinations to remove the judge, who is onto his games, has paid off and Lester is no more, bringing this to the second judge removed from the case because Zimmerman cried it wasn't fair.
As I mentioned earlier, this is the second judge Zimmerman and his defense team have gone after. The first presiding judge, Jessica Recksiedler, stepped down after claims of her having a conflict of interest surfaced. Her husband had worked with a lawyer Zimmerman wanted as his defense attorney. This lawyer did not take the job, but referred current attorney O'Mara.
Charged with second-degree murder in the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin of Sanford, Fla., on Feb. 26, Zimmerman, 28, is now awaiting trial.
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