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Hearing to set schedule in Zimmerman case

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Updated: 7/10/2013 10:03 am

SANFORD, Fla. (AP) — A judge presiding over the trial of neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman is holding a brief hearing to discuss scheduling and the jury selection process.

The half-hour hearing Thursday was requested by Zimmerman's attorneys.

Lead attorney Mark O'Mara says in a motion he wants to discuss the jury selection process since he's anticipating an "extended" jury selection.

O'Mara also wants to nail down the scheduling of Zimmerman's "stand your ground" hearing in which the judge will decide if there is enough evidence to go to trial or if the case should be dismissed. That hearing must be held by the end of April.

Zimmerman's trial on second-degree murder is set to begin in June.

Zimmerman is pleading not guilty, claiming he acted in self-defense when he fatally shot Trayvon Martin.


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Papakilo - 2/14/2013 8:14 PM
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I guess the media and information deficiate really enjoy using Mr. Zimmerman as a scape goat. The media portrays Trayvon as an innocent youth who was like the driven snow. And relate Mr. Zimmerman as a devil "white" man hating blacks. Ignoring the facts that Trayvon was a real troublemaker looking for a place to happen. Little was advertised about what he did at home and why he was sent away. Even his web pages indicated he was looking for trouble. Mr. Zimmerman was not a "white" man nor did he have a predisposition against blacks. He was concerned about potential criminal activity in his neighborhood. All in all, I feel Trayvon's parents are the real guilty party and had more to do with his death than anyone in this world. All the information about Trayvons' history and actions indicate he did not respect anyone. Least of all any adult or anyone in authority. His parents not teaching Trayvon any sort of respect or responsibility for his actions, sent him away without taking real parential responsibility and teaching him for his previous actions. There was no indication of his parents attempting to find help for Trayvon, so I assume, they just passed him and his problems "out of mind and sight". Thus, Mr. Zimmerman caught the wrath of a physically strong and willful individual in the dark of night, walking in his neighborhood. I agree with 'nativejax', in questioning if Mr. Zimmerman will get a fair trial. It appears Mr. Zimmerman is being the 'whipping boy' for the liberal, spineless, attention seeking parents and legal system hoping to avoid the real responsibility for Trayvons' death....Parential Responsibility and Respect for Others.

nativejax - 2/14/2013 12:00 PM
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Yeah, like he's really going to receive a fair trial now. It can't happen after all the loud mouth's have pushed their own guilty verdict on him in the vain attempt to force UNLAWFUL government gun control over the rest of us.. Just so only THEY, the crooks and the crooks in government will have all kinds of guns in their hands, not us.
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