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Judge reluctant to delay in Zimmerman case

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Updated: 7/10/2013 10:02 am
SANFORD, Fla. (AP) - The judge in the case of the former neighborhood watch leader charged in the shooting of Florida teen Trayvon Martin says it would take extreme circumstances for her to grant a continuance for his upcoming self-defense immunity hearing.

Judge Debra Nelson said Thursday that she would, however, consider rolling George Zimmerman's immunity hearing under the state's so-called "Stand Your Ground" law into the scheduled June trial.

Defense attorney Mark O'Mara will formally get to argue for that during another pre-trial hearing next week.

For now, Nelson has reserved the final two weeks of April for the immunity hearing. She had also requested an initial jury pool of 500 for June's second-degree murder trial.

Zimmerman has pleaded not guilty.

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Papakilo - 2/15/2013 12:35 PM
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I guess the media and information deficit 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 parental 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 still hope 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.
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