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Motion to Disqualify Lester

Motion to Disqualify Lester

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Plaintiff,
GEORGE
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VERIFIEDMOTIONTO])ISQlJAUt·yTRIAL,)lJDGE
COMESNOWtheDefendant,GEORGE
ZIMMERMAN,by
andthroughhisundersignedcounselpursuanttoFtoridaRuleofJudicialAdministration2.330(d)(I)andmovestodisqualifythisHonorableCourt
from
presidinginthiscaseandasgroundsthereforewouldstaleasfollows:
Batkground
GeorgeZimmermanwascharged
by
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onApril11,2012withSecondDegreeMurder,aviolationofFloridaStatute782.04.Mr.Zimmermanfaces
lite
inprisonuponconviction.
I
Thiscasehasbeencontroversialfromthebeginninglargelybecauseofmisinformation,AlthoughGeorgeZimmermanwasfullycooperativewithlawenforcementandhadnocontroloverwhetherorwhenhemightbearrested,there
WIlS
suchapublicoutcryforhisarrestinsomecircles
thai
abountywasplacedforhis"capture."Hewasvariouslycalledaracistandcold-bloodedmurdererinthemainstreammedia
by
thosewithlittleornocredibleinformationabout
what
actuallyhappened,Mr.lim01ermunandhisfamilyhavereceivednumerousdeaththreats.Hehadtoleavehisjob,liveinhidingandwas
withdrawn
fromcollege.Indeed,FloridaGovernorRickScottintervenedandappointed
Angela
Corey,SlateAttorneyinthe4'"CircuitasSpecialProsecutortoreplacetheStateAttorneyfortheEighteenthCircuit.Ms.CoreyexercisedherdiscretionandfiledanInformationchargingMr.ZimmermanwithSecondDegreeMurder2of2
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ThechargearosefromanincidentonFebruary26,2012whichresultedinthedeathofTrayvonMartin.Mr.ZimmermanexplainedtothepolicethatheshotMr.Martininself-defenseafterhewaspunchedinthefaceandcontinuedtobebatteredbyMr.Martin.Priortotheshot,MartinwasseenbyawitnesstotheincidentstraddlingandbeatingMr.Zimmermanwholayonthegroundonhisback.Mr.Zimmermanexplainedthathehadcriedoutforhelprepeatedlybeforefiringhis
gun
andthatnoonecametohelp.Thosecriesforhelpwererecordedinthebackgroundofanotherwitness'911callandlastedforatleast40secondsbeforetheshotwasfired.Atthescene,EMTsobservedthatMr.Zimmermanhadbleedinglacerationstothebackofhisheadconsistentwithhisheadbeingstruckonorbyahardobject,facialcutsandaswollen,bleedingbrokennose.Noarrestwasmadeatthescene.Thereafter,Mr.ZimmermancontinuedtocooperatewithlawenforcementincludingtheSanfordPoliceDepartmentandtheFloridaDepartmentofLawEnforcement.Mr.Zimmermanwasinterviewedonseveraloccasions,participatedinare-enactmentoftheeventsofFebruary26,2012,andagreedtosubmittovoicestressanalysis.Mr.ZimmermandideverythinghewasaskedtodointhedaysfollowingtheshootingofTrayvonMartinanddidsowithoutbenefitoflegalcounsel.AfterahearingonApril20,2012thisCourtgrantedbailintheamountof$150,000plusadditionalconditionstoincludeGPSmonitoring.Mr.ZimmermanwaspermittedtoliveoutsidetheStateofFlorida.ratherthanpresentingthecasetotheGrandJury.Iftheexculpatoryevidenceofself-defensehadbeenpresentedtotheGrandJuryitmayhaveresultedina"NoTrueBill"or.atmost,anindictmentforalesseroffense.AsthecasewasnotpresentedtotheGrandJury,Mr.Zimmermandidnothavetheopportunitytotestifyonhisownbehalfandperhapsavoidprosecutionaltogether.TheaffidavitusedtoestablishprobablecausehasbeenwidelycriticizedforfailingtoincludeinformationconsistentwithMr.Zimmerman'sexplanationofself-defenseincludingreportsofhisinjuries.See,attachedprobablecauseaffidavit.2
 
,.
OnApril27,2012,atapreviouslyscheduledhearing,Mr.Zimmerman'scounseldisclosedtotheCourtthathewasnowholdingintrustapproximately$123,000offundsthathadbeendonatedtoMr.ZimmermanthathadnotbeendisclosedtotheCourtatthebondhearingonApril20,2012.Ascounselexplained,shortlyafterhisreleaseonbond,Mr.Zimmermanvolunteeredthisinformationtocounsel,andpromptlyforwardedthesefundsbycashier'scheckbyoverrtightdelivery.Afterdivestinghimselfofthesefunds,Mr.ZimmermanremainedonbondwithoutviolationuntilhisbondwasrevokedonJune
1,
2012forfailingtoadvisetheCourtoftheexistenceofthesedonatedfundsatthetimeoftheApril20,2012bondhearing.OnJune29,2012ahearingwasheldonMr.Zimmerman'sMotiontoSetReasonableBond.Atsaidhearing,Mr.Zimmermanpresentedevidencerelatedtotheaccountingandtrackingofthedonatedfundsatissue;evidenceofMr.Zimmerman'sexcellentcompliancewiththeGPSmonitoringprogram;afinancialaffidavitsettingforthhiscurrentfinancialcircumstances;andevidenceinsupportofhisclaimofself-defense.Thisevidenceincluded,inpart,Mr.Zimmerman'svariousstatementstolawenforcement;witnessstatementstotheSanfordPoliceDepartmentandfollowupinterviewsbyFDLEandtheStateAttorney'sOffice;thetestimonyofEMTKevinO'RourkeregardingMr.Zimmerman'sinjuriesonthenightofFebruary26,2012;thetestimonyofRobertZimmerman,thefatherofdefendantGeorgeZimmerman,whotestifiedthathewascertainthevoiceheardcryingoutforhelpinthebackgroundoftherecorded911callwashisson's;photosofTrayvonMartinfromthesurveillancevideoatthenearby7-11onthenightoftheincidentshowingMr.Martin'ssizeandheight;and,theautopsyreportoftheMedicalExaminershowingthatotherthanthegunshotwound,theonlyinjurytoTrayvonMartinwasanabrasiononhisknuckle.TheStatedidnotofferevidencetorebutMr.Zimmerman'sself-defenseclaim.3

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