George Zimmerman Wants a New Judge—Again

Says current judge's remark showed bias
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jul 14, 2012 2:34 PM CDT
George Zimmerman Wants a New Judge—Again
In this Friday, June 29, 2012 file photo, George Zimmerman enters the courtroom in Sanford, Fla.    (AP Photo/Orlando Sentinel, Joe Burbank, Pool, File)

The ex-neighborhood watch volunteer charged with killing Trayvon Martin asked for a new judge yesterday, claiming the current one is biased because he said George Zimmerman had "flaunted the system." Zimmerman said in a motion he feared he would be unable to get a fair "stand your ground" hearing or a fair trial with Circuit Judge Kenneth Lester presiding over the case. Lester was appointed in April after Zimmerman claimed a potential conflict of interest with the original judge.

Earlier this month, Lester said in an order granting Zimmerman bond that Zimmerman had "under any definition ... flaunted the system" by failing to disclose at an April bond hearing that he had raised $135,000 from donations for his legal defense. Lester at the time allowed Zimmerman to be released on a $150,000 bond. The judge revoked the bond after prosecutors presented jailhouse recordings of Zimmerman instructing his wife on how to transfer funds raised from a website to different bank accounts. (More George Zimmerman trial stories.)

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