George Zimmerman’s attorney will get his first look at the evidence against his client on Monday—and he is expected to try to keep key elements away from the national media.
Evidence presented during the discovery period in Florida criminal cases normally becomes public immediately. All the news media has to do to obtain it is to make a request.
But judges have the power to slow the release of sensitive records and Mark O’Mara, Zimmerman’s attorney, plans to file a motion to keep elements of the evidence sealed, arguing that the news media would hound witnesses if the information were released without their names removed.
We doubt any of them (witnesses) enjoy the scrutiny they are under due to the coincidence of their involvement in such a high-profile matter
“We doubt any of them (witnesses) enjoy the scrutiny they are under due to the coincidence of their involvement in such a high-profile matter,” O’Mara wrote in a message on Zimmerman’s website, according to Florida news outlet WDBO.
Zimmerman faces a second-degree murder charge for the killing of unarmed, 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in March.
The killing inflamed racial tensions across the country and drew national attention. Martin was black, while Zimmerman’s mother is Peruvian and his father is a non-Hispanic white.
As the case gained notoriety, the public flooded both Zimmerman and Martin’s parents with donations.
Sybrina Fulton, Martin’s mother, will take eight months of donated paid leave from her job at the Miami Dade County Housing Authority, McClatchy reports. That donated time comes on top of over $100,000 raised online.
Zimmerman raised over $200,000 in just three weeks after starting a website with a link to his PayPal account.