George Zimmerman’s defense team asks to disqualify Circuit Court Judge Kenneth Lester. Zimmerman’s defense attorney Mark O’Mara said that-
“He no longer has faith in "biased" judge who recommended criminal charges against Zimmerman and made disparaging remarks.”
O’Mara went on to say that the Judge "[made] gratuitous, disparaging remarks" about Zimmerman at his June 5th bond order.
In the motion filed, O’Mara said that-
“Lester continues to hold over Mr. Zimmerman's head the threat of future contempt proceedings. Zimmerman has reasonable fear he can't get fair trial or stand your ground hearing."
The judge also ordered the release of Zimmerman's taped jailhouse phone calls that were used as evidence along with witness 9 statements.
This is the second judge Zimmerman got recused from the case.
O'Mara asked the first circuit judge assigned to the case, Jessica Recksiedler, to step aside because her husband, Jason Recksiedler, works for Winter Park lawyer Mark NeJame, who appears for CNN as a commentator in the Zimmerman case and for a time was being courted by Zimmerman's family members as defense counsel.
In a statement released through GZlegalcase.com, his defense attorny's said-
We filed this Verified Motion to Disqualify Trial Judge based upon our review of the Court’s July 6 Order Setting Bond and Florida Rule of Judicial Administration 2.330(d)(1), and after lengthy discussions among the defense team and with George. We feel our motion is in complete compliance with the rule, and await Judge Lester’s decision so this matter may move forward.
To read O'Mara's motion to disqualify Judge Kenneth Lester, click here.