Source: Matt Gutman / ABC News
The Florida judge tapped to preside over George Zimmerman’s trial for the shooting death of Trayvon Martin is set to recuse herself over her ties to a prominent television legal analyst, ABC News has learned.
Circuit Judge Jessica Recksiedler, one of four possible judges to oversee what Zimmerman’s attorneys and the state expect to be a trial process that could last well into 2013, is married to an attorney who works in the same law firm as Mark NeJame, a legal analyst for CNN, who has been outspoken about the case.
It’s the latest in a series of twists in the case which began with the original prosecutor, Norman Wolfinger, recusing himself. That was followed by weeks in which Zimmerman was in hiding which ended in a bizarre announcement the attorneys he had hired announced that Zimmerman had left them.
Zimmerman, who is now represented by Mark O’Mara, is facing second degree murder charges, which could carry a life sentence for the 28 year old. O’Mara filed a motion on Monday for Judge Recksiedler’s removal.
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