published Wednesday, April 18th, 2012

Judge quits Trayvon Martin case, cites conflict

Circuit Judge Jessica Recksiedler holds a status hearing Friday, April 13, 2012, in Sanford, Fla., in the second-degree murder case against neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman. Attorneys are asking for a bond hearing next Friday and for the judge to remove herself from the case because her husband is a member of a law firm whose founder is a legal analyst on television. Zimmerman has been charged in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin on Feb. 26, in Sanford
Circuit Judge Jessica Recksiedler holds a status hearing Friday, April 13, 2012, in Sanford, Fla., in the second-degree murder case against neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman. Attorneys are asking for a bond hearing next Friday and for the judge to remove herself from the case because her husband is a member of a law firm whose founder is a legal analyst on television. Zimmerman has been charged in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin on Feb. 26, in Sanford
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ORLANDO, Fla. — The judge presiding over the Trayvon Martin shooting case has removed herself after George Zimmerman's attorney said she had a possible conflict of interest.

Florida Circuit Judge Jessica Recksiedler recused herself Wednesday because of a potential conflict that relates to her husband.

He works with Orlando attorney Mark NeJame, who was first approached by Zimmerman's family to represent the neighborhood watch volunteer.

But NeJame declined and referred them to Mark O'Mara, who is now representing Zimmerman. NeJame has since been hired by CNN to comment on the case.

Judge Kenneth M. Lester Jr. will preside over the case.

Zimmerman is charged with second-degree murder for the Feb. 26 shooting of the 17-year-old Martin. Zimmerman said he shot Martin in self-defense after Martin attacked him. Martin was unarmed.

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