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Times and others sue to open Zimmerman documents



The Tampa Bay Times, Miami Herald and other media outlets are asking a judge to unseal court documents in the prosecution of George Zimmerman in Sanford.

In a motion filed Monday, the press asked that a Seminole Circuit Judge reconsider a quickly made decision last week to seal the court file, which in Florida is normally a public record.

In a case that has riveted the nation, Zimmerman is facing a charge of second-degree murder in the Feb. 26 shooting of Trayvon Martin, an unarmed teen visiting his father’s girlfriend in a gated Sanford community.

Trayvon, 17, the neighborhood watch volunteer got into a physical confrontation, and Zimmerman shot the teen. Claiming self-defense, Zimmerman was not initially arrested and police cited Florida’s Stand Your Ground law in not charging him. Story here.

[Last modified: Monday, April 16, 2012 1:29pm]


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