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Goerge Zimmerman, the 28-year-old man who killed Florida teen Trayvon Martin, is reportedly requesting the recusal of the judge in the case. Zimmerman’s attorney, Mark O’Mara, has requested that Judge Jessica Recksiedler be removed because of a possible conflict of interest.
According to The Cutline, Recksiedler revealed that her husband works with a CNN legal analyst who had been approached by Zimmerman about representing him.
“What I don’t want to happen is to wait a month or two then find out what we thought was a potential conflict is an actual conflict,” O’Mara stated, according to The Orlando Sentinel.
The Cutline reports that on Friday Recksiedler revealed that she would consider stepping aside.
The Orlando Sentinel states that it is believed to be a certainty that Recksiedler will step aside because under Florida law, the only thing that needs to be shown is that there is a reasonable belief that the judge might not be fair.
If Recksiedler does in fact recuse herself, the case will be reassigned to the next judge in line because Seminole County felony cases are assigned on a rotating basis.
Zimmerman’s arraignment is scheduled for next month. Hip Hop Wired reports that Chief Judge Alan Dickey is the one who is expected to rule on O’Mara’s request but a decision has yet to be made.