Judge: Zimmerman Statements Can Be Released

CBS Tampa

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A judge says statements a former neighborhood watch leader made to detectives after he fatally shot 17-year-Trayvon Martin can be released to the public.

But Circuit Judge Kenneth Lester ruled Wednesday that the identities of witnesses who observed the fatal confrontation between Martin and George Zimmerman can stay private.

Lester’s ruling was in response to a challenge by media groups, including The Associated Press, against efforts to seal some records.

Prosecutors and Zimmerman’s defense attorney had wanted to keep private Zimmerman’s statements to police after the fatal shooting in February, as well as the identities of witnesses. They had argued that their public release would jeopardize Zimmerman’s chance of getting a fair hearing when he is tried for second-degree murder.

Zimmerman is pleading not guilty, claiming self-defense.

(© Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

View original post



Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s