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George Zimmerman hearing: Trayvon's parents to fight release of teen's school records

His lawyers are asking for Trayvon's school records.

Assistant State Attorney Bernie de la Rionda says they're not relevant and has accused defense attorneys of going on a fishing expedition.

Trayvon's parents have denounced the effort, describing it as an attempt to further victimize their son.



They plan to hold a news conference outside the Seminole County courthouse before the hearing to talk about that and to raise funds for a political committee they've just created that's designed to donate money to political candidates who support changes to Florida's "Stand Your Ground" law.

Zimmerman, a 29-year-old Neighborhood Watch volunteer, shot Trayvon Feb. 26 in Sanford after calling police and describing the teenager as suspicious.

Zimmerman says he acted in self-defense. Prosecutors charged Zimmerman with second-degree murder.

In a surprise move Thursday, prosecutors asked the judge to issue a gag order against defense attorney Mark O'Mara. It's not clear whether she'll take up that issue today.

Police say the 17-year-old Miami Gardens teenager was serving a 10-day suspension at the time of his death because school officials had found him with an empty marijuana baggie. O'Mara has already released to the public notes made by a physician's assistant, who treated Zimmerman the day after the shooting.

She wrote that he suffered a broken nose, cuts to his head and back pain.

De la Rionda is asking for more details, a request that O'Mara says violates his client's privacy.

The judge will also hear arguments from an attorney for more than a dozen news organizations – including The New York Times, CBS News, CNN and the Orlando Sentinel - who are fighting an attempt by prosecutors to seal defense subpoenas and the evidence they produce.

De la Rionda wants the judge to see all of those things first and decide, item by item, whether they should be made public. That could involve secret hearings.

Media attorney Scott Ponce says that does not comply with Florida's history of open courts nor with how previous appeals courts have ruled on requests to seal information.

The hearing is scheduled to start at 1:30 p.m.

Check back for updates.

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2nd amendment groups talk to 'stand your ground' task force in Jacksonville

By Jeff Weiner, Orlando Sentinel

7:32 p.m. EDT, October 16, 2012

The task force reviewing Florida's controversial "stand your ground" law met for the sixth time on Tuesday and heard presentations in defense of the law from representatives of several second-amendment organizations.

Previous meetings of the state's Task Force on Citizen Safety and Protection, reviewing the law in the wake of the Feb. 26 shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin by George Zimmerman in Sanford, featured presentations and comments from law-enforcement, prosecutors, public defenders, college professors and private citizens, including Trayvon's parents.

Supporters say the law empowers citizens to protect themselves. Critics contend it encourages a "shoot-first" mentality.

"'Stand your ground' has become a loaded phrase in Florida since the Trayvon Martin/George Zimmerman incident," said Eric Friday of Florida Carry Inc. He attributed outcry about the law to "hyperbole and hysteria."

Friday argued the law, which grants immunity from prosecution when deadly force is used in response to a reasonable fear of serious injury or death, has been misapplied, but not in the way critics contend. He said courts have wrongly placed the burden on victims to show "stand your ground" applies.



"We're going to say, 'Mr. Citizen, Mrs. Citizen, you may have acted in self defense, but you're going to have to prove it,' " he said, adding "the courts have turned this immunity on its head."

Marion Hammer, representing the National Rifle Association, argued that the law "was about restoring the right of self defense." She acknowledged criminals may seek to abuse the law, but said that shouldn't limit the rights of the law-abiding.

"Criminals routinely claim … all manner of excuses," she said. "Just because they claim it doesn't mean that people will be fooled by it."

Tuesday's meeting was the task force's last. It is expected to issue recommendations before the next legislative session.

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Do you guys think Trayvon will get the same amount of media coverage as the Casey Anthony case? I think that it will but i believe the tone will be different.
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Hell, I don't give a sh*t if it gets the same coverage or not. As long as the outcome is different! All that hostility, and ill will toward Casey, but she STILL got off. Smh.
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Originally posted by BrownQtee BrownQtee wrote:

Hell, I don't give a sh*t if it gets the same coverage or not. As long as the outcome is different! All that hostility, and ill will toward Casey, but she STILL got off. Smh.
 
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i hope the jurors really come through on this one
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Trayvon's mom at her press conference: Please do not forget my son
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Judge grants #GeorgeZimmerman request for #TrayvonMartin's school records: "I think that you're entitled to those records."
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Judge grants prosecution's request for George Zimmerman's medical records - live video http://t.co/fGoTVyzJ
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (1) Thanks(1)   Quote Miss SDY Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Oct 19 2012 at 9:09pm
I am still failing to understand what Trayvon's school records have to do with him getting gunned down in cold blood when he was unarmed. I hope Trayvon and his family gets the justice that they are so deserving of. I hope GZ gets raped with a broomstick in prison and dies.. This whole thing just disgusts me.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote TokyoRose Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Oct 19 2012 at 9:12pm
This didn't happen anywhere near or around Trayvon's school.  Trayvon wasn't shot during school hours.  Why would his school records have anything to do with why he was gunned down for buying Skittles and an iced tea?
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