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Friday, May 10, 2013

New Zimmerman motions: Defense wants anonymous jury; state wants to question Shellie

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The day before the deadline for pre-trial motions in the George Zimmerman case, there was a flurry of filings Thursday.

George Zimmerman's attorneys filed paperwork asking his judge to allow trial jurors to visit the scene of Trayvon Martin's shooting, and also to sequester his jury and keep their identities of a secret.
Meanwhile, prosecutors filed a motion asking Circuit Judge Debra Nelson to order Zimmerman's wife, Shellie, to answer questions in a pre-trial deposition.

The defense argues visiting the shooting scene would allow jurors to better understand the vantage point of individual eye- and ear-witnesses.

That request is unusual but not unprecedented. Typically, when a judge agrees to such an outing, he or she orders a van or bus to transport jurors together.

 In a separate filing, O'Mara asked the judge to keep the names of potential jurors secret. He asked for the jury to be sequestered, citing the intense media focus on the case.

He also referenced the Casey Anthony murder case, in which jurors were sequestered and anonymous during trial. Their names were eventually released after trial.

O'Mara notes the Anthony jurors were the subject of "contempt" after their not-guilty verdict.

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