Judge Orders 500 Jurors Summoned for George Zimmerman Trial
At a hearing today, Judge Debra Nelson ordered the clerk to summon 500 prospective jurors for George Zimmerman's trial for the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, scheduled for June 10.
The Judge also refused to delay the self-defense immunity hearing, which will begin April 22 and last up to two weeks.
Mark O'Mara said he may ask that the immunity hearing be "enveloped" into the trial. [More...]
The immunity hearing will be a preview of the state's case at trial as well as Zimmerman's defense. Having a earlier immunity hearing would give each side enough time to effectively utilize the insights gained at the immunity hearing in finalizing their trial strategy.
Maybe he isn't confident the judge or court of appeals will grant a stay of the trial if he loses the immunity hearing. He certainly has the right to appeal a denial of immunity before trial, but if the stay pending appeal is discretionary, and Florida Appellate Rule 9.310 seems to indicate it is, he may believe the extra time to prepare for the immunity hearing is more important than an uncertain motion to delay the trial pending appellate review.
A hearing will be held Feb. 22 on whether Martin family attorney Benjamin Crump can be deposed by O'Mara. He thinks the affidavit he submitted last week should be sufficient.
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