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article imageGeorge Zimmerman lawyer seeks bans in Trayvon Martin trial

By Marcus Hondro     Jun 7, 2013 in Politics
With a jury selection set to start Monday in Florida in the trial of George Zimmerman, who shot and killed Trayvon Martin, his defense attorney made a request to the trial judge Thursday. Mark O'Mara asked for bans of what he called "inflammatory terms".
O'Mara asked Judge Debra S. Nelson to ban the following from the prosecution's opening statement in the trial: the words "profiled” and "vigilante” and the phrases "wannabe cop" and "self-appointed neighborhood watch captain.” He also requested the prosecution be barred from saying Mr. Zimmerman "confronted Trayvon Martin" or "got out of the car after the police (or dispatcher) told him not to.”
O'Mara seeks to prevent prejudice
In the motion to the court, O’Mara, said he was seeking to make certain the prosecution doesn't prejudice his client. “Some of these terms are disparaging, inappropriate, and if used in trial would serve only to unfairly prejudice the jury by eliciting unfounded connotations and unfair emotional responses,' he wrote.
The prosecution has already successfully petitioned the judge to bar O'Mara and the rest of his defense team from bringing up the pictures of drugs and of guns found on Trayvon Martin's cellphone in their opening remarks. Martin, 17, was killed in February of 2012 in a townhouse complex in Sanford, Fla. during a fight with Zimmerman, now 29.
Mr. Zimmerman, who had a license to carry a gun, claims that he fired in self-defense after being attacked and beaten by the younger man. The judge has yet to rule on the defense motion.
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