Judge Lester, by written response to Zimmerman’s motion for him to recuse himself, told the defense and prosecutor that he is not going anywhere. So Zimmerman will have to work another angle on the case. His attorneys filed the motion, in essence stating they could not get a fair trial because their client lied to the judge. Meanwhile Zimmerman is acting like a celebrity giving interviews and soliciting funds through his web site. And now his parents have a web site.
Shellie Zimmerman, George’s wife, is now in hot legal water herself, following Zimmerman’s first bond hearing in which she allegedly lied to the court about the couple’s finances (and got her husband released on a mere $150,000 bond). She was subsequently indicted for perjury, and on July 27, she pled not guilty to those charges
For the latest LegalSpeaks commentary on George Zimmerman, be sure to read Lawyers. com’s August 1st article by Michele Bowman titled: Will Loose Lips Sink Defense Ship linked here.
The Pennsylvania Voter ID Trial continues
The Pennsylvania voter ID trial enters its fifth day on Wednesday. Various legal groups are challenging the state constitutionality of Pennsylvania’s voter ID law which stands to disenfranchise hundreds of thousand s of voters in November.
The Pennsylvania voter ID trial took an unusual turn when the top Pennsylvania state election official Carol Aichele admited on the witness stand that she didn’t know what the new voter ID law said. Interesting enough, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania assumes the average voter will read and understand the law but not their officials. The ACLU of Pennsylvania, the Advancement Project, the Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia and Arnold & Porter LLP filed suit on behalf of 93-year-old Vivian Applewhite, who is the lead plaintiff in the case who along with thousands of others will be unable to vote in November due to a lack of proper ID.
The new Pennsylvania voter ID law requires that voters have a drivers’ license, birth certificate or other state issued ID to vote in November’s election. With less than 100 days until the election, the ratings show that President Obama is heavily leaning to win in Pennsylvania. Hopefully, those poll results do not rest on the population that thinks they are eligible to vote but do not have the proper credentials.
And in the first week of the Olympics, my native Baltimore Olympic athlete, Michael Phelps has become the most decorated Olympian winning a total of 19 medals so far in his career. The women’s gymnastic team earned the gold for overall team competition.