Attorney Mark O’Mara took a proper and also a courageous step when he filed a motion yesterday requesting trial judge Kenneth Lester to withdraw from presiding over the prosecution of George Zimmerman on the charge of second degree murder, which carries a possible sentence of life in prison.
As it happens, I had also made such a request in a Spectator article several days ago. However, that was relatively easy for me to do because I have no skin directly in the game. Mr. O’Mara does. He is a practicing attorney and must face this judge in this case and perhaps in future cases. Judges do not like to be told that they are biased.
However, Judge Kenneth Lester must be told that because he is biased, at least in this case. The documentation for that disturbing conclusion is contained in the persuasive text of O’Mara’s motion. That text contains further evidence of the scandalous behavior of other officials sworn to apply the law in an impartial manner, especially Special Prosecutor Angela Corey.
Like Angela Corey, Judge Lester purposely ignored any evidence that tended to support Mr. Zimmerman’s claim of self defense. Remarkably, the judge even ignored the testimony way back at the initial bond hearing of State Attorney Investigator Dale Gilbreath which was quite supportive of George Zimmerman. As O’Mara stated, “Gibreath acknowledged that the State had no evidence to contradict the conclusion that Trayvon Martin was the aggressor and threw the first punch, and no evidence to contest that Mr. Zimmerman was headed back to his car when Mr. Martin attacked him.”
The O’Mara motion also stated, “the evidence provided at this early stage of discovery by the State (and reviewed by this Court) shows that Mr. Zimmerman is likely innocent.” That of course has been my conclusion and it should dominate all proceedings in this tragic matter.
Up to now, it has not, which reflects the bizarre state of race relations today.