Judge Lester should recuse himself in the Zimmerman-Martin case.
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On the evening of the sad event, George Zimmerman agreed to voluntarily take a CVSA Truth Verification test in the Sanford police station. This is a form of lie detector test used by many police departments. While not ordinarily admissible in a formal court trial, as you know, it does help guide police and prosecution officials in determining whether or not to proceed with an arrest and prosecution in the early stages of a case. The confidential report gives the examiner four choices to describe how the subject fared. The examiner checked the fourth and highest level: “The examinee has told substantially the complete truth in regards to this examination.” Such evidence quite probably figured in the decision by the police chief and the then-prosecutor to drop the case, at least initially.
It is of major significance that, in the early stages, the only official to question Zimmerman’s racial tolerance and also his innocence was lead detective Christopher Serino. Within a few days he practically accused Zimmerman of being a bigot and also urged that he be charged with manslaughter. Recently, Serino was reduced to a patrolman on the night shift. The change was labeled as voluntary but there is some new information that his role in the case, on numerous fronts, has been quietly discredited.
Your honor, I am baffled to try to understand your conclusion that Zimmerman was preparing to flee the jurisdiction. That is simply bizarre. Adam Vincent, a Seminole County probation officer, testified, “We never had any problems from Mr. Zimmerman while he was under our supervision…. For all intents and purposes he was a model client.”
I have been forced to conclude that like Christopher Serino and Angela Corey, you have made it obvious that in your mind George Zimmerman is guilty of second degree murder. It would help restore my faith in the legal profession, which faith is a cornerstone of my very being, if you recused yourself from the case — and moreover issued an apology to all concerned for the misleading contents of the bail order.
With sadness and deep concern,
Arnold S. Trebach
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