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Mark O’Mara is fighting to keep potentially incendiary statements made by a witness from ever reaching the courtroom.The statement, made by an unnamed person identified only as “witness 9,” claims George Zimmerman is racist, the Orlando Sentinel reported Monday.
While O’Mara is claiming the statement will cause “widespread hostile publicity,” and won’t even be admitted at trial, prosecutors are arguing they could use the statement to refute the defence’s claim Zimmerman isn’t hostile to blacks.
The judge initially order the statements released but O’Mara filed a motion asking him to reconsider. And while prosecutors also want the statements withheld, they have indicated they might use them during the trial.
Both sides argued their stance Friday during Zimmerman’s second bond hearing. Zimmerman’s original bond was revoked after prosecutors convinced Lester the Zimmermans lied about their financial status.
Lester didn’t make a decision Friday about either the bond or the statements. His decision is expected some time this week.
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