04/16/2012

News groups fight to open Zimmerman's file

Records are normally public under Fla. law

By Mike Schneider
Associated Press

ORLANDO, Fla. — A group of news organizations in Florida, including The Associated Press, are challenging efforts to seal records in the criminal case of a neighborhood watch volunteer charged with killing an unarmed teenager.

A motion was filed Monday in Seminole County Circuit Court that asks that records in Zimmerman's file be unsealed. The effort is being led by The Miami Herald.

Zimmerman's attorney last week asked that the records be sealed.

Those records are normally public under Florida law. The motion by the news organizations says Zimmerman's case doesn't meet the standards that are typically used to create an exemption to those laws.

Zimmerman was charged with second-degree murder last week for fatally shooting 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in a gated community in Sanford, near Orlando. He is pleading not guilty.

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