The Orlando Sentinel weighs in on the recent filings in the George Zimmerman case.
Benjamin Crump: Resist we must, and we much, about that, be committed….
ORLANDO – Attorneys for George Zimmerman Thursday asked an appeals court to reverse the decision of a Sanford judge and allow them to make Benjamin Crump, the attorney for Trayvon Martin‘s family, answer their questions under oath.
It is a battle defense attorneys have been fighting – and losing – for months.
They twice asked Circuit Judge Debra S. Nelson to allow them to depose Crump, and she twice said no, most recently one week ago.
Now, they’ve asked the Fifth District Court of Appeal in Daytona Beach to overturn her decision.
“A civil lawyer with a vested interest in the outcome of the case should not be allowed to keep evidence from law enforcement; potentially influence significant witnesses; speak on national television about evidence he claims to exist and witnesses he has spoken with; accuse several law enforcement agencies of dishonesty; otherwise play a central role in the media persecution … yet claim he is not subject to a deposition regarding non-privileged matters,” wrote defense attorneys Mark O’Mara and Don West.
Crump said he could not comment on the appeal.
Defense attorneys contend that Crump has information that they’re entitled to, most importantly about the state’s star witness, a young Miami woman who was on the phone with Trayvon just moments before he was shot in Sanford Feb. 26, 2012.
They have discovered two untrue statements by her, one when she claimed to be 16 but was really 18 and a second when she said she did not go to Trayvon’s wake or funeral because she was in the hospital.
She later admitted that there was no trip to the hospital. (read more)