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A judge on Tuesday refused the alter the conditions of release for the man charged with the shooting death of Trayvon Martin.More >>
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Prosecutors criticized the motion for citing "facts that are inaccurate, misleading and/or incomplete."
Defense attorneys said the court was wrong to only look at the fact that 28-year-old Zimmerman admitted to shooting and killing 17-year-old Trayvon Martin while ignoring that he may have had a viable claim of self-defense.
"Self-defense is an affirmative defense," Florida Assistant State Attorney Bernardo de la Rionda wrote on behalf of the prosecution. "Why this and other such matters is discussed in a motion to disqualify the judge is an open question; perhaps so it could be published by the media and in defendant's website and - without any response by the state - be wrongly perceived as accurate."
Prosecutors called the motion to get a second judge replaced "absurd."
Defense attorneys argued a July 5 order to set bail was "harsh and morally indignant," creating a "reasonable fear" that the court is biased against him and "he cannot receive a fair and impartial trial or hearing by this court."