Seminole Circuit Judge Jessica Recksiedler Says She May Have a Conflict of Interest & Recuse Herself in George Zimmerman Murder Trial in Death of Trayvon Martin
Judge Jessica Recksiedler disclosed that she has a potential conflict of interest in the the murder trial of George Zimmerman accused of the second degree murder of Trayvon Martin. Recksiedler might have to recuse herself because her husband works for the law firm of Mark NeJame [friend of SM] who originally considered representing Zimmerman before deciding to do work for CNN. Lead Florida prosecutor Bernie de la Rionda stated that saw no conflict and had no reason to ask Recksiedler to step down; however, the defense attorney for Zimmerman, Mark O’Mara, said the disclosure concerns him and he may ask for another judge next week.
Circuit Judge Jessica Recksiedler made the disclosure at a special 10-minute hearing and said she was obliged to give the prosecutor and defense attorney the opportunity to ask her to step down from the case, the Orlando Sentinel reported.
Lead prosecutor Bernie de la Rionda said he has no reason to ask Recksiedler to step down but Mark O’Mara, attorney for suspect George Zimmerman, said the disclosure concerns him and he may ask for another judge next week.
Recksiedler’s husband works for the law firm of Mark NeJame and originally considered representing Zimmerman before deciding he preferred the CNN gig, the newspaper said.