Strange Update in the George Zimmerman Case

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Well, at least strange to me. Perhaps these things are common in the legal world but this case has received so much publicity you would think there would be clarity on the issues.

***UPDATE*** From O’Mara
There have been some online rumors that Judge Alva will be taking over the Zimmerman criminal case, but this is untrue. Judge Nelson will continue to preside over the Zimmerman case, and she has also been assigned to the civil suit filed against NBCUniversal Media, LLC. The rumor began because on January 1, 2012, Judge Nelson switched to handling civil cases, and Judge Alva switched to criminal cases, and we assume that the Seminole County Clerk of Courts website switched all cases on the docket automatically. Judge Nelson, however, has chosen to keep the Zimmerman case on her docket, and we suspect the Seminole County Clerk of Courts website will be manually updated to reflect this soon.
http://gzlegalcase.com/index.php/press-releases/77-no-change-of-judge-in-zimmerman-case

Also
On October 12, 2012, the Zimmerman defense filed a Motion to Schedule Standing Hearings to Address Discovery and Other Case Management Issues. In response to our motion, the Judge has pre-scheduled a number of hearings that can be used if the defense or the state has motions to bring before the court. The next pre-scheduled hearing was set for January 8; however, the defense and the state have agreed that there are currently no matters that can be appropriately addressed by the Court on that date, so we have chosen to waive the January 8 hearing. The next hearing is scheduled for February 5, and we anticipate there will be new motions put before the court in advance of that hearing date.
http://gzlegalcase.com/index.php/press-releases/76-zimmerman-defense-waives-january-8-hearing
***END UPDATE***

***UPDATE***
Jeralyn on the Talk Left Forum for the George Zimmerman Case has brought forth some good information to show that Judge Alva may in fact have the case and some explanation as to the lack of activity as well.
http://forums.talkleft.com/index.php/topic,2283.msg105119.html#msg105119
***END UPDATE***

The first issue is whether or not Judge Alva will be taking over the criminal case of George’s. The Orlando Sentinel reported on Dec 14, 2012 that judge Marlene Alva will be taking over Shellie Zimmerman’s case but Judge Debra S. Nelson will keep George’s case and get his NBC suit as well. However, the Seminole County Clerk of Courts page now has Alva listed as the judge for George’s criminal case.
http://articles.orlandosentinel.com/2012-12-14/news/os-george-zimmerman-nbc-judge-20121214_1_george-zimmerman-trayvon-martin-shellie-zimmerman

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The second issue is the lack of activity reflected not only on the;

Seminole County Clerk of Courts page
http://www.seminoleclerk.org/CriminalDocket/case_detail.jsp?CaseNo=592012CF001083A

but also;

18th Circuit Court Media Advisories
http://www.flcourts18.org/presspublic.html

The George Zimmerman Legal Case page
http://gzlegalcase.com/

The State Website setup specifically for this case
https://sao4th.egnyte.com/

And the Orlando Sentinel who consistently has had access to court files and always the first to report on anything filed.

And just today O’Mara has released this statement;

On October 12, 2012, the Zimmerman defense filed a Motion to Schedule Standing Hearings to Address Discovery and Other Case Management Issues. In response to our motion, the Judge has pre-scheduled a number of hearings that can be used if the defense or the state has motions to bring before the court. The next pre-scheduled hearing was set for January 8; however, the defense and the state have agreed that there are currently no matters that can be appropriately addressed by the Court on that date, so we have chosen to waive the January 8 hearing. The next hearing is scheduled for February 5, and we anticipate there will be new motions put before the court in advance of that hearing date.

http://gzlegalcase.com/index.php/press-releases/76-zimmerman-defense-waives-january-8-hearing

It’s as if, at least as far as the court is concerned, the case has completely stalled. I’m absolutely shocked given the history of this case and what’s left to do that there was nothing to be done for the Jan 8 hearing. O’Mara is aware there is a SYG hearing scheduled in April isn’t he? Is he hoping the judge will grant continuances if he is not ready? Because she don’t seem to friendly in that regard. He might have learned that when she scolded his team on missing her scheduled 48 hour deadline for filing motions before the court date. And I am to believe that suddenly there’s no problem from the State and anyone else related like Benjamin Crump? Suddenly the light has shone, the poles have shifted and everyone is open, friendly and timely with information? I don’t think so.

And don’t get me started on this statement from O’Mara;

“…we will be making all public documents related to the case available on our website, including the rest of the State’s 9th Supplemental Discovery…”
http://gzlegalcase.com/index.php/press-releases/67-george-zimmerman-photograph

Yeah, right…

Missing Discovery
https://diwataman.wordpress.com/2012/11/22/missing-discovery/

State’s 9th Supplemental Checklist
https://diwataman.wordpress.com/2012/12/05/states-9th-supplemental-checklist/

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3 thoughts on “Strange Update in the George Zimmerman Case

  1. Jeralyn made a post about it on Talkleft. She seems to think that Nelson decided to allow the murder case to be transferred to Alva. I’m still considering the possibility that the transfer was automated and nobody’s corrected it yet. Maybe we’ll hear something official, like Alva or Nelson making a statement, in a day or two.

    I’m having difficulty finding any information on Alva. I wonder if she has had any experience with criminal cases or in particular SYG cases. In such a high profile case wouldn’t you want one of the more experienced judges?

    http://forums.talkleft.com/index.php/topic,2283.0.html

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