This is the story as the way I see it.
On April 4, 2013 Benjamin Crump walked into the Seminole County Courthouse and filed the settlement agreement reached with the Retreat at Twin Lake Homeowners Association. He filed the agreement in the States case against George Zimmemrman.
On April 5th, 2013 the clerk of the courthouse sent a letter to Crump which states:
How that reads to me is that Crump filed the agreement in tact, NOT redacted and left instructions to seal the entire thing because the details within the document contained confidential information.
And unless Crump filed the appropriate motion pursuant to subdivision (d)(3), the agreement would be made public:
E. Rule 2.420 , Public Access to Judicial Branch Records, Fla. Rules of Judicial Administration
So the clerk would have made the agreement public on April 15, 2013. However, on April 11th, 2013(stamped April 12 on the court record) O’Mara filed a motion to unseal the record.
As I see it, what this motion from O’Mara in effect did was put the file in stasis. What this did in effect was stop the file from being released as the clerk would have done on April 15 had she not received the appropriate response from Crump. O’Mara essentially did that for Crump.
All O’Mara had to do was wait four days. If Crump had not filed anything the clerk would have released the file and there would no need for O’Mara to do anything. If Crump did respond to the clerk, O’Mara then could have responded to that but NOW because of O’Mara it has become Crump responding to him instead.
If the terms, parties and amount are what Crump wanted to be kept confidential why did he not redact those items before filing with the court? It seems to me Crump screwed up by filing an unredacted version but thanks to O’Mara he won’t have to worry about that. Don’t get me completely wrong here. I’m sure Crump would have filed with the clerk, he more than likely would have done so on the last day like he did with the list he gave to O’Mara regarding who was in the room with him during the DeeDee interview. But why not wait a few days and see? Would that have not been the best way to go here? O’Mara then could have fashioned his response to what Crump WOULD have said if O’Mara had not filed his motion first.