The Orlando Sentinel describes the maneuvering over what may become a document dump in the Zimmerman case:
SANFORD - Attorneys for the Orlando Sentinel, WFTV-Channel 9, NBC, CNN, The New York Times and other media companies are to be in court today fighting for access to records in the George Zimmerman case, but today's fight may not be a long one.
Some of what they're demanding was released Monday, a week after they made their requests. Those are the records in Zimmerman's court file, such things as his written plea of not guilty and a request by his lawyer that an earlier judge step aside because of a potential conflict of interest.
Another set of much-sought-after records may be another, bigger fight. Those are the ones collected by the special prosecutor and spelling out what evidence she has against Zimmerman.
Two weeks ago, Zimmerman's lawyer formally asked Special Prosecutor Angela Corey to provide the records by today, a deadline she is required by law to meet.
Once she provides them to him, they're public records, meaning they should be available to anyone who asks for them.
But the day after Zimmerman's arrest, defense attorney Mark O'Mara asked that those records be sealed, and Corey's trial lawyer, Bernie de la Rionda, agreed, and so did Seminole County Judge Mark Herr.
But on Thursday, Corey's office indicated it was preparing to release them to the public.
It's not clear whether the case's new judge, Circuit Judge Kenneth Lester Jr., will listen to arguments today about those prosecution records.
From the docket (Case 592012CF001083A) we see that on 4/23 there was an order to "Unseal Court File", which presumably covers the Monday document release. The hearing today is set for 9 AM.
cboldt provides a link to the 18th Circuit high profile cases, and reminds us that Judge Lester expressed his belief in prompt disclosure at last weeks bond hearing:
I'm going to have to work and I'm going to rely upon the state and the defense to assist me as far as what to do with the court file becausethe media absolutely has a right to the court file. The state understands that. The defense understands that.
I think at a preliminary we need to work toward getting that information to the media with the redacted version as far as addresses and names. Can the state and defense advice me if you have any objection with me working toward that right now?
I'll give you the final product, so you can OK it before anything's released. We can get that to the media as quickly as possible and then we'll tentatively set a hearing for next Friday at 9:00 to allow the media to go ahead and, if they any further concerns at this time, to go ahead and voice them. But I think if we can get that product to them immediately, I think that will alleviate a lot of the concerns they have with not being kept up to speed and being able to (INAUDIBLE). Is that OK with you?
I still think that the defense wants to move this case off the front page by starving it of oxygen. The mob will move on and real law can be applied.
But I can imagine the judge believes he will feel a lot less heat if he puts the facts on public display. If the prosecution case is as weak as it appeared last week, the judge's job will be easy.
As to what the prosecution wants, well, Ms. Corey got the headlines she wanted from her big press conference announcing the ludicrous charges. Unless her case is a lot better than we think, I would guess concealment (or very selective leaks) would be her preferred strategy.