Media outlets request the court unseal Zimmerman documents

By Andrew Jones
Monday, April 16, 2012 12:12 EDT
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Police booking photographs released by the Seminole County Sheriff's Office on Wednesday shows George Zimmerman after being taken into custody. Prosecutors Wednesday charged a neighborhood watch guard with second-degree murder in the killing of an unarmed US black teenager that sparked nationwide anger amid suspicions it was racially motivated. (AFP Photo/)
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Attorneys representing media outlets are requesting the Stanford judge overseeing the Trayvon Martin case to unseal the court file, according to The Orlando Sentinel.

Media outlets filed an eight-page motion Monday morning, hoping for Seminole County judge Mark Herr to back away from an agreement with the lawyers of George Zimmerman, who want to keep the file sealed.

Herr agreed to keep the file sealed without signing an official order. Media outlets protest the decision, claiming it wasn’t necessary to keep the file secret and that most of the case’s evidence has been revealed in public.

The New York Times, Miami Herald, The Tampa Bay Times, The Florida Times-Union, CNN and NBC are among the media outlets filing the motion.

The First Amendment Foundation, a nonprofit media advocacy group in Tallahassee, also was a part of preparing the motion.

Zimmerman was charged with second- degree murder last week for shooting Martin on February 26. He is currently under custody.

Andrew Jones
Andrew Jones
Andrew Jones is a staff writer/reporter for Raw Story. Besides covering politics, he is also a freelance sports journalist, as well as a slam poetry and music artist. You can follow him on Twitter @sluggahjells.
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