A day after calling for public calm, Orlando lawyer Mark O’Mara opened George Zimmerman’s defense by successfully requesting the temporary sealing of most records in the second-degree-murder case, reports the Orlando Sentinel. Lawyers called it a deft move to limit pretrial publicity after weeks of speculation over what happened the night Zimmerman shot and killed Trayvon Martin.
“He’s going to try the case in court, not in the press, and I admire that,” said Jeff Ashton, who retired last year as the lead homicide prosecutor for the Orange-Osceola State Attorney’s Office. “I don’t expect to see Mark out there giving his opinion [on TV] as much as some other attorneys have in past, high-profile criminal cases.” O’Mara, 56, is a former prosecutor. He asked the public to respect his client’s right to a trial. “He needs to be safe, but he doesn’t need to be in a jail to be safe,” O’Mara said. “He just has to be left alone and let the process work.”