News Outlets Ask Judge To Unseal George Zimmerman Files

Several news outlets filed a motion on Monday morning to get Florida court records unsealed in the second-degree murder case against George Zimmerman, the man accused of killing unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin.

Judge Jessica Recksiedler sealed the case on Thursday after Zimmerman’s attorney asked for the records to be shielded from the intense public scrutiny that has taken place since the Feb. 26 killing in Sanford, Fla.

The Miami Herald reported that prosecutors agreed with the defense attorney’s request so the judge went ahead with it.

The Herald, the Tampa Bay Times, the New York Times, NBC and CNN all joined in the motion to unseal the records.


Nick Martin is an associate editor at TPM in New York City. He came to the site in 2011 as a reporter for TPMMuckraker. Previously, he worked in Arizona, first as a staff reporter for a local newspaper and later as a freelance journalist. He also ran the news blog Heat City. Contact him at