Prosecutor bypasses grand jury to file charges


After weeks of mounting tension and protests across the U.S., a special prosecutor has decided to bring 2nd degree murder charges against neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman in the killing of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.

George Zimmerman's attorney Mark O' Mara said Friday that he will likely file a motion to disqualify the randomly selected trial judge assigned to hear his client's case. In a short status hearing Friday afternoon, Circuit Court Judge Jessica Reckseidler spoke with O'Mara via telephone about whether she should recuse herself based on her husband's connection with Mark NeJame, a CNN analyst who has commented on the case. Reckseidler's husband is law partners with NeJame. NeJame was approached by Zimmerman to take his case but told CNN Friday afternoon that he declined to offer partly because it would have required him to spend too much time away from his family. Meanwhile, Reckseidler told O'Mara that if he wishes to file a motion to disqualify her he must do so in writing. She also asked that, if possible, the request be made before Zimmerman's next hearing, which is set for April 20.

Judge Eugene Hyman host of the Family Law Channel gives reasons why prosecutor Angela Corley didn't take this case to a grand jury.

Is the Martin case a hate crime?

Charges filed....were Zimmerman's attorneys out of line?