Media Argues Against Sealing Zimmerman Records
A consortium of more than a dozen media groups is asking a judge not to seal some records in the case of a neighborhood watch volunteer charged with killing 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.
The media groups will ask a judge Friday to ignore a request by prosecutors and George Zimmermanís attorney to keep from being released publicly the names of witnesses and some statements the neighborhood watch captain made to police.
Prosecutors and Zimmermanís attorney fear witnesses will be harassed if their names are publicized. Prosecutors also say some of Zimmermanís statements are inconsistent.
The media groups say those arenít good enough reasons to keep what is usually a public record from being released.
Zimmerman has pleaded not guilty to killing Martin and is claiming self-defense.