The 5th District Court of Appeals ruled in favor of George Zimmerman and ordered Judge Kenneth Lester to enter an order of disqualification. The ruling was quick to the point.
“Although many of the allegations, standing alone, do not meet the legal sufficiency test, and while this is admittedly a close call, upon careful review we find that the allegations, taken together, meet the threshold test of legal sufficiency.”
The ruling can be found here.
It is now up to the Chief Circuit Judge to appoint a successor Judge. It is obviously too early to know how the new Judge will handle this case, but this is a big win for Zimmerman. Regardless of what the outcome of this case eventually is, the Defense beat the Prosecution in this round. More than that, the Defense’s logic was sound in this panel’s eyes and the State Attorney General’s Office’s response was insufficient.
Update – April 30th, 2012 3:45 PM: Judge Debra S. Nelson has been assigned as the new Judge in the Zimmerman case. Coincidentally, she is also presiding over Shellie Zimmerman’s perjury case.
It looks like Judge Nelson scored below Judge Lester in the recent Judicial Poll that was released.
RobeProbe.com also has a limited public rating on her.