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'Racist' & other words Zimmerman wants to bar at trial

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  • George Zimmerman's attorneys say certain terms would elicit 'unfounded connotations" & 'unfair emotional responses'
  • Zimmerman is charged with second-degree murder for killing 17-year-old Trayvon Martin on Feb. 26, 2012
'Racist' & other words Zimmerman wants to bar at trial

Can George Zimmerman get a fair trial?

Can George Zimmerman get a fair trial?

Big loss for Zimmerman defense: What's next?

Big loss for Zimmerman defense: What's next?

Court documents released Wednesday show that George Zimmerman's attorneys have filed a motion requesting that the judge bar prosecutors from calling their client a "racist" in front of the jury.

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The motion wants to prohibit disparaging descriptors of Zimmerman, including these terms:

  • "Racial profiled" (or any variation)
  • "Vigilante"
  • "Self-appointed neighborhood watch captain"
  • "Wannabe cop"
  • "He got out of the car after the police(or dispatcher) told him not to"
  • "He confronted Trayvon Martin"

Zimmerman's attorneys argue those terms improperly elicit "unfounded connotations" and "unfair emotional responses.” They also say there is no evidence to support the use of these terms or statements. If prosecutors are allowed to use them, the defense claims, it would be for the sole purpose of inflaming the jurors and appealing to their emotions to create a bias against Zimmerman.

The motion may be addressed at Thursday's hearing. Watch HLN to see the proceedings live. HLNtv.com will also live blog the hearing.

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