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George Zimmerman's attorney Mark O' Mara files request for judge to recuse herself from the Trayvon Martin case

George Zimmerman made his first court appearance since being charged with the murder of Trayvon Martin. Mark Strassmann spoke with his attorney, who is concerned about getting a fair trial.

George Zimmerman (center) and his attorney Mark O'Mara
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(CBS) SANFORD, Fla. - Mark O' Mara, George Zimmerman's attorney, filed a request that the judge assigned to his client's case recuse herself on Monday, reports CBS affiliate WKMG.

Pictures: George Zimmerman charged with murder

O'Mara met with Zimmerman at the John E. Polk Correctional Facility on Monday to have him sign the motion, which asks for Circuit Court Judge Jessica Recksiedler to recuse herself so that a new judge can be appointed before Zimmerman's bond hearing on Friday.

Zimmerman, 28,  is charged with second-degree murder in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, 16, on Feb. 26.

Meanwhile, a group of Florida news organizations led by the Miami Herald and including the Associated Press, filed a motion in Seminole County Circuit Court on Monday asking that records in Zimmerman's file be unsealed.

At his first appearance last week, O'Mara asked that the judge seal the records in the case and the judge granted his request.

WKMG reports that those records are normally public under Florida law. The motion by the news organizations says Zimmerman's case doesn't meet the standards that are typically used to create an exemption to those laws.

Complete coverage of the Trayvon Martin case on CBS News

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