Courtroom drama: Defense attorneys complain about speed of trial
Judge Debra Nelson kept the George Zimmerman trial going until late Tuesday night. And with attorneys tired, there was disharmony in the courtroom.
Attorneys were arguing about two issues: Getting an animation into evidence and whether or not they could show jurors text messages and photos the defense found in Trayvon Martin's cell phone.
"I'm not doing this ... Court is in recess until eight in the morning," Nelson said, as she interrupted an argument over the text messages.
Defense attorney Mark O'Mara said Monday he expected to wrap up the defense's case by Wednesday. This is unlikely, he said Tuesday night, because he had not been able to prepare.
"I can't do it tonight," O'Mara said about 10 p.m.
As Nelson began to rush out of the court room, defense attorney Don West stood up.
"Judge, I'm not able to keep up with this pace much longer," West said. "It's 10 o'clock at night. We started this morning. We have had full days every day."
O'Mara raised his arm asking West to stop.
West continued, "weekends, depositions at night."
Nelson changed her mind and started Wednesday at 9 a.m. instead of 8 a.m.
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