ORLANDO — Florida news organizations, including the Tampa Bay Times, are challenging the sealing of records related to the second-degree murder case against George Zimmerman in Trayvon Martin’s shooting.
The news organizations filed a motion Monday in Circuit Court in Seminole County.
Zimmerman attorney Mark O’Mara asked for the records to be sealed last week, when his client was charged in the Feb. 26 killing of Martin, 17.
Zimmerman, 28, is pleading not guilty, saying he acted in self-defense.
No hearing date was set immediately.
Records such as police reports, autopsy reports and transcripts of witness interviews are normally public under Florida law.
Zimmerman’s case doesn’t meet the standards that are typically used to create an exemption to those laws, according to the motion filed by the news organizations.
Those standards allow the sealing of records if their public release would create an imminent threat to the administration of justice, if there are no alternatives for protecting a defendant’s right to a fair trial and if closing the records protects the rights of the person being tried.
A spokeswoman for the special prosecutor in the case said her office was reviewing the media motion but had no immediate comment.