A court assigned Judge Debra Nelson to the second-degree murder case against Florida neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman, who is charged with killing 17-year-old unarmed teen Trayvon Martin in February. The announcement came a day after Zimmerman's lawyers won an appeal to have Judge Kenneth Lester removed from the case, citing Lester as extremely biased against their client. In July, Lester wrote a scathing bond ruling, in which he called Zimmerman a "manipulator" of the law, and also ordered the release of nearly 150 taped jailhouse calls, even though he had suggested in court that only phone calls which prosecutors had transcribed should be made public. The trial against Zimmerman isn't expected to begin until next year.
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