Trayvon Martin Murder Case Judge Jessica Recksiedler On Bench Less Than 16 Months

Trayvon Martin Murder Case Judge Jessica Recksiedler On Bench Less Than 16 Months

TRAYVON MARTIN MURDER CASE JUDGE JESSICA RECKSIEDLER:  Circuit Court Judge Jessica Recksiedler, a relative newcomer, has been assigned to George Zimmerman’s case. He will appear before her on May 29 for his arraignment. Recksiedler was elected to the bench in 2010, and has not had any experience with high profile murder cases, but that doesn’t mean she can’t handle such a case. Here’s a brief bio on Jessica Recksiedler:

Before she became a judge, Recksiedler worked as a prosecutor, handling juvenile sex crimes. She is a graduate of Stetson University’s law school, and she has been a lawyer for 15 years. She is also board certified, one of only 4,500 of 90,000-plus Florida lawyers deemed to be a specialist. In her case, the specialty is civil law. Source: Miami Herald

Education: Bachelor of science, accounting, Florida State University, 1994; juris doctorate, Stetson University College of Law, 1997

Political experience: None

Other experience: Extensive civil and criminal jury trial experience and handled cases in courts all over the state. Board certified and recognized jury trial expert by the Florida Bar, which requires extensive qualifications. As part of the evaluation to become board certified, I was evaluated by the judges I had cases in front of and the attorneys I tried cases against on my ethics, professionalism, knowledge and skills. I prepare, write and grade the seven-hour board certification exam as part of Board Certification committee as appointed by the Florida Bar.

Family: Husband, Jason; two children. Source

Judge Recksiedler seems to have very little experience as a judge and I am curious as to why the case wasn’t assigned to a more experienced judge given the high profile.

UDPATE#1: New wrinkle for Judge Jessica Recksiedler, her husband, Jason Recksiedler works for CNN legal analyst Mark NeJame, who will offer commentary on the Trayvon Martin murder case. Conflict of interest. 

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Janet Shan is a freelance journalist and managing editor of the Hinterland Gazette, who is working on her first novel, a mystery based in the hills on Montego Bay.
  • edgar

    We need to protect ourselves from people that take matters in their own hands,that lack of judgement or judge too quik,or judge a person for his  apparience,this guy was told by an authority not to pursue…also how can you defend yourself from somebody running away from you?he appointed himself as judge he made a mistake.

    • HinterlandG

      Edgar — This is a prime example of why it’s important to know all you can about judges you are voting for at the polls. Separately, the stand your ground law is rife with problems because it is based on what one’s perception of feeling threatened really is.