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.