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Local Media, Zimmerman Defense Attorneys At Odds Over Access To Pre-trial Hearings

McLean County Law and Justice Center

GLT, The Pantagraph, and the Illinois Press Association have filed legal papers seeking to intervene in the Kirk Zimmerman murder case in Bloomington.  Zimmerman is charged with shooting to death his ex-wife Pamela in her office on East Washington, Street.

Zimmerman's defense lawyers want to prevent media coverage of arguments about two pre-trial motions and to hold the hearings in secret.  The motions deal with potential evidence that the defense believes is inflammatory enough to prevent a fair trial.

Don Craven, a noted first amendment attorney out of Springfield is representing GLT, the Pantagraph, and the Press association, says such attempts are not uncommon.  The three media organizations are asking permission to argue in favor of a transparent legal process.  Zimmerman remains free before the trail after posting 200,000 dollars cash as a bond. 

WGLT Senior Reporter Charlie Schlenker has spent more than three award-winning decades in radio. He lives in Normal with his family.