SANFORD, Fla. - George Zimmerman's attorneys have again been denied the right to question under oath the attorney for Trayvon Martin's family.
In what was in essence a one-word order, Judge Debra Nelson Thursday denied Zimmerman's second attempt to force Benjamin Crump to testify in a deposition about his dealing with Witness 8, the young woman on the phone with Martin in the moments before Zimmerman killed him.
Using audiotape released on the Internet by ABC News after Zimmerman subpoenaed it, the defense argued Crump did not disclose all of his substantive conversations with Witness 8 in a affidavit Crump filed with the court. ABC News was present and recorded portions of a telephone conference call Crump held with Witness 8 and others.
For that reason and others, the defense asked Nelson to reconsider her order barring them from deposing Crump.
But Nelson, in the most direct possible way, "denied" that request.
Zimmerman is charged with second-degree murder in the February 2012 death of the 17-year-old Martin. He claims he acted in self defense.
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