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Media Argue Against Sealing Zimmerman Records

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George Zimmerman sits on the stand during his bond hearing in a Seminole County courtroom on April 20, 2012 in Sanford, Florida. (Photo by Gary Green/The Orlando Sentinel-Pool/Getty Images)

George Zimmerman sits on the stand during his bond hearing in a Seminole County courtroom on April 20, 2012 in Sanford, Florida. (Photo by Gary Green/The Orlando Sentinel-Pool/Getty Images)

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ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A consortium of more than a dozen media groups is asking a judge not to seal some records in the case of a neighborhood watch leader charged with killing 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.

The media groups are asking a judge Friday to ignore a request by prosecutors and George Zimmerman’s attorney to keep from being released publicly the names of witnesses and some statements the neighborhood watch captain made to police.

Prosecutors and Zimmerman’s attorney fear witnesses will be harassed if their names are publicized. Prosecutors also say some of Zimmerman’s statements are inconsistent.

The media groups say those aren’t good enough reasons to keep what is usually a public record from being released.

Zimmerman has pleaded not guilty to killing Martin and is claiming self-defense.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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