WHOA: Judge Walks Out of Courtroom on "Whining" Zimmerman Attorney
Tensions were palpable in the Sanford, Florida courtroom late Tuesday night where George Zimmerman is standing trial for the murder of Trayvon Martin. When the judge in the case called a recess at 10 p.m. until the next morning, Zimmerman's defense attorney, Don West, told her his limits were being pushed.
"I'm not physically able to keep up this pace much longer," West said, citing weekend sessions and late nights. The judge's response to West's "appeal"? The sound of her heels clacking on the floor as she walked out of the courtroom.
The defense team is expected to rest today after Nelson ruled against their request to allow two pieces of evidence.
The defense wanted to submit into evidence a computer-simulated animation of the fight between Zimmerman and Martin based on Zimmerman's version of what took place. They also wanted to introduce text messages from Martin's phone that appear to refer to fighting.
Gregg Jarrett went over these rulings and West's aforementioned plea to the judge about having to work long hours to complete the trial. Jarrett and Lis Wiehl had some harsh words for West, with Jarrett wondering "is this the first trial this guy has actually ever tried?"
"It was amazing to me," said Wiehl.
"Here we are talking about a second-degree murder trial that everybody in the country is looking at and he's whining about having to work weekends. .... He kind of got [the judge] upset and rightfully so."
She said the judge is focused on moving this trial along as quickly as possible so she can release the jurors, who've been sequestered for weeks, unable to communicate with their families.
It's not the first time West's conduct has come under heavy criticism, since he opened the trial by telling an ill-conceived knock-knock joke to the jury.
Defense attorney Remi Spencer pointed out that even though the computer animation video will not be admissible as evidence, the defense will still be able to show it to the jury in closing arguments.
"This is a very powerful piece of evidence. It will be very persuasive," said Spencer.
Stay tuned to Fox News throughout the day for more developments in the trial.