In our “Update on Media Policy For the Zimmerman Defense” we established that our policy is to post “ALL public documents associated with the Zimmerman case, including motions filed by the defense and State, as well as orders filed by the Court.”
Our first opportunity to follow through on this policy has met with a challenge. On Thursday, November 8, the State filed the State's 9th Supplemental Discovery which included the names and addresses of several witnesses. By including these witnesses names and addresss, the State was out of compliance with the Order to Unseal Court File, dated April 23, 2012, which says "the Court file is unsealed and the names and addresses of witnesses agreed to by the State and Defense will be redacted until further order of the Court;" and with the Order on Matters Addressed at April 27, 2012 Hearing, dated April 30, 2012, which states that "documents containing protected information should be filed in redacted form for the public record and in unredacted form under seal for in camera review."
While the State’s 9th Supplemental Discovery is already public, we will not post the unredacted version on our website as doing so compounds the State’s error and would violate the spirit of the Court order. Therefore, we have blocked out the names of witnesses that should have been redacted on the copy of the State’s 9th Supplemental Discovery on our website. While we intend to maintain our recently announced principle of posting “… ALL public documents…” we will further maintain discretion in this regard, when its exercise is appropriate, such as here.