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Court: Zimmerman judge should disqualify himself

ORLANDO — A three-judge panel in Florida has ruled that a new judge should be named in the case of a former neighborhood watch leader charged in the fatal shooting of teenager Trayvon Martin.

Florida’s 5th District Court of Appeal ruled Wednesday that Judge Kenneth Lester should enter a motion to disqualify himself in George Zimmerman’s second-degree murder case. Mr. Zimmerman’s attorney Mark O’Mara asked the court earlier this month to overturn a previous ruling by Judge Lester not to leave the case.

One of the three judges dissented in the ruling.

Mr. O’Mara had argued that Judge Lester should disqualify himself after he said the judge made disparaging remarks about Mr. Zimmerman’s character and advocated for additional charges against him in setting his $1 million bond in July.

Mr. Zimmerman remains free on bail. He has pleaded not guilty.

NEW YORK

Man faces sentencing for dismembering boy

NEW YORK — A New York City hardware store clerk who pleaded guilty to kidnapping, killing and dismembering a lost little boy was sentenced Wednesday to 40 years to life in prison.

Levi Aron pleaded guilty this month to lesser charges in a deal that spared him a criminal trial and the possibility of life in prison without parole. When asked Wednesday if he wanted to speak at his sentencing hearing, the 37-year old whispered “no.” He will be eligible for parole in 40 years.

Aron wore a black yarmulke, bushy beard and orange prison jumpsuit, and kept his head down and eyes closed for much of the hearing. His attorneys said Aron suffered a head injury as a child that went untreated.

Aron admitted he kidnapped and killed 8-year-old Leiby Kletzky after the boy approached him on a Brooklyn street and asked for directions on July 11, 2011. The boy was Hasidic, an ultra-Orthodox version of Judaism, and the killing shook the tight-knit community in Borough Park, a safe and somewhat insular neighborhood home to one of the world’s largest communities of Orthodox Jews outside Israel. Aron, who lived nearby, was Orthodox but not Hasidic.

UTAH

Bars claim victory in drink-special fight

SALT LAKE CITY — Utah restaurant and bar owners are toasting the settlement of a lawsuit in their fight to get the state to allow drink specials.

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