A Sanford judge has set an Oct. 19 hearing so that George Zimmerman's lawyer and prosecutors can argue over what to do about Trayvon Martin's school records.
Trayvon is the unarmed black 17-year-old whom Zimmerman fatally shot Feb. 26 in Sanford.
Earlier this month defense attorney Mark O'Mara issued subpoenas for the school records, making clear that he wants to look at Trayvon's disciplinary records, attendance, test scores and other information.
Assistant State Attorney Bernie de la Rionda accused O'Mara of trying to start a media feeding frenzy -- he used the phrase "chum the waters" -- with that request.
Trayvon's school records have become a contentious issue because police reported that he was in Sanford the night he was shot -- and not in high school in Miami-Dade -- because he'd been suspended for 10 days after officials found him with an empty marijuana baggie.
Prosecutors have charged Zimmerman with second-degree murder. He says he acted in self-defense after Trayvon attacked him.
De la Rionda does not oppose the subpoena for Trayvon's school records, he wrote in court paperwork filed, but he doesn't want the information made public.
He asked Circuit Judge Debra S. Nelson to seal whatever they reveal.
De la Rionda also asked the judge to make O'Mara file all future subpoenas under seal, to review each one in secret and decide whether it should be issued and then to evaluate in secret the information it produces and decide whether that information should be kept from the public.
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