It was NBC news, not ABC news that reported it and I wrote a long post
about it mentioning Chico at the time, linking to the video
It had to do with the media handout at the arrest of GZ's booking photo from the Orange County 2005 case.
Crump found out about Zimmerman's arrest from a female reporter around March 8, 2012. WFTV has his presser still online
. Since the first comment is dated March 10, 2012, that's probably the day it was posted online. If you look at the court records for the case, the first time the media requested the documents in the case was 3/12/12, which seems to be after Crump mentioned it. And that person only bought 1 page. The first person to order and pay for a copy of the file was on 3/22/12, JOHN F. COUWELS, and on 3/30, Reuters reporter Barbara Liston bought some documents, and LAURA L. KURINSKY bought some. At this presser, a female reporter shows him and the Martins a photo of GZ, and all three express surprise (which seems genuine) and say it's the first time they've seen a picture of him. If that's the 2005 booking photo, it seems to me the media got it from law enforcement or the Orange County Sheriff's office or the DA's office rather than the court.
The court records are here
, you have to type in GZ's name and then click on both criminal felony and criminal misdemeanor to come up with both cases.
Michael Isikoff is the reporter for NBC who said Chico was the chief prosecutor on the case. I wonder if he was the prosecuctor on the misdemeanor part rather than the felony.
He was only admitted in 2004. I don't know that he would have handled felony prosecutions for the DA by 2005. GZ's felony complaint was in July 2005. It was transferred to the misdemeanor division in August, 2005. Subpoenas for the misdemeanor trial went out on 11/14/05. The trial was called off when they made a deal. He was approved for pre-trial diversion in 12/2005. The court documents show a different DA, Wayne Wooten, signed the nolle prosequi on 7/28/06, and I'd bet Chico was gone by then.
Chico left the DA's office in 2006 -- his first entry as a defense counsel I could find searching here
was in August, 2006.
08/07/2006 Notice of Appearance
NOTICE OF APPEARANCE FILED DAVID M. CHICO
Case No. 2004-CF-004473-A-O
GZ's pre-trial diversion was extended by 2 months so he could complete community service. At the bond hearing, it was Shelley and GZ's father who mentioned anger management, and Bernie implied he never completed it. The records I have don't show a requirement for anger management. They show his failure to complete community service and they say that as soon as he completes it, supervision will be ended, ahead of the 2 month extension. Has anyone seen a copy of a document specifying anger management?