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SANFORD, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35 ORLANDO) -

A judge denied a request for a gag order in the George Zimmerman second-degree murder case Monday.

Prosecutors had asked Judge Debra Nelson to prevent Zimmerman's attorney, Mark O'Mara, from commenting on the case online. However, the judge stated there was no proof that it would cause an unfair trial.

The judge also ruled that Zimmerman's medical records will remain confidential unless they pertain to the case.

Prosecutor Bernie De La Rionda had argued that too many online comments are being made by attorneys, saying it will be difficult to find an impartial jury.

"Put yourself in the defendant's shoes. Is that proper? Are we going to be able to pick a jury and have a fair trial?" De La Rionda said.

He added that Zimmerman's legal website, gzlegalcase.com, and Twitter account are biased. "I'm requesting the court to curtail that and not allow defense to be commenting on the facts of the case."

O'Mara, meanwhile, counters that Trayvon Martin's family attorneys are the ones who started the public campaign, calling Zimmerman a racist murderer. He said he has a right to defend his client in public.

"The facts will speak for themselves but they seem to be out there. Benjamin Crump and Natalie Jackson decided this was going to be a national media case. I'm not saying they are in conspiracy, but in reality, what they are doing is presenting the state's case."

Jackson has denied calling Zimmerman a racist murderer in the past.

O'Mara also claims the FBI, FDLE and Department of Justice have not handed over all the evidence in the case against his client, accused of second-degree murder in the death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, shot February 26 in Sanford.

O'Mara is allowed to examine all of FDLE's evidence, the judge said. Nelson also asked the state to request items from the FBI and Department of Justice for defense attorneys.

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