Well ... it seems this judge is well respected from the defense lawyers as well as prosecuting lawyers.
New judge in Zimmerman case no 'soft touch,' lawyer says - CNN.com
Lester has been a judge since 1996 and has previously handled juvenile, probate and mental health cases. A 2011 poll by the Central Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers rated him the top judge in Seminole County for legal knowledge and diligence.
He had the second-highest overall score among Seminole County circuit judges in that survey, which also ranked the jurists for impartiality, freedom from bias and demeanor