Ahead of his July 8 hearing, Jeremy Meeks is reportedly asking a judge to block all cameras from the courtroom.
According to TMZ, Meeks’ lawyer is planning to file a motion Thursday to keep media from snapping pictures or recording video during the hearing. The new motion comes after a judge dismissed a previous motion by Meeks, asking that he be allowed to wear designer clothes to court instead of his orange prison jumpsuit. The motion also requested that Meeks be unshackled during the proceedings.
In the new documents, Meeks’ lawyer says he is asking that media photographers not be allowed in the court room because if he is photographed in his jail clothes, his ability to receive a fair trial will be at risk. The lawyer claims having to wear the jumpsuit instead of a suit will make Meeks appear guilty.
He added that Meeks’ story and image has been shared by numerous media outlets and he has "become woven in the fabric of pop culture." And with all the exposure he has already received, his lawyer says Meeks being splashed across the news in prison attire will deprive him of an unbiased jury.
Meeks remains in the San Joaquin County Jail for felony weapons charges. His bail is set at over $1 million. A Go Fund Me campaign launched by his mother following his arrest has so far raised a little over $5,000.
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It was also recently announced that Meeks had landed a spot on the roster of agent Gina Rodriguez. Rodriguez represents figures like “Teen Mom” Maci Bookout and "Real Housewives of Atlanta” star Kim Zolciak.