Attorney: George Zimmerman Was Confused, Fearful

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Attorney: George Zimmerman Was Confused, Fearful
by Mike Schneider, AP

Orlando, FL (AP) -- June 4, 2012 --

The former neighborhood watch leader charged with fatally shooting Trayvon Martin was confused and fearful when he and his wife misled court officials about their finances during an April bond hearing that allowed him to be released from jail, his attorney said Monday.

Attorney Mark O'Mara wrote on a website run by George Zimmerman's legal team that he will ask for another bond hearing. A day earlier, Zimmerman returned to jail because his $150,000 bond was revoked by a Florida judge after prosecutors claimed Zimmerman and his wife, Shellie, deceived the court during the bond hearing.

At the hearing, Shellie Zimmerman testified that the couple had limited funds for bail because she was a full-time student and her husband wasn't working. Prosecutors say Zimmerman actually had raised $135,000 in donations from a website he created.

Circuit Judge Kenneth Lester ordered Zimmerman returned to the Seminole County Jail, and Zimmerman complied Sunday afternoon. Zimmerman had been hiding in an undisclosed location for safety reasons.

"While Mr. Zimmerman acknowledges that he allowed his financial situation to be misstated in court, the defense will emphasize that in all other regards, Mr. Zimmerman has been forthright and cooperative," O'Mara said.

Zimmerman will remain in jail at least until next Monday because the judge will be out of court this week and has no hearings scheduled.

Zimmerman is charged with second-degree murder for fatally shooting Martin during a confrontation in a Sanford, Fla., gated community where Zimmerman lived and where Martin was visiting. He has pleaded not guilty and is claiming self-defense. The delay in his arrest for 44 days led to protests nationwide and led to intense debate about self-defense laws and race. Martin was black; Zimmerman's father is white and his mother is from Peru.

Prosecutor Bernie De la Rionda presented to the judge last week a partial transcript of telephone conversations Zimmerman had with his wife from jail, days before the April 20 bond hearing. Zimmerman and his wife discussed the amount of money raised from the website, and Zimmerman spoke in code to tell his wife how to make fund transfers, according to the transcript. The code referred to amounts of "$15" in place of "$150,000."

When Shellie Zimmerman was asked at the bond hearing how much money was raised from the website, she said, "Currently, I do not know."

O'Mara acknowledged that the phone calls make clear Zimmerman knew a lot of money had been raised by the website. But Zimmerman's judgment was clouded by threats to his safety that required him to stop working and forced Zimmerman and his family to leave their homes, the lawyer said.

"We feel the failure to disclose these funds was caused by fear, mistrust, and confusion," O'Mara said.

Of the $204,000 raised from the now-defunct website, $150,000 is under the administration of an independent third party. About $30,000 was used to help Zimmerman go into hiding after he was released from jail in April. The remaining $20,000 was kept in cash to help with the Zimmermans' living expenses. A separate website started by O'Mara has raised $37,000.

The revocation of Zimmerman's bond could impact his case in several ways, legal experts say.

If the judge refuses to grant bond a second time, O'Mara is under pressure to move the case along because his client will be sitting in jail, not his own home.

The bond problem also could influence the judge's opinion of Zimmerman's credibility if there is a "stand your ground" hearing. Such a hearing, before the judge and with no jury, would give Zimmerman the chance to argue he killed Martin in self-defense under the Florida law that gives wide latitude to use deadly force rather than retreat in a fight if people believe they are in danger of being killed or seriously injured.

If there is a trial, prosecutors, under certain circumstances, may be able to cite the bond hearing to raise questions about Zimmerman's credibility in a case in which he is going to need to convince a jury about his version of what happened during the confrontation.

"The gravity of this mistake has been distinctly illustrated, and Mr. Zimmerman understands that this mistake has undermined his credibility, which he will have to work to repair," O'Mara said.

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George Zimmerman Returns To Florida For His Surrender

SANFORD, Fla. (CBS/AP) -- June 4, 2012

(CBS/AP) MIAMI - George Zimmerman, the former neighborhood watch volunteer charged with murder in the killing of Trayvon Martin, surrendered to police Sunday and was booked into a central Florida jail two days after his bond was revoked.

Zimmerman's legal team said in a tweet Sunday afternoon that he was in police custody. Circuit Judge Kenneth Lester revoked Zimmerman's bond on Friday, saying the defendant and his wife had lied to the court in April about their finances so he could obtain a lower bond.

About 40 minutes before the 2:30 p.m. Sunday deadline to surrender, the Seminole County jail website listed Zimmerman as an inmate. He was being held without bail and had $500 in his jail account, the website showed.

Seminole County Sheriff Donald Eslinger said Zimmerman turned himself in to two sheriff's office employees around 1:25 p.m. near the jail, and was then driven there. Zimmerman arrived in a white minivan and did not respond to questions from reporters as he walked inside, handcuffed and wearing blue jeans, sneakers and a button-down shirt.

"He is quiet and cooperative," Eslinger said at a news conference after Zimmerman's surrender.

The sheriff's office said the 28-year-old Zimmerman would be in a cell by himself, separated from the general population, because the case is so high-profile. The 67-square-foot cell is equipped with a toilet, two beds, a mattress, a pillow, a blanket and bed sheets. Zimmerman will not have access to a TV.

Prosecutors said last week that Zimmerman and his wife told the judge at a bond hearing in April that they had limited money, even though he had raised about $135,000 through a website set up for his legal defense. They suggested more has been collected since and deposited in a bank account. Defense attorneys say the matter is a misunderstanding.

The judge said Friday he would schedule a hearing after Zimmerman was back in custody so he could explain himself.

On "CBS This Morning" O'Mara told Charlie Rose that he believes the Zimmermans had made a mistake.

"I think it was out of fear, and maybe some frustration with having their lives turned completely upside-down and not having a good level of trust with anyone that they were dealing with. But I think they realize it was a mistake. They look forward to the opportunity to clearing that up with Judge Lester," O'Mara said.

O'Mara said the Zimmerman family must apologize for not being straightforward with the judge about the funds raised online for George Zimmerman's defense.

He denied that there was tension between himself and his client, but admitted Monday that "certainly there was some frustration with realizing that what was, I truly believe, an oversight, or at least a mistake that they made, has now truly come to bear on Mr. Zimmerman directly with his incarceration."

Zimmerman, who was charged in April with second-degree murder in the fatal shooting of the 17-year-old Martin in Sanford, was ordered by a judge Friday to return to jail. After his release, Zimmerman stayed at an undisclosed location for his safety.

Zimmerman's legal team said Sunday that they will ask for a new bond hearing to address the judge's concerns, and that they hope Zimmerman's voluntary surrender will show he is not a flight risk.

The money that Zimmerman has raised is in an independent trust and cannot be directly accessed by Zimmerman or his attorneys, according to the press release.

He has pleaded not guilty to the second-degree murder charge. He maintains that he shot Martin in self-defense under Florida's so-called "stand your ground" law because the teen, who was unarmed, was beating him up. Zimmerman claims the teenager had confronted the then-neighborhood watch volunteer about following Martin in a gated community in Sanford, about 25 miles northwest of Orlando.


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  • by Rob on Jun 8, 2012 at 02:24 AM
    You see, Jessica, you say I like to point out Crump, Sharpton, and others. Well, that's because of the fraud they perpetrated in successfully getting media, Florida Officials and others to hate & arrest George Zimmerman after relying on their misrepresentations. Even President O'bama was tricked into believing them, as is apparent or clear by the evidence of him making the statements about how Trayvon would look like his son, and he feels bad for the parents. Well, does he feel bad about Zimmerman, and Zimmerman's parents? I guess not if he believed them that he ran & caught Trayvon while waving a gun & when Trayvon was hollering for help and pleading for mersy... Zimmerman executed him by gunning him down in cold blood like a rabid dog because he was black. See? Now that it all comes out with evidence and everything to the contrary... The President probably wishes he wouldn't have fallen for the shaded story of false pretenses. But it's not doing him any good by just putting it into denial. He really needs to come out and say it was an ill-advised rush to judgement & the fraudulent behavior needs to be investigated to see if there is to be some arrests for the false imprisonment of George Zimmerman, nothing more or nothing less.
  • by no mens rea on Jun 6, 2012 at 09:31 AM
    HoleeeCow! Angela Corey is out of control. Now she's threatening to sue Harvard Law Professor Alan M. Dershowitz and Harvard Law School. This quote from Dershowitz's article appearing today. "State Attorney Angela Corey, the prosecutor in the George Zimmerman case, recently called the Dean of Harvard Law School to complain about my criticism of some of her actions. She was transferred to the Office of Communications and proceeded to engage in a 40 minute rant, during which she threatened to sue Harvard Law School, to try to get me disciplined by the Bar Association and to file charges against me for libel and slander. She said that because I work for Harvard and am identified as a professor she had the right to sue Harvard. When the communications official explained to her that I have a right to express my opinion as "a matter of academic freedom," and that Harvard has no control over what I say, she did not seem to understand. She persisted in her nonstop whining, claiming that she is prohibited from responding to my attacks by the rules of professional responsibility—without mentioning that she has repeatedly held her own press conferences and made public statements throughout her career." To read the rest of the article, go here...http://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/3094/angela-corey
  • by Rob on Jun 6, 2012 at 12:30 AM
    Get real people. Don't just argue like little kids on the playground. The fact is GZ is not a flight risk because it would be insane to run when the law is on HIS side. They said in the very beginning that there was no reasons to arrest him. And they testify they have nothing even. So it's a piece of cake for GZ. The only reason they feel they have to treat GZ this way is because they feel they have to appease the racist blacks to prevent mayhem. That in itself is a terrible travesty to GZ's rights. Some will have to pay for it in the end I believe... Or if not, they should.
  • by misti Location: tally on Jun 5, 2012 at 12:57 PM
    Look he is dead now it is time for the jury to decide a lot of bulgy pesple go free every day and innocent ones they has no money for a master is in prison for something they didn't do I do feel tor this boys family no one should br killed but when it is a black on black crime you hear nothing when its s white on white you hear nothing race should not be the issue but it always is and that's a shsme
  • by misti Location: tallahassee on Jun 5, 2012 at 08:26 AM
    Let him go! If it was a black that killed a white there would not be all this attention but because he has some some white in him you all want to rum your mouths and that's right put him in population if he is any kind of a man he will be ok blacks are not the only ones in prison there just not as smart as whiteand get caught easy thanks
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      by Jessica on Jun 5, 2012 at 11:38 AM in reply to misti
      Smart? Ma'am if you have a high school education I would be shocked. Being smart has nothing to do with it. Its all about skin color. A sad but true fact even after all these years. What would be really smart is if no one white or black committed a crime in the first place.
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        by Justice for Zimmerman on Jun 5, 2012 at 06:36 PM in reply to Jessica
        Trayvon committed a crime. He did not like authority, so he tried to kill Zimmerman. Zimmerman did what he had to do.
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          by Hammer on Jun 5, 2012 at 09:37 PM in reply to Justice for Zimmerman
          Arizona Iced tea (certain flavors) and Skittles are used in addition to certain cough syrup to make a Purple or Red Drank called LEAN. When used every day, it can cause punks to get out of control and make irrational decisions.
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          by Jessica on Jun 6, 2012 at 06:33 AM in reply to Justice for Zimmerman
          On the night in question TM was not committing a crime. Shock of all shocks he actually paid for the items he got from the 7-11. You and others like to bring up things this kid did in the past that was wrong, but the fact in most teens have a problem with authority at some point. If we are lucky we outgrow it and learn. We will never know if this would have happened with TM because GZ decided that he wanted to be a hero and ended up a zero. "Oops. He was the burgler I thought he was." does not cut it. TM did not know GZ and if GZ would have followed the common sense advice of the dispatcher TM would still be alive. Just because the police bungled the investigation and let their prejudice sway their decision in not charging GZ does not mean he is faultless.
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          by Justice for Zimmerman on Jun 7, 2012 at 05:25 PM in reply to Justice for Zimmerman
          @ jessica,Trayvon committed a crime when he tried to kill Zimmerman. Trayvon got what he deserved. He should have just answered Zimmermans questions, but he didn't like authority.
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      by Anonymous on Jun 5, 2012 at 04:01 PM in reply to misti
      Let him go because he committed another crime? Logic is not your strong suit is it?
  • by TruthBeTold on Jun 5, 2012 at 04:45 AM
    Confused and fearful - Pleeeeezzz! Those words are a description of what Trayvon felt before he was killed. Confused that someone was following him and fearful this person was dangerous, which Zimmerman was. He is right where he needs to be - locked up! Justice for Trayvon will prevail.
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      by NOMNOM on Jun 5, 2012 at 07:49 AM in reply to TruthBeTold
      Oh okay you were there? You even know their emotions too...wow you're good. You know everything about everything. You should run for Mayor.
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        by Jessica on Jun 5, 2012 at 11:43 AM in reply to NOMNOM
        Apparently you were because you have been defending GZ like he was family from Day 1. You are entitled to your opinion and TruthBeTold is entitled to theirs. Neither one of you screaming guilt or innocence will make the slightest bit of difference in the end.
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          by Anonymous on Jun 12, 2012 at 04:26 PM in reply to Jessica
          My money is on the eyewitnesses who saw Trayvon beating up Zimmerman. That leaves emotional issues out of the mix and opinions like yours.
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      by sick on Jun 5, 2012 at 08:23 AM in reply to TruthBeTold
      sick and tired of hearing about that little thug. but on the flip side looks like one crooked individual took out anoher. good ridance to both. R.I.P. thug and DONT DROP THE SOAP ZIMM ZIMM.you had me in your corner till you decided to be a theif.. idiot
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        by Anonymous on Jun 5, 2012 at 04:00 PM in reply to sick
        Couldn't agree more.
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      by police officer on Jun 5, 2012 at 08:27 AM in reply to TruthBeTold
      when you are being robbed in the hood pleasedont call for help because there wont be any.
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        by Jessica on Jun 5, 2012 at 11:41 AM in reply to police officer
        There usually any anyway. Somehow the police always manage to come to "dangerous" areas when they are no longer of use. You can forget about them solving the crime after the fact. Heck you better hope that you don't get victimized twice. First by the perp then by the LEO who wants to pretend he/she is doing her job.
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          by Anonymous on Jun 12, 2012 at 04:28 PM in reply to Jessica
          Funny how there were eyewitnesses who saw Trayvon beating up Zimmerman but none of them wanted to stop it. Good for Zimmerman in defending his life. Trayvon was a thug who would have gone on to harm more people.
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      by Justice for Zimmerman on Jun 5, 2012 at 06:39 PM in reply to TruthBeTold
      The only thing on the thugs mind was to kill Zimmerman by banging his head against the concrete, (Back of Zimmermans head shows it) So it was self defense, plain and simple.
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      by Rob on Jun 7, 2012 at 02:11 AM in reply to TruthBeTold
      Hey, TruthBeTold, Trayvon was not confused one bit. He knew that area down there where he ran toward the back exit gate very well. It was right next to his townhome where he visited often. He wasn't ready to go inside yet. He decided not to. He knew all about the posted signs all around with the big picture of the EYE, saying all suspicious people will be watched & called in to the Sanford police. He though it was funny. He decided he would sneak back up there real fast along that sidewalk in the middle & take a peak to see if that guy's car was still parked up there. He was not fearful at all. The phone girl says he said he wasn't going to run, just walk fast. He wanted to scare the guy & teach him a lesson for daring to "watch" him like that. If he was fearful, he never would have gone back up there. That nghbrhd in the night was "HIS" territory. And low & behold when he was peaking around the corner to the left to see if that vehicle was still there... Here came GZ walking from that other street where he ended the phone call & discussion with police. He was walking back to his car. And Mr. confidence bully Trayvon decided to confront him. Phone girl even says he spoke the 1st words. And then he sucker punched GZ & got him down on the ground. GZ was hollering so TM put his hand over GZ's mouth and tried to silence him by bashing his head. He was so NOT fearful that he threw caution to the wind & never even considered that someone might be packing a gun. And he had one last breath. I think he said,"You got it" twice. He died with no fear. He just couldn't believe it happened that way.
  • by William Location: San Diego on Jun 5, 2012 at 03:47 AM
    I would like that websites, where you can raised thousands of dollars in a matter of hours'days unless you are conneced to a larger networks of people who came to the aid of a bipoplar comrade who exposed the groups cover, because of his stupidty. The American Fronts is alive and well in Central Florida, South Georgia, Alabama,Arkansas, Mississippi. Why are these terrorists allow to exist here,Jim Crow Manifesto since 1867. It come from the Oders. Jim Crow Historians know exactly what I'm saying.
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      by Grace on Jun 5, 2012 at 05:28 AM in reply to William
      this make sense to anyone?
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      by NOMNOM on Jun 5, 2012 at 06:46 AM in reply to William
      You would like that websites what?
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      by Question Answered on Jun 5, 2012 at 08:14 AM in reply to William
      Wow. if I translated that into English properly the answer is quite simple and straight forward. maybe you can get someone to explain it to you. "They are allowed to exist just exactly because of the same reason the Black Panther Party is allowed to exist."
  • by Rob on Jun 5, 2012 at 12:32 AM
    What you have to ask yourself, is Why would law abiding lawful citizens of the United States be sending Gobs of MONEY to a man if he was really a cold blooded killer who gunned down an innocent child like a rabid dog and in a racially motivated hateful way because the young child was the skin color of black? Nobody would send money to such a nasty terrible person like that !!! Why do those Congress people & Crump & Sharpton & Jackson & the marchers, & the press & the president think he is such a person? Why do all these donaters have it figured out so well? They're actually sending MONEY, man. MONEY talks. Nobody's going to bet money unless they know he's innocent. Look at the map of the complex. Look at the evidence. Look at how the defense even "TESTIFIED" that they didn't even have evidence. Please judge, throw this out of court. Can't you see these accussors are the racists, NOT George Zimmerman.
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      by Tallynole on Jun 5, 2012 at 08:09 AM in reply to Rob
      Why would someone send money to someone they are convinced is innocent?!? If we really is innocent, than a public defender (free to him) and a jury of his peers should be sufficent... Only in your opinion do those donators have it figured out so well.. To some of us, he instigated an issue in which the only outcome was phsyical harm, thus he didn't shoot to protect his life, he shot because he instigated a situation in which he had to shoot.
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      by james on Jun 5, 2012 at 08:32 AM in reply to Rob
      why the hell did i sign the change.org for the theif.will never sign another one. as i look back they were trying to get as many people to sign it as soon as they could. i think they lawyered up an hour after he was shot. greedy crump is behind this to line his pocket. he is dead and not coming back. fewer crimes will be commited far as i am concerened. maby less murders.
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      by Jessica on Jun 5, 2012 at 11:55 AM in reply to Rob
      Of course law abiding citizens will send money to a cold blooded murder. The reason is simple: They see themselves as GZ. We have a whole lot of people who would like to believe they are being targeted because of their white skin color and anytime they think someone 'like' them is being targeted they rarely care if the person is really guilty. The fact of the matter is most black people are too busy trying to survive to be bothered to target white people. You will rarely see us defending someone black who got caught victimizing someone else regardless of race. Notice I said got caught because the wheels of justice have no problems prosecuting blacks just defending them.
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        by Rob on Jun 6, 2012 at 12:17 AM in reply to Jessica
        There's still SOME who bother to target them... Mr. Crump, Sharpton, Jackson, Velma Williams & several other congress people in Florida, Georgia, and elsewhere. President O'bama said Trayvon could be his son when all the fraudulent influence was swirling around, and he has never come back to say it was ill-advised or that all defendants are innocent until proven guilty. Votes are too important for that. Trayvon Martin was caught victimizing someone (George Zimmerman)... And we see you defending Trayvon. You make quite a lot of false accuasations there in the 1st couple lines of your post. You have it backwards, Jessica. Now-a-days white people really don't even think about race & color of the skin. How can you be so blind? Can't you see how racist the blacks are in all of this? They are the ones throwing rhyme or reason to the wind and want to put someone in the electric chair just because they like Trayvon Martin BECAUSE the color of his skin was black. They should go back & study what Martin Luther King preached. The whites have taken notice of what he preached and so have the Hispanics. Why can't the blacks do it?
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          by Jessica on Jun 6, 2012 at 06:49 AM in reply to Rob
          Are you reading the same comments that I am on this website? I will not even tell you that some blacks don't like white because there are more than a few who don't. What I said was that most blacks do not target white people the way so many are stating in their posts. You like to point out Sharpton, Crump and others to make a statement. Sharpton does not speak for me and Crump does not work for me. Contrary to popular belief black people are capable of forming thoughts on their own. As for the Obama the only thing he said was that he felt for the parents for losing a child. If he did have a son that son would have had brown skin (look at his daughters). He never said GZ was guilty. You were not there that night and I wasn't either, but even you have to acknowledge that motion of that night was started when GZ decided to follow TM. I see lots of white people in my neighborhood to purchase drugs from the local dummies. Is it ok to confront and shoot them if I 'feel' threatened because I suspect they are breaking the law? No. What you do is call the police and let them handle it.
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          by Rob on Jun 8, 2012 at 02:07 AM in reply to Rob
          Jessica, Zimmerman WAS calling the police to let them handle it. If Trayvon hadn't come back up there to confront him, he would have been to his car in another minute & the police would have met him there, & they would have looked around the complex a little... And if Trayvon would have step inside his townhome, they never would have found the suspicious character & it would have been an unsolved call. It would have been reported and that's that !!! The weather & circumstance made TM look suspicious. When GZ was starting to drive out the complex, he saw TM running and it looked funny. But it was just because TM was trying to run under the eve of a building to get out of the rain probably. It was just the perfect storm to get GZ suspicious. It makes sense because GZ had been involved in the neighborhood watch program. So he decided to call the police. Didn't make sense somebody was running around at night in the rain. In retrospect it makes sense he would be out there wasting time along his route because he probably wanted to smoke a duby where nobody could smell the smoke that would otherwise be confined in a building, such as his townhome for example. Maybe that's why he ran down that way 1st. Maybe he buried his pipe along the sidewalk somewhere, or maybe even put it away in his townhome & came back outside, before walking fast up to the northern complex area. Remember, they DID find a lighter on him, plus forty dollars & 15 cents.
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        by Rob on Jun 8, 2012 at 01:46 AM in reply to Jessica
        Jessica, I don't think Trayvon was targeting Zimmerman because he was white. I think he could tell GZ was Hispanic when he punched him in the face. It was at close range & I think there was probably a few street lights or complex lights in the visinity. I think he just targeted him because he dared to watch him & he didn't like it... thought he would teach him a lesson. Don't think the guy really looked white to him. Now that time... The wheels of justice didn't have a problem defending O.J. Simpson, I remember. If it didn't fit they must acquit. The gloves must have shrunk from all the soaked blood I guess. But I think one of the gloves was found in the back of O.J.'s house. But there must have been some reasonable doubt. But that was a good job of defending that time.
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        by Anonymous on Jun 12, 2012 at 04:35 PM in reply to Jessica
        Fools see themselves as entitled thugs like Trayvon who nearly kill people while feeling they are entitled to harm others because of their myopic perceptions then want the system to come to their aid. Ask yourself how much money was collected in Trayvon's name, who will really get it and will the IRS be told how much was collected. Trayvon was a thug. Zimmerman defended his life after having his head slammed into concrete as others watched this event. Try to see people for how they behave not the color of their skin. Jessica you are defending a criminal.
  • by Rob on Jun 5, 2012 at 12:22 AM
    You watch, the bail will probably be reduced. You don't charge extra bail just because they have more money. He has proven time and again he is no risk for flight or danger to anyone. Therefore, it should be considered that bail could be substantially reduced !!!
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      by Anonymous on Jun 5, 2012 at 03:57 PM in reply to Rob
      You're an idiot. You do increase bail for a flight risk, and someone who plots to steal money and holds another passport they didn't reveal is certainly a flight risk.
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        by Rob on Jun 8, 2012 at 11:53 AM in reply to
        How could you say I'm an idiot? It's common sense to realize you don't want to take flight when the whole case is going HIS way. You might take flight if you know you are quilty like O.J. did. But with Zimmerman, the police force even said there is no cause to arrest him. The only reason he was arrested in the 1st place was but for the fraud of Mr. Crump that tricked Florida into arresting him. He falsely says he has an afidavit from the girlfriend, etc. Look at all the money being funneled in to GZ's Defense Fund. (Notice I did not say his "Bail Fund", Okay?) Now upstanding people would not do that for a racist murdered who would chase down a small black child while waving a gun & execute him as he is loudly crying out for mercy to save his own life, as Mr. Crump explained it at his March 20th press conference. They just wouldn't donate to a guy like that. And the icing on the cake... the prosecution testified under oath that they have no evidence to refute... even that they don't have any Zimmerman medical records... The were so lax-a-daisy that they didn't even try to acquire them. Mr. O'mara had to give them his OWN copies so they could see it was true. When they see it they're going to believe it because it's true. So you see everything is going so well in the case for GZ that there is no way he is going to run. Everything is in HIS favor !!! There's really no need for any bail at all. He could be released on his own reconisence.
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      by Jess on Jun 5, 2012 at 09:40 PM in reply to Rob
      This is an attempted by Crump-ed Up and Corey to try to make it difficult for him to field a legal defense. She is a terrible lawyer and figures the she and her second stringer need to go up against a public defender just out of FAMU law school to win this case. I can't believe no one is running against her.
  • by 8th Amendment on Jun 4, 2012 at 07:38 PM
    The fact that he surrendered belies an argument that he is a flight risk. Bail is not meant to be punitive. Convict the man if he is guilty and thereafter impose a sentence. Bail is designed to ensure that the accused does not pose a threat to the community and that he or she appears as ordered. He turned himself in...so what is the purpose for holding him without bail? Our bill of rights has been turned on it's head as a result of the war on drugs. Be careful celebrating an individual's depravation of freedoms today, as you may find yourself longing for those same freedoms tomorrow.
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