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George Zimmerman’s lawyer: George is nearly broke, wants public to pay his legal costs

Murder suspect George Zimmerman, whose plight prompted thousands of well-wishers to donate a flood of money — more than a collective $250,000 — is nearly broke, his lawyer said Monday, and plans to ask the public to pay for his defense.

“He really has to live as a hermit, unfortunately,” said Mark O’Mara. “He’s not doing well. He’s getting by.”

His legal-defense fund, which once hovered around $210,000, now has a balance of $50,000, O’Mara said Monday, with about $20,000 in outstanding bills.

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Posted by on August 14, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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Zimmerman in Safehouse in Seminole County: Attorneys

Zimmerman was released from jail Friday after he posted $1 million bond

George Zimmerman is staying in a safehouse in Seminole County after bonding out of jail for the second time, his attorneys said Sunday.

Zimmerman was released from jail Friday afternoon after a judge set his bond at $1 million. Zimmerman’s original bond of $15,000 was revoked and he was ordered to return to jail last month after prosecutors claimed he and his wife misled the court about how much money they had.

“In addition to the $15,000 Mr. Zimmerman paid for his previous bond, $85,000 was paid from the George Zimmerman Legal Defense Fund to reach the 10% of the $1,000,000 required,” his attorneys said in a posting on gzlegalcase.com.

In the release on the website, his attorneys thanked the public for their generous outpour of online donations and said more than $36,000 had been raised since the bond was set.

With Zimmerman freed, his attorneys said said he would be able to actively participate in his defense.

Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer, is charged with second-degree murder for the killing of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. Zimmerman claims he shot the unarmed teen in self-defense.

“The defense maintain that Mr. Zimmerman has a strong self-defense claims, and this is what we will be focusing on in the months ahead,” the website states.

As part of his release conditions, Zimmerman must remain in Seminole County, will be monitored with an electronic monitoring device and will have to adhere to a curfew. He also cannot open a bank account or consume alcohol.

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Posted by on July 9, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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George Zimmerman’s Bail Hearing Closing Arguments 06/29/12 HD

 
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Posted by on July 6, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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Zimmerman Lawyer’s Press Interview About Client’s Jail Return.

 
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Posted by on June 3, 2012 in News

 

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Video: Zimmerman surrenders to county sheriff, back in JAIL

Six weeks after being released from jail on bond, George Zimmerman, who is facing second-degree murder charges in the death of Trayvon Martin, is back in police custody.

Mr. Zimmerman turned himself in to the authorities in Sanford, Fla., early Sunday afternoon, according to a blog post from his lawyer, Mark O’Mara. Judge Kenneth R. Lester Jr. had revoked his bond two days earlier and gave him 48 hours to surrender to the authorities.

In revoking the bond, Judge Lester found that Mr. Zimmerman had misled the court about his finances, with the help of his wife, during his April bond hearing.

At the time, Mr. Zimmerman had access to as much as $135,000 from a PayPal account that collected donations through a legal defense Web site. But Mr. Zimmerman’s wife testified that she was unaware of how much money had been collected through the site. Because it was believed that Mr. Zimmerman had no money, he was released on a low bond of $150,000.

As evidence, prosecutors presented transcripts at Friday’s hearing of telephone conversations between Mr. Zimmerman, who was in jail, and his wife. They said the two were discussing in code what to do with the money.

Mr. O’Mara said that he was unaware of the money at the time of the first hearing and that he planned to ask for another bond hearing so that Mr. Zimmerman could explain himself to the judge.

“Judge Lester runs a very tight courtroom, as well he should,” Mr. O’Mara said after the ruling. “He didn’t believe they were being as straightforward and honest as he wanted them to.”

The death of Mr. Martin, 17, on Feb. 26 created a national controversy after the police declined to arrest Mr. Zimmerman for over a month, raising questions about racial profiling and Florida’s self-defense law.

Mr. Zimmerman said that the unarmed teenager attacked him and that he was in such fear for his life that he was forced to shoot Mr. Martin. Mr. Zimmerman had a license to carry a concealed weapon.

While witnesses heard shouts and saw figures fighting outside their windows, the rain and darkness made it difficult to see clearly. As a result, Mr. Zimmerman’s account of what happened that evening as Mr. Martin walked through a gated community in Sanford back to the home of his father’s girlfriend is critical to Mr. Zimmerman’s self-defense case.

Judge Lester’s reversal on the bond will allow prosecutors to cast doubt on Mr. Zimmerman’s story, experts said.

“The fact George Zimmerman was dishonest is very important because his credibility is the most important thing in this entire case,” Benjamin Crump, the Martin family lawyer, said after Friday’s court session.

Mr. O’Mara said that Mr. Zimmerman’s safety was still a concern. He has been in hiding since shortly after the shooting. While he was in jail awaiting his April bond hearing, he was kept in solitary confinement to protect him from other prisoners.

“We are very concerned about safety still, and we will maintain that concern,” Mr. O’Mara said after learning his client would be forced to return to jail. “There are ongoing threats and concerns and complaints. I don’t know where along the spectrum they become true threats. We have begun to process and analyze a number of the statements he has given to the police.”

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Posted by on June 3, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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New Evidence – George Zimmerman Used “N Word” In Text Message And E-Mail when referring who to look out for when on patrol in Sanford

Sources have confirmed that the prosecution team investigating the shooting death of Trayvon Martin by George Zimmerman have in their possession new evidence in the form of text messages and e-mails in which George Zimmerman uses the “N Word” when referring who to look out for when on patrol in his Sanford, Florida neighborhood.

This could be the most volatile evidence yet and could be a major blow to the self-defense case Zimmerman’s legal team is trying to build. It is no secret that Zimmerman’s attorney Mark O’Mera is motioning to seal some pieces of evidence until the trial, this could be to halt any change in public opinion that his client did not racially profile Trayvon Martin as he followed him through his neighborhood.

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A hearing is set for Friday.

Prosecutors say Zimmerman’s statements are inconsistent, and Zimmerman’s attorney believes his emails and text messages could prejudice potential jurors.

Both sides also say they worry that witnesses will be harassed if their names are released.

The media’s motions say the attorneys’ requests are too broad.

Zimmerman has pleaded not guilty, claiming self-defense.

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Posted by on May 30, 2012 in Justice, News

 

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Trayvon Martin’s killer George Zimmerman said to make self-incriminating statements

ORLANDO, Fla., May 24 (Reuters) – Neighborhood watch captain George Zimmerman made statements to police that help establish his guilt in the second-degree murder case against him for killing unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin, prosecutors said in a court filing on Thursday.

The claim came in a motion by prosecutors to keep some of Zimmerman’s statements under seal pending his trial in a case that triggered civil rights protests across the United States, while sparking widespread debate over guns, self-defense laws and U.S. race relations.

“Defendant (Zimmerman) has provided law enforcement with numerous statements, some of which are contradictory, and are inconsistent with the physical evidence and statements of witnesses,” the prosecutors said in their court filing.

They said the statements by Zimmerman were admissible in court and “in conjunction with other statements and evidence help to establish defendant’s guilt in this case.”

The court filing offered no details about the statements Zimmerman made to police or other law enforcement officials. It said Florida’s public records law had no provision requiring “the disclosure of a confession” of a defendant.

“The state asserts that this provision includes an admission of a defendant that could be used against him at trial,” the filing said.

Zimmerman, 28 is charged with shooting and killing the 17-year-old Martin as he walked through a gated residential community in Sanford, Florida, near Orlando, on Feb. 26.

Police initially declined to arrest Zimmerman, citing Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” self-defense law, but a special prosecutor who was subsequently appointed charged Zimmerman with second-degree murder.

Zimmerman has pleaded not guilty.

In a separate court filing on Thursday, Zimmerman’s lawyer Mark O’Mara joined in the motion to keep his client’s statements out of the public eye for the time being.

“There is the possibility that these statements may be subject to motions to suppress, if there is a potentially involuntary statement elicited from Mr. Zimmerman,” O’Mara said.

“The release of that information would be highly prejudicial to Mr. Zimmerman’s case, and again, would adversely affect the proper administration of justice,” he said.

O’Mara also asked the judge to withhold what he said were thousands of emails received by the Sanford police about the case, some of which are racially charged, and Zimmerman’s own text messages, emails and journal entries obtained by prosecutors as part of their evidence gathering.

Seminole County Circuit Court Judge Kenneth Lester set a June 1 hearing to consider the motions for a protective order.

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Posted by on May 25, 2012 in Justice, Local News

 

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Several witnesses in George Zimmerman case change their accounts that may damage Zimmerman

Evidence released last week in the second-degree murder case against George Zimmerman shows four key witnesses made major changes in what they say they saw and heard the night he fatally shot 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in Sanford.

Three changed their stories in ways that may damage Zimmerman. A fourth abandoned her initial story, that she saw one person chasing another. Now, she says, she saw a single figure running.

Here are the key ways in which their stories changed.

Witness 2

A young woman who lives in the Retreat at Twin Lakes community where Trayvon was shot, was interviewed twice by Sanford police and once by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

She told authorities that she had taken out her contact lenses just before the incident. In her first recorded interview with Sanford police four days after the shooting, she told lead Investigator Chris Serino, “I saw two guys running. Couldn’t tell you who was in front, who was behind.”

She stepped away from her window and when she looked again, she “saw a fistfight. Just fists. I don’t know who was hitting who.”

A week later, she added a detail when talking again to Serino: During the chase, the two figures had been 10 feet apart.

That all changed when she was re-interviewed March 20 by a Florida Department of Law Enforcement agent. That time, she recalled catching a glimpse of just one running figure, she told FDLE Investigator John Batchelor, and she heard the person more than saw him.

“I couldn’t tell you if it was a man, a woman, a kid, black or white. I couldn’t tell you because it was dark and because I didn’t have my contacts on or glasses. … I just know I saw a person out there.”

Witness 12

A young mother, who is also a neighbor in the townhome community, never gave a recorded interview to Sanford police, according to prosecution records released last week. She first sat down for an audio-recorded interview with an FDLE agent March 20, more than three weeks after the shooting.

During that session, she said she saw two people on the ground immediately after the shooting and was not sure who was on top, Zimmerman or Trayvon.

“I don’t know which one. … All I saw when they were on the ground was dark colors,” she said.

Six days later, however, she was sure: It was Zimmerman on top, she told trial prosecutor Bernie de la Rionda during a 2 1/2-minute recorded session.

“I know after seeing the TV of what’s happening, comparing their sizes, I think Zimmerman was definitely on top because of his size,” she said.

Witness 6

This witness lived a few feet from where Trayvon and Zimmerman had their fight. On the night of the shooting, he told Serino he saw a black man on top of a lighter-skinned man “just throwing down blows on the guy, MMA-style,” a reference to mixed martial arts.

He also said the one calling for help was “the one being beat up,” a reference to Zimmerman.

But three weeks later, when he was interviewed by an FDLE agent, the man said he was no longer sure which one called for help.

“I truly can’t tell who, after thinking about it, was yelling for help just because it was so dark out on that sidewalk,” he said.

He also said he was no longer sure Trayvon was throwing punches. The teenager may have simply been keeping Zimmerman pinned to the ground, he said.

He did not equivocate, though, about who was on top.

“The black guy was on top,” he said.

Witness 13

He is important because he talked to Zimmerman and watched the way he behaved immediately after the shooting, before police arrived.

After this neighbor heard gunfire, he went outside and spotted Zimmerman standing there “blood on the back of his head,” he told Sanford police the night of the shooting.

Zimmerman told him that Trayvon “was beating up on me, so I had to shoot him,” the witness told Serino. The Neighborhood Watch captain then asked the witness to call his wife, Shellie Zimmerman, and tell her what happened.

In two subsequent interviews about a month later — one with an FDLE investigator and one with de la Rionda — the witness described Zimmerman’s demeanor in greater detail, adding that he spoke as if the shooting were no big deal.

Zimmerman’s tone, the witness said, was “not like ‘I can’t believe I just shot someone!’ it was more like, ‘Just tell my wife I shot somebody…’ like it was nothing.”

Those witnesses are likely to be interviewed at least once more before Zimmerman’s trial. Defense attorneys in Florida routinely question witnesses under oath as they prepare for trial

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Posted by on May 22, 2012 in Justice, News

 

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Discovery: DeeDee’s (Trayvon’s Girlfriend) Full Statement to the State Attorney

 
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Posted by on May 20, 2012 in Justice

 

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Trayvon Martin Family Attorney Benjamin Crump, What Was In George Zimmerman Toxicology

 
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Posted by on May 18, 2012 in Justice, News

 

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