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Sanford, FL - George Zimmerman Must Surrender; Bond Revoked

Published on: June 1, 2012 03:21 PM
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In this Thursday, April 12, 2012 file photo, George Zimmerman, charged with killing 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, right, stands next to a Seminole County Deputy during a court hearing in Sanford, Fla. A judge on Friday, June 1, 2012 revoked Zimmerman's bond and ordered him returned to jail within 48 hours. Circuit Judge Kenneth Lester said Zimmerman misled the court about how much money he had available when his bond was set for 0,000 in April. Prosecutors claim Zimmerman had 5,000 available that had been raised by a website he set up. (AP Photo/Gary W. Green, Orlando Sentinel, Pool) In this Thursday, April 12, 2012 file photo, George Zimmerman, charged with killing 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, right, stands next to a Seminole County Deputy during a court hearing in Sanford, Fla. A judge on Friday, June 1, 2012 revoked Zimmerman’s bond and ordered him returned to jail within 48 hours. Circuit Judge Kenneth Lester said Zimmerman misled the court about how much money he had available when his bond was set for 0,000 in April. Prosecutors claim Zimmerman had 5,000 available that had been raised by a website he set up. (AP Photo/Gary W. Green, Orlando Sentinel, Pool)

Sanford, FL - A judge on Friday revoked the bond of the neighborhood watch volunteer charged with killing 17-year-old Trayvon Martin and ordered him returned to jail within 48 hours.

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Circuit Judge Kenneth Lester said that George Zimmerman and his wife, Shellie, misled the court about how much money they had available when his bond was set for $150,000 in April. Prosecutors claim Zimmerman had $135,000 available that had been raised by a website he set up.

Zimmerman’s wife testified at the bond hearing that they had limited funds available since she was a nursing student and Zimmerman wasn’t working.

“He can’t sit back and obtain the benefit of a lower bond based upon those material falsehoods,” Lester said.

Defense attorney Mark O’Mara said the fact that Zimmerman and his wife never used the money for anything indicated “there was no deceit.”

Prosecutor Bernie De la Rionda described the Zimmermans’ testimony as “misleading.”

“This court was led to believe they didn’t have a single penny,” said De la Rionda. “It was misleading and I don’t know what words to use other than it was a blatant lie.”

Prosecutors also said Zimmerman had failed to surrender a second passport, but the judge dismissed that concern as the equivalent of someone who has lost a driver’s license, applies for a new one and then finds the old driver’s license.

Zimmerman is pleading not guilty to second-degree murder and claims self-defense. Zimmerman shot Martin in February during a confrontation at a gated community of townhouses in Sanford, Fla., where Zimmerman lived and where Martin was visiting his father’s fiancee.

The delay in an arrest for 44 days prompted protests nationwide and led to Sanford’s police chief stepping aside so emotions could cool down.

At Friday’s court hearing, De la Rionda and O’Mara also asked a judge to stop the public release of witness names and statements made by Zimmerman to police officers. Those documents normally are part of the public record under Florida law.

“What’s occurring, unfortunately, are cases are being tried in the public sector as opposed to in the courtroom,” De La Rionda said. “We are in a new age with Twitter, Facebook, and all these things I’ve never heard of before in my career. Everybody gets to find out intimate details about witnesses that never occurred before. Witnesses are going to be reluctant to get involved.”

A consortium of more than a dozen media groups, including The Associated Press, asked the judge to ignore the request, saying such records are presumed to be publicly available under Florida law.

Rachel Fugate, an attorney for the Orlando Sentinel, cited the Casey Anthony trial as an example of a highly publicized case in which a jury was able to be seated despite intense media coverage. The Florida mother was acquitted last year of killing her 2-year-old daughter.

“Discovery in Florida has traditionally been open ... and Florida hasn’t encountered problems seating juries and giving defendants fair trials,” Fugate said.

O’Mara said Friday on a website that he doesn’t expect the case to be ready for trial until next year.

O’Mara said he expects to call on 50 witnesses who need to be deposed before he decides whether to file a “stand your ground” motion which would ask for a hearing before a judge without a jury. At the hearing, Zimmerman would argue self-defense under the Florida law which 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.


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 Jun 01, 2012 at 04:54 PM Anonymous Says:

Everyone will be safer with him off the streets.

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 Jun 02, 2012 at 10:20 PM Anon Ibid Opcit Says:

Handy tips for staying out of jail:
Don't lie to the judge.
Don't conspire to lie to the judge.

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 Jun 02, 2012 at 10:54 PM gitgezogt Says:

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Anonymous Says:

Everyone will be safer with him off the streets.

Who martin or zimmerman?????

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 Jun 02, 2012 at 11:22 PM lalakishkish Says:

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Anonymous Says:

Everyone will be safer with him off the streets.

Oh really??? You would've let your self be killed by a rotzaich like martin! Right?

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 Jun 03, 2012 at 12:33 AM Anonymous Says:

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gitgezogt Says:

Who martin or zimmerman?????

Zimmerman and those like you who suppport this murderer.

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 Jun 03, 2012 at 12:41 AM Anon Ibid Opcit Says:

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gitgezogt Says:

Who martin or zimmerman?????

One of them killed someone, has a lengthy police record and was too unstable to be on a neighborhood watch program.

The other is dead.

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 Jun 03, 2012 at 08:55 AM SherryTheNoahide Says:

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lalakishkish Says:

Oh really??? You would've let your self be killed by a rotzaich like martin! Right?

"Oh really??? You would've let your self be killed by a rotzaich like martin! Right?"

And what right do you have to call Trayvon Martin names & assume he was some violent person?! He was defending his LIFE against a man who had been following him, stalking him, who eventually got OUT OF HIS CAR to continue to follow him... and then pulled a GUN on him!

If anybody was "standing their ground" that night, it was Trayvon Martin! The only thing he was "armed" with, was a pkg of Skittles & an ice tea! He was a victim of racial profiling & Zimmerman was a self-appointed neighborhood watchman w\a major axe to grind against black folks!

Where have you gotten your news for heaven's sakes?!?!

Seeing a young black kid walking home at night wouldn't scare me! But a creepy man stalking me from his car, and then eventually FOLLOWING ME: Now THAT'S SCARY!

So again, why call Martin a "rotzaich"?? What right do you have?! What horrible things do you KNOW about that kid, that would make you so suspicious of HIM... besides the color of his skin?!

And Zimmerman lying to the judge? Doesn't surprise me a bit! He's been a liar from the start! Who's voice is screaming for HELP on that tape?!

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 Jun 03, 2012 at 01:40 PM JCSHOULSON Says:

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SherryTheNoahide Says:

"Oh really??? You would've let your self be killed by a rotzaich like martin! Right?"

And what right do you have to call Trayvon Martin names & assume he was some violent person?! He was defending his LIFE against a man who had been following him, stalking him, who eventually got OUT OF HIS CAR to continue to follow him... and then pulled a GUN on him!

If anybody was "standing their ground" that night, it was Trayvon Martin! The only thing he was "armed" with, was a pkg of Skittles & an ice tea! He was a victim of racial profiling & Zimmerman was a self-appointed neighborhood watchman w\a major axe to grind against black folks!

Where have you gotten your news for heaven's sakes?!?!

Seeing a young black kid walking home at night wouldn't scare me! But a creepy man stalking me from his car, and then eventually FOLLOWING ME: Now THAT'S SCARY!

So again, why call Martin a "rotzaich"?? What right do you have?! What horrible things do you KNOW about that kid, that would make you so suspicious of HIM... besides the color of his skin?!

And Zimmerman lying to the judge? Doesn't surprise me a bit! He's been a liar from the start! Who's voice is screaming for HELP on that tape?!

When you are being beaten - you shout for help. When you are shot to death, you usually cannot speak. Now, who was being beaten and who was shot dead?

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 Jun 03, 2012 at 03:00 PM PMOinFL Says:

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lalakishkish Says:

Oh really??? You would've let your self be killed by a rotzaich like martin! Right?

Zimmerman was the armed stalker here, following a kid around in the dark. Considering that Zimmerman never claims the kid is doing anything wrong, it would seem that Zimmerman was the aggressor.

I too have a carry permit, and had Zimmerman stalked me in the dark like that, I would drawn on him and likely fired. Stalking is illegal in FL, which is why he was told not to follow Martin. The neighborhood watch guidelines also reflect that. Several state laws show that "stalking" is an aggressive act, by definition. That makes Martin the defender.

If you pick a fight with a man and you LOSE, you cannot claim the "defensive" position after the fact. YOU are still the aggressor and cannot claim innocence under Stand Your Ground.

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 Jun 03, 2012 at 03:31 PM Anon Ibid Opcit Says:

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PMOinFL Says:

Zimmerman was the armed stalker here, following a kid around in the dark. Considering that Zimmerman never claims the kid is doing anything wrong, it would seem that Zimmerman was the aggressor.

I too have a carry permit, and had Zimmerman stalked me in the dark like that, I would drawn on him and likely fired. Stalking is illegal in FL, which is why he was told not to follow Martin. The neighborhood watch guidelines also reflect that. Several state laws show that "stalking" is an aggressive act, by definition. That makes Martin the defender.

If you pick a fight with a man and you LOSE, you cannot claim the "defensive" position after the fact. YOU are still the aggressor and cannot claim innocence under Stand Your Ground.

PMOinFL, you are exactly the sort of responsible, informed person who should have a Concealed Carry Permit.

Carrying a firearm does not mean one can ignore common sense and be more aggressive. It places an added burden on a person to consider the consequences of his actions and avoid conflict. You understand this. Mr. Zimmerman did not.

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