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Florida judge rejects bail hike for Trayvon Martin's killer
Reuters ^ | April 27, 2012 | Barbara Liston

Posted on 04/27/2012 11:33:03 AM PDT by Free ThinkerNY

SANFORD, Florida (Reuters) - A Florida judge rejected a prosecution request to raise the bond for George Zimmerman on Friday, after it was disclosed that the man charged with murdering unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin had received about $200,000 from anonymous donors to fund his defense.

"I'm not going to make a snap decision," Circuit Court Judge Kenneth Lester Jr. said during a hearing in Sanford, the central Florida town where 17-year-old Martin was shot dead by Zimmerman in February.

He spoke after Prosecutor Bernardo de la Rionda said the disclosure by Zimmerman's lawyer on Thursday that donors had contributed "just over $200,000" to his defense meant that the amount of his bond should be reconsidered.

Lester said he needed more information about Zimmerman's fund-raising before he could agree to any request for reconsideration of the bond.

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TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: georgezimmerman; trayvon; trayvonmartin; zimmerman

1 posted on 04/27/2012 11:33:07 AM PDT by Free ThinkerNY
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Creative writing again.


2 posted on 04/27/2012 11:34:20 AM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

So, in effect, the prosecution wants to prevent Zimmerman from having the money to mount an effective defense.


3 posted on 04/27/2012 11:38:01 AM PDT by Truth29
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To: Free ThinkerNY

When Crump and the Crump-ettes heard that Zimm had raised $200,000 by nickel and dime donations through paypal....

They stained their shorts and went running back to court to get the bail raised. If not revoked complerely.


4 posted on 04/27/2012 11:42:21 AM PDT by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
Zimmerman had been in jail for some time (until his release) - how the he11 would he know how much $ was donated to his paypal account until he got out days after the bond hearing.

$200K...I bet Trayvon's DNA donors are pizzed, probably made less than $100 so far off of their trademarks and got nothing from Fat Albert and Jesse except plane tickets to rallys.
5 posted on 04/27/2012 11:43:26 AM PDT by kevcol
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To: Free ThinkerNY

What’s with the prosecution’s rabid obsession with getting Zimmerman? What information do they have and if so, why was the Affidavit so incredibly baseless? Paging Alan Dershowitz!


6 posted on 04/27/2012 11:45:12 AM PDT by FedsRStealingOurCountryFromUs
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To: Truth29

Trying to limit his defense finances was my take as well. They know that any decent lawyer will crush them.


7 posted on 04/27/2012 11:46:00 AM PDT by LevinFan
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To: Vendome

” Creative writing again. “

To call this “Yellow Journalism” is to do a great disservice to the color yellow...


8 posted on 04/27/2012 11:49:53 AM PDT by Uncle Ike (Rope is cheap, and there are lots of trees...)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
The prosecution persecution is being egged on by Ben Crump and the rest of the racial injustice industry.

Martin attorney: Zimmerman misled court about money http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-bloggers/2877062/posts

9 posted on 04/27/2012 12:03:52 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (Ich habe keinen Konig aber Gott)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Bail is not supposed to be punitive; it’s only to insure appearance in court.

Even a rich person shouldn’t be made to pay high bail just because he can afford it; that’s not the function of bail.


10 posted on 04/27/2012 12:17:02 PM PDT by CondorFlight (I)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

The prosecution continues in their depraved ways.


11 posted on 04/27/2012 12:21:50 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: Free ThinkerNY

What the prosecution has in this case is NOISE, and plenty of it.


12 posted on 04/27/2012 12:39:31 PM PDT by Bringbackthedraft ( WHO WE ELECT AS PRESIDENT IS NOT AS IMPORTANT AS WHO THEY APPOINT.)
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To: Truth29
So, in effect, the prosecution wants to prevent Zimmerman from having the money to mount an effective defense.

Yep - what does the money have to do with it other than more class warfare in the mind of the Martin clan lawyer. Any bets on whether he tries to depict George as a wealthy individual with a siver spoon in his mouth and a penchant for exercising the power of his wealth to kill darling young Black boys. Can I say "boys" or is that racist too?

13 posted on 04/27/2012 12:46:27 PM PDT by trebb ("If a man will not work, he should not eat" From 2 Thes 3)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

...the man charged with murdering unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin....

&&&
Is the charge actually murder? Or are they playing up that one, too?


14 posted on 04/27/2012 12:49:57 PM PDT by Bigg Red (Pray for our republic.)
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To: trebb

The only issue that could be raised by the prosecution regarding this money would be, did the defendant mislead the court about his financial status? And as has already been pointed out, Zimmerman had been in jail, and likely had no idea at the time of his bond hearing how much money had accumulated.


15 posted on 04/27/2012 12:57:44 PM PDT by cbvanb
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To: cbvanb

Reminder to self: Donate as much as possible to George Zimmerman’s defense. Since I don’t donate to charities anymore (obammy is taking care of all the poor now) I might can direct a few of those dollars towards righting a real wrong; the prosecution of George Zimmerman.


16 posted on 04/27/2012 1:10:50 PM PDT by Josa
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To: cbvanb

This man has already been sentenced.

He will NEVER be able to live a normal life again. There is at least 10 million black men out there who would be willing to give their own life to get revenge for Treyvon. They would then be considered a cult hero for doing so.

How can he live any kind of life without always looking over his shoulder? When the next black guy who crosses his path could be the one who ends it for him


17 posted on 04/27/2012 1:14:01 PM PDT by skinndogNN
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To: Truth29

I didn’t know that bail was set based on income. I thought it was based on risk to the community.


18 posted on 04/27/2012 1:15:58 PM PDT by donna (...gay couples raising kids. That's the American way... -Mitt Romney)
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To: Bigg Red

Murder in the Second Degree...


19 posted on 04/27/2012 1:19:57 PM PDT by dangerdoc (see post #6)
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To: skinndogNN

“There is at least 10 million black men out there who would be willing to give their own life to get revenge...”

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I wouldn’t call vigilante violence, reflexively triggered by abjectly ignorant racist hate, the act of a “man”.

Besides any savages acting in vengeance on behalf of the thug Martin, are almost certainly going to operate in a rabid pack. 12 MIGHT be enough to get the job done.....


20 posted on 04/27/2012 1:22:40 PM PDT by EyeGuy (Non-Holder person.)
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To: kevcol

Team Skittles probably thinks George was watching his PayPayl account racking up deposits on his jail issued iPad.


21 posted on 04/27/2012 1:28:42 PM PDT by ironman
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To: Truth29

Lynching’s easier when you make the accused bring the rope.


22 posted on 04/27/2012 1:54:31 PM PDT by ArmstedFragg (hoaxy dopey changey)
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To: CondorFlight

“Bail is not supposed to be punitive; it’s only to insure appearance in court.

Even a rich person shouldn’t be made to pay high bail just because he can afford it; that’s not the function of bail.”

That’s what I thought. Bail should be commensurate with the alleged crime and the accused flight risk. I believe I read somewhere that the judge once the case said that the amount of bail set for Zimmerman was comparable to other 2nd degree murder cases.


23 posted on 04/27/2012 1:57:24 PM PDT by MNGal
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Obviously not the same person who wrote the background on George.


24 posted on 04/27/2012 2:53:17 PM PDT by Jaded (Really? Seriously?)
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To: skinndogNN
When the next black guy who crosses his path could be the one who ends it for him...

BANG, that's two, NEXT?

Regards,
GtG

25 posted on 04/27/2012 3:23:51 PM PDT by Gandalf_The_Gray (I live in my own little world, I like it 'cuz they know me here.)
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To: dangerdoc

Murder in the Second Degree...

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Okay, thanks.


26 posted on 04/27/2012 6:18:19 PM PDT by Bigg Red (Pray for our republic.)
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To: FedsRStealingOurCountryFromUs

Don’t worry. Alan is on the case. He is ‘the best’ appeals lawyer you can get.


27 posted on 04/27/2012 6:23:15 PM PDT by ladyjane
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To: donna
I didn’t know that bail was set based on income. I thought it was based on risk to the community.

Also flight risk. Someone whose major asset is 200K Cash...

28 posted on 04/27/2012 7:25:55 PM PDT by Oztrich Boy (This world is a comedy to those that think, a tragedy to those that feel - Horace Walpole)
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To: Oztrich Boy

He’s going to need that much to hire security.


29 posted on 04/27/2012 8:29:52 PM PDT by donna (...gay couples raising kids. That's the American way... -Mitt Romney)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Bail is used to insure s defendant appears in court.
Unless Zimmerman took some action that indicates he is not going to appear, there is NO LEGAL reason to request a bail increase


30 posted on 04/28/2012 7:50:23 AM PDT by SECURE AMERICA (Where can I sign up for the New American Revolution and the Crusades 2012?)
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