Skip to comments.Judge Revokes Zimmerman's Bond
Posted on 06/01/2012 11:50:10 AM PDT by Lurker
ORLANDO, Fla. (WLS) - Prosecutors asked a judge Friday to revoke the bond of the neighborhood watch volunteer charged with killing 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.
Prosecutors said in a motion that 28-year-old George Zimmerman and his family misled them about his finances when testifying during a bail hearing that allowed him to be released from jail on a $150,000 bond. Prosecutor Bernie De la Rionda asked for the revocation during a hearing to help determine if prosecutors and the defense can stop the public release of certain documents in the case.
During the bond hearing in April, Zimmerman's relatives testified they had limited funds. Zimmerman's attorney said several days later that he had discovered his client had raised more than $200,000 from a website. At the time of the hearing, about $135,000 had been raised, and that money wasn't disclosed at the bond hearing.
"This court was led to believe they didn't have a single penny," said Prosecutor Bernie De la Rionda. "It was misleading and I don't know what words to use other than it was a blatant lie."
Defense attorney Mark O'Mara said it was an innocent misunderstanding and that Zimmerman wasn't using that money for his expenses and wasn't sure what he could use the money for. He said Zimmerman used the houses of his parents and grandmother as collateral for the bond.
Prosecutors also said in the motion that Zimmerman didn't disclose he had a second passport. Zimmerman turned his passport over to the court at the bond hearing as a measure that would prevent him from fleeing the country.
Zimmerman is pleading not guilty to second-degree murder and claims self-defense. Zimmerman shot Martin last 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 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 told Circuit Judge Kenneth Lester. "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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This is what happens when you displease the State.
Brazen harrassment and setup for murder. They want Zimmerman in jail so he can be whacked by another prisoner (no doubt paid), and get them off the hook for falsely charging him.
And nothing will be done to help Zimmerman.
These prosecutors are beyond evil.
Zimmerman is getting set up.
The headline says the bond IS revoked.
But in the body of the article, all I can see is that the prosecution is ASKING for the bond to be revoked.
There are numerous ways to visit other countries without a passport.
Use one of them. Come back after the revolution.
Where does it say the judge actually granted it?
Zimm is being set up.
Disgusting. I still can’t believe the trial gonna be pushed back that far - El Presidente needs the riots come September/October.
Duke LaCrosse all over again —maybe worse.
Am I just missing it? No where in this story does it say that the bond was revoked. It says the prosecuters filed a motion to revoke bond, but this story says nothing about it being revoked, other than the headline.
this is a stretch. He gets punished for raising money to defend himself?
I used the identical title to the article on WLS except for the fact I misspelled “judge”. I can’t find it in the article either.
The prosecution in twisting Capt. Zimmerman’s words regarding a little bit of cash in his bank account and the alleged second passport to screw him now by revoking his bond.
A true tragedy of our justice system.
All I read is the "Prosecutor" is ASKING for the bond to be revoked.
And the issues that are given as cause has ALREADY been addressed with the court days after the initial hearing. Meaning Zimm et all came forward voluntarily with the data to the court.
Yes a little clumsy, but appropriately cleaned up
More msm lies. The msm knows most people don't read past the headlines so they're still playing at convicting him.