I just listened to the Zimmerman case, which was supposed to merely be about what information would be released via discovery and what the media would be allowed to see.
After that order of business was decided, however, the State dropped a bombshell, claiming that George Zimmerman hid a second passport, and that he and his wife lied about the money they had at their disposal prior to the bond hearing. Furthermore, they had their poorly coded conversation about the money recorded via the prison phone system.
It was quickly determined that the second passport was a procedural gaffe by Zimmerman attorney Mark O’Mara, and the judge found it easy to forgive that minor transgression as a mistake.
He did not take Mr. and Mrs. Zimmerman conspiring to lie about the money kindly, however, and suggested to the prosecutor that he was surprised that he didn’t come to the court to have charges sworn out against her at the hearing.
Judge Lester revoked George Zimmerman’s bond, and he must return to prison within 48 hours.
I can’t begin to fathom the sea-change this disclosure and bond revocation make to this case. All known physical and medical evidence released to this point had either supported or at least hadn’t conflicted with Zimmerman’s account of the fight he had with Trayvon Martin that ended in Martin being killed by a single shot at contact range.
Zimmerman and his wife destroyed his credibility, for absolutely no reason, to conceal access to money that could have been used to pay the bond if they hadn’t lied.
I don’t think it is out of line to suggest that these flagrant and stupid lies by George Zimmerman may have just cost him dearly, even if the actual evidence of the shooting itself exonerates him. He may have just lost the sympathy of the judge towards dropping of the charges before the trail, and tainted his chances at the trial if the case precedes that far.
What. A. Moron.
Update: Tom Maguire finds an interesting theoretical silver lining:
If forced to conjure a silver lining for Zimmerman, I would say that the judge can claim he has gone by the book and even thrown it at Zimmerman, which may give the judge some latitude down the road when facts and an absurd prosecution case oblige him to rule in favor of Zimmerman at the pre-trial self-defense hearing.
Update: Link to the Prosecution’s motion to revoke bail.