As you are probably aware of by now, George Zimmerman is back in jail after deceiving the court about the amount if money he had at his disposal at the time of the bond hearing. Zimmerman had raised $135,000 in donations to PayPal account set up for his legal defense, but neither he nor his wife Shelly Zimmerman disclosed that funding source, deceiving the court.
Defense attorney Mark O’Mara offered the following explanation:
When asked to explain further the Zimmermans’ reasoning, O’Mara replied, “I truly want that explanation to go directly to the person who deserves it, Judge Lester. But not to sound coy, my understanding is that the family had been put upon with things – thrown out of their house, their jobs, schools, other family members in hiding. For whatever reason they felt the need to protect some of that money for a very uncertain future.
“I think now they realize that they should have simply trusted Judge Lester and the process to work with them fairly, even if they had not been treated fairly in the past. And I think they’ll clear that up with Judge Lester.
“I think the Zimmerman family needs to apologize to the court for having not given him full information,” O’Mara added. “I’m going to ask the court to rely on the fact that Mr. Zimmerman has, but for this event, treated the court fairly, treated the system fairly, he surrendered himself now twice, he’s of course voluntarily given the police department all of the statements that they’ve wanted, he’s involved in whatever testing the state has wanted or the defense has wanted. I think he’s doing everything he should do.
“I think they were just acting out of fear and frustration, but they don’t have that luxury,” he said.
It sounds like Zimmerman was retaining the money to provide for additional possible moves in case their locations were disclosed by the New Black Panthers and other violent Trayvon Martin supporters that have loudly and continuously called for George Zimmerman and his family to be targeted in “Justice for Trayvon” lynchings.
That is no excuse to deceive the court, but considering the extraordinary pressure being brought against the family of the accused in this high profile case, I think Judge Lester has some leeway if he decides to grant the defense’s expected motion today for a second bond hearing.