Bob Owens

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The Zimmerman excuse

Written By: Bob - Jun• 04•12

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.

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7 Comments

  1. Phelps says:

    I think the judge is just going to tack on whatever amount they “concealed” to the bail and send him home again.

  2. Tom J says:

    Is it even legal for him to use the money donated to a “legal defense fund” to make bail? I think he can very reasonably argue that the money does not belong to him and he is not free to use it however he chooses. That is certainly true ethically, even if it ins’t legally.

  3. Sandy says:

    How can Shelley be charged with perjury, or lying, when she said she didn’t have the amount in the account at the time she was asked, but offered to get her brother in law on the phone, who was the one who would have had that information. The prosecutor and the judge both blew that offer off, and never asked to get him on the phone. Remember the account was growing rapidly, by the hour, and any answer she gave would have been incorrect, and then she would also be called a liar for giving a lower number.

    The paperwork given to the judge, by the prosecutor’s to increase or revoke bail on Friday only contained excerpts from the original bail hearing. They conveniently left out the offer to get the brother in law on the phone. The judge apparently forgot that also.

    I understand that the judge broke the law by even holding the bail revocation portion of the hearing, without GZ present. That is required by law.

    O’Mara only found out about the bail revocation portion at 8:30 AM on the day of the hearing. He was given no chance to put together a rebuttal. He was not served notice timely, another requirement in the law. When O’Mara asked the judge to delay ruling on the revocation, the judge told O’Mara to just deal with it.

    GZ was the husband of Shelley, and therefore was not required to jump up and say, hey my wife is lying, or misleading. He was not under oath, and he never made the first statement in court that day about anything financial. He did not perjure himself. The potted plant comment by the judge was very unnecessary and unprofessional.

  4. Georg Felis says:

    Yeah, sure. Trust the Government. It’s not like a large pile of loose money sitting around would be confiscated as drug money and you could have to go through months of legal stress to hopefully get at least some of it back, right?

    Um…Actually yes.

    The State certainly seems like they have made up their mind already as to the guilt of GZ, the only thing they have to deal with is this pesky trial thingie before they can get onto the real work of sentencing and how big the fine should be (How much do you have in that fund now Mr. Z? Yes, that should be a good starter.)

  5. J H in TX says:

    Bullshit there’s not an excuse to deceive the court. I would have done the very same thing and hidden as much as possible. Dumb move? Probably, but this man is in fear of his life on the inside AND the outside. He has not been treated fairly by the system so far and every right to feel threatened by the authorities. Let’s hope this judge is a better one than some we’ve seen on the bench in the past few weeks.

  6. SDN says:

    Bob, we have reached the point in our country where trusting the government is no longer an option.

  7. Sandy beat me to it.

    There was no lie, and that O’Mara’s playing along tells me this is a smoke-screen for something else they don’t want to publicize.

    Not going to speculate publicly, though I have my thoughts…