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Judge sets Zimmerman’s bond at $1 million. Indicates weakness of State’s case?

Written By: Bob - Jul• 05•12

Judge Lester’s bond order (PDF) is fascinating, in that it seems to indicate that the Judge feels that George Zimmerman is a person who willfully deceived the court, and–this is my interpretation–a man of low character that would have fled the state if he thought he stood a chance of getting away with it.

That Lester provided bond indicates to me that he also finds the prosecution’s case against Zimmerman to be weak, perhaps indicating he is considering the probability that Zimmerman’s attorney Mark O’Mara successfully used the bond hearing to “preview” a “stand your ground” hearing defense that the Judge must think has merit.

I interpret the order to mean that George Zimmerman has a strong likelihood of prevailing in a self-defense hearing and having his murder case dismissed before trail on self-defense grounds.

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  1. harp1034 says:

    The feds will file charges on him if he beats the state rap.

  2. emdfl says:

    Sounds to me more like that judge wanted the state to get its hands on that $100,000 defense fund.

  3. Divemedic says:

    @emdfl: It won’t go to the state, it would go to the bail bondsman.

  4. emdfl says:

    You’re correct of course, Dive.
    I was thinking more along the lines of this working to keep Zim poor; makes it more difficult to pay for his defense. The state then has an easier time with the BS it is spouting regarding the case.

  5. thebronze says:

    $1 million bail is ridiculous an excessive. The Judge should should’ve asked for no more than $500k.

  6. thebronze says:

    ridiculous AND excessive