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June 29th, 2012
05:26 PM ET

Zimmerman trustworthy, deserves bond, his lawyer argues

By the CNN Wire Staff

(CNN) - Even though he misled the court about his finances, George Zimmerman should not be jailed as he awaits trial for the death of Trayvon Martin because the state's case is weak and his claim of self-defense is strong, defense attorney Mark O'Mara argued Friday.

O'Mara asked that Zimmerman be released on the same $150,000 bond granted by Judge Kenneth Lester Jr. in April after Zimmerman's wife and family testified they had little money. In reality, Zimmerman and his wife had collected more than $150,000 in donations from the public.

Lester revoked Zimmerman's bond on June 1, after learning that the defendant and his wife had failed to disclose the donations. The judge did not immediately rule on O'Mara's new bond request, which prosecutors opposed.

Lester did not say when he would rule, but O'Mara told reporters after the hearing that he expects the judge to spend the weekend reviewing the evidence before ruling.

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  1. h

    He cause the entire thing from beginning to end. e claims to have been frightened by Trayovon approaching his truck. If you are afraid tthen would you get out of your truck unless you wanted or expected a confrontation. he was probably trying to detain Trayvon and they fought ecaue he was injured soes not mean he was not the agressor.

    July 1, 2012 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse |
  2. NamDebra

    He kept in open contact with authorities while he was free on his first bond... He turned himself in at the scheduled time he was directed too.. He is one of the most recognizable people in the United States now, thanks to all the unbiased*cough*, fact filled*cough, COUGH*, media coverage.. He has a bounty placed on his head by the Black Panthers.. He has already demonstrated he isn't a flight risk.. And if he decides to have a change of heart, I don't think he'd get very far... Let the guy out so the state doesn't have to foot his room and board for the MONTHS likely to pass until he has his day in court...

    June 30, 2012 at 9:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • bugsy00

      He lied in a court of law, the media didn't cause that, his wife lied to authorities (the media didn't cause that), his lawyer now says neither his wife nor Mr. Zimmerman "intentionally" lied. However as a result of Florida law, the courts released to the public, tapes of their conversation while Mr. Zimmerman was in jail and it was confirmed that both were intentionally speaking in code to hide the fact that they were in possession of a great deal of money. As a result Mr. Zimmerman's credibility should now be questioned in terms of his account of what happened between Trayvon Martin and George Zimmerman. Mr. Martin's life may have very little meaning to you, but I bet you would be more critical if your son who had never gotten into trouble with the law before and yet on his way home from the store, you learned he was shot and killed by a man who claimed your son wanted to take is life. If Mr. Zimmerman has nothing to hide he would have never lied in a court of law, but it is clear that he is a confirmed liar. Therefore his accounts of what happened that night should also be "questioned". I believe he should be given the opportunity for bail, but at a much higher bond for it is clear that it is reasonable to assume "the possibility" that he lied about what happened between Mr. Martin and himself. This isn't a "media" manipulation of the truth, that is substantiated fact! Afterall, the state of Florida believes he committed murder in the 2nd Degree.

      July 3, 2012 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
  3. mickey1313

    In this instance, trustworthy mean s not a flight risk. Everyone knows who he is, he is not a flight risk. And the money shouldn't matter, if it does then it is proof that it system is corupt, when the law can use money donated to you for your defence against you. This case from day one was a witch hunt.

    June 29, 2012 at 11:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • bugsy00

      It's interesting that you find it easy to discount the fact that both himself and his wife lied in a court of law (when as it relates to Mr. Zimmerman) he didn't need to, but that's just a trivial inconvenience to you. This confirms that Mr. Zimmerman is a liar. One must question his integrity in the shooting death case as well.

      July 3, 2012 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
      • Tesla

        Ok, so I'm a little confused. Not a lawyer, and I don't live in Florida. Are people sworn in at bond hearings? Because if they are, then Zimmerman lied under oath, as many have said. But if that's the case, then the prosecution has no case, because one of the people for the prosecution said in the bond hearing that the prosecution has nothing concrete. That, or they lied under oath about the nature of their case, which would likely make this a mistrial.

        I've heard these statements from both sides, in defense of each of their issues. Can anyone clear this one up?

        July 5, 2012 at 9:36 am | Report abuse |
  4. Rick

    Zimmerman is trustworthy, which is why he and his wife were conspiring to hide $130,000 in contributions by doing $10,000 transactions, which are under the reporting limit.
    He's also trustworthy because he said his gun was holstered, but if Martin was straddling him on the ground, he couldn't reach the holster to shoot him.
    He's trustworthy because he said he was attacked but no witnesses saw it. Martin's Girlfriend heard on the cellphone call Zimmerman confronting then attacking Martin.

    Real trustworthy guy. This is why he has needed his judge father 3 times so far to help game the system and get him out of prosecution.

    June 29, 2012 at 7:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • sarge325

      Two of your three scenarios are wrong. You can certainly reach a weapon holstered at your hip in the situation described. Just because no one saw who threw the first punch doesn't mean Zimmerman's claim that it was Martin is false; Martin's girlfriend did not hear Zimmerman attack Martin – read her transcript – she heard a disagreement and then heard some sort of noise that she interpreted as pushing; that could have been anything associated with Martin moving his cell phone. The only untrustworthiness of Zimmerman is his attempt to mislead the court about how much money he had. Does that make him a flight risk? He has already proven he is not a flight risk.

      June 30, 2012 at 8:10 am | Report abuse |
      • h

        He claims that Trayvon was pounding his head on the concreted wile holding his hand over his mouth, hard to do with one arm. He thne some how saw his gun and he thought he as going to get it so he shot him. So did he shoot him because his head was being pounded or because he was feeling for his gun. Trayvon spoke after he was shot doubt it. Why was he sitting on his back when the first people arrived? Sounds really ridiculous.

        June 30, 2012 at 11:49 pm | Report abuse |
      • bugsy00

        It doesn't necesarily make him a flight risk but it definitely makes him a confirmed liar, not to mention the fact that he did so in a court of law no less. If there is anywhere we all know as citizens that you MUST tell the truth it's in a court of law (especially if you're innocent) don't you think. Therefore if he's capable of lying to a judge in a court of law ANYTHING, he is capable of lying overall regarding his account of what transpired that evening. As a direct result his credibility must be question and being granted bail is not a right BUT A PRIVILEGED, when it relates to a possible murder case I believe that should bear some weight as to whether or not he should be given the "Privilege" of being released out of custody on bail. If he is granted the opportunity to be released on bail, it should be at a much higher rate than the original 150k that was initially set by the court.

        July 3, 2012 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Wayne Veiock

    Did anyone notice that it seems like in the 911 recordings either Zimmerman or Martin are crying "Help! Help!" But when Zimmerman was interviewed by police at the scene in daylight, to reenact the incident, he says he was crying out "Help Me! Help Me!" Hmmmm ...

    June 29, 2012 at 7:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • mickey1313

      Do you remember every detail when adrenaline is pumping? There is no difference between help and help me. Maybe he wasn't anunciating well while being attacked.

      July 1, 2012 at 12:49 am | Report abuse |