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Excerpt: "George Zimmerman's attorney said his client's bail might have been set higher if a judge had known about $200,000 raised by a website and that only came to light this week."

George Zimmerman leaves the Seminole County Jail after posting bail in Sanford, Florida, 04/22/12. (photo: David Manning/Reuters)
George Zimmerman leaves the Seminole County Jail after posting bail in Sanford, Florida, 04/22/12. (photo: David Manning/Reuters)

George Zimmerman Has Raised 200K for Legal Defense Online

By Associated Press

27 April 12


eorge Zimmerman's attorney said his client's bail might have been set higher if a judge had known about $200,000 raised by a website and that only came to light this week.

Mark O'Mara said on CNN's Anderson Cooper 360 that he only learned about the money Wednesday and will inform a judge at a hearing Friday.

Zimmerman, who has been charged with second-degree murder in the Feb. 26 shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, was released from jail this week after paying 10 percent of $150,000 bail.

The lawyer for Martin's parents, Benjamin Crump, said Friday he has asked the prosecutor in the case to request that the judge revoke Zimmerman's bail for not disclosing at the original bond hearing last week how much money he had.

"This is a bombshell that was dropped," Crump told The Associated Press. He said the parents, Tracy Martin and Sybrina Fulton, were "offended" that Zimmerman failed to inform the court of the money the website raised.

O'Mara told CNN late Thursday the money was raised by a website that Zimmerman set up for his legal defense.

Friday's hearing was initially scheduled to deal with several media organizations, including The Associated Press, asking the judge to unseal documents from Zimmerman's court file.

The website used to raise the money has since been shut down, but O'Mara said he'll likely start a new defense fund for Zimmerman.

O'Mara did not immediately return a phone message from The Associated Press.

The website was created almost two weeks ago by Zimmerman's family to thank his supporters and to receive donations from anyone who wanted to help with his legal defense.

The 44-day delay in Zimmerman's arrest spurred protests nationwide and inspired a national debate about racial profiling, equal justice under the law and Florida's self-defense law. Martin was black; Zimmerman's father is white and his mother is from Peru.

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+6 # Billy Bob 2012-04-27 22:52
I can see it now! A George Zimmerman TOUR! George Zimmerman SHOT glasses! George Zimmerman t-shirts with a target on the back around a pictured bag of skittles! George Zimmerman ON ICE! George Zimmerman IN 3-D!

This little homocide has turned into quite a profitable venture for this little vigilante with an axe to grind.

I predict RIGHT NOW that, if he's convicted of manslaughter, he'll be out in less than 10 years, and WILL DEFINITELY be a regular panelist on fox news.

If I had mittens romney's money I'd use it to give my Mom a little dignity in her old age, but if I had $10,000 to waste on meaningless bets, I'd bet Mitten's money on this.
+8 # grouchy 2012-04-27 23:33
I wonder if the KKK would let him use their site?
+7 # henry bruce 2012-04-28 00:33
A natural poster boy for the NRA
+7 # lcarrier 2012-04-28 05:01
George Zimmerman had known anger issues, so he never should have been allowed to own a gun. His father appears to have been a control freak and a "hanging judge." George was a Catholic alter boy who loved the Church. Why would he want to possess a weapon, and why would his father have allowed it?

But the big question is: "Who provided the $200,000 for Zimmerman's defense?" I suspect that it was the right-wing groups that wish to see that the "Stand Your Ground Law" remains on the books. The NRA should be ashamed of itself. Why should they (if they are part of the mix)wish to see mayhem in the streets?
+6 # pianosaurus rex 2012-04-28 08:40
So Zimmerman stands in front of a judge and simply “forgets” that he is raising money for his defense through a web site?

This intentional lack of forthright behavior is a clear indication for the courts that Zimmerman’s fable regarding the incident is not to be believed.

The web site is running for two weeks and his lawyer doesn’t know? Either O’Mara is being disingenuous or Zimmerman needs new counsel.
+5 # kelly 2012-04-28 10:23
When I first heard about this "reaching out for money" that he was doing on the web, I told a friend you know I can bet I can give you a name list of people who will be the first in line to donate. Too bad there is no obligatory donor disclosure list about stuff like this. I don't think everybody had nefarious reasons, perhaps some were friends of the family. But the big money people...hmmm.
+3 # Vardoz 2012-04-28 10:42
Kill an innocent kid with a bag of Skiiles- Of course he needs money - Because? the kid was black.

Those who gave must be the most hateful, demented souls! They should be ashamed to be American or human for that case-

31,244 people died from hand gun accidents in the US last year. But hey us rabble can kill each other endlessly while the one percent lives their lives of splendor.
-8 # JohnnyK 2012-04-28 11:20
I don't see anything wrong about the man raising bail. What's the problem with that? He still has to go to trial.
+5 # Vardoz 2012-04-28 11:28
What kind of people would want to help someone who killed an unarmed innocent kid? If Zimmerman was black he would be behind bars with no bail.
+3 # KittatinyHawk 2012-04-28 18:40
He has that right..most of us are appalled of the types that would support him. If he was a good person like he want us to think, how could he accept money from Racists, Bashers etc.
Shows again the hypocrisy.
+4 # Billy Bob 2012-04-28 19:38
The purpose of all that money he's prostituting himself for was supposedly a "defense fund". Now we find out that he lied about the amount to sock the rest of it away. His bail was already set too low. Now we find out that he could have paid much much more - and by all rights HE SHOULD HAVE.
+4 # pianosaurus rex 2012-04-28 13:09
Quoting JohnnyK:
I don't see anything wrong about the man raising bail. What's the problem with that? He still has to go to trial.

Agreed. Nothing wrong with raising bail.

However that is not the topic of complaint. It is the fact than when the old bailey asked Zimmerman about his assets he failed to cooperate by being forthright about the web site.

This is dishonesty by exclusion…. or lack of forthright behavior….lack of cooperation……. whatever name you like .
+2 # jwb110 2012-04-28 13:37
The Martyns could benefit from setting up their Web Site. It would give a real sense of how the Nation feels about Stand Your Ground, and raise money.
+1 # KittatinyHawk 2012-04-28 18:51
Some people are above that, I am sure there is a lot of donations, help being given to this family.
I hope their Attorney, State Attorney, even federal agency goes after whoever set up the site and the Atty for Z.
+4 # KittatinyHawk 2012-04-28 18:54
Ambulance chasers are very good at deception and high bills. I imagine that the family of Z did this with lawyer.

So much for good Christians giving and receiving end. But believe me that money is not Mr Z's it is his Attorney and the bill is probably going to be in millions.

Sleaze bags are sleaze bags. A good lawyer who thought this Z was not guilty, would have done it pro buono. Ambulance Chasers want Media attention, money and perhaps have affiliation with NRA and Supremacists.

Want the names donating...IRS, the Right to Know ACT, Public Information ACt. go for it
+5 # C.Gill 2012-04-28 21:40
Aside from all the above justifiable comments, why is the judge considering bail based on disposable income? That isn't typically done is it?
If it is why aren't other court costs and fines such as traffic violations based on income?
0 # yisraelyahuda 2012-04-30 13:26
When considering the lingering racism in this country, he probably raised millions.
-1 # cbascom 2012-05-01 01:26
The problem with racism in America and White supremacy in particular is that people can now rally behaind slogans, 'causes', code words and phrases. These have appeal only for bigoted mindsets.

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