Judge Will Not Penalize George Zimmerman Over Secret Donations
Zimmerman's bond was originally set based on his financial status, but prosecutors in the pending murder case requested that the amount be raised after learning of the donations. "I'm not going to make a snap decision," Lester explained during a hearing Friday (April 27). The judge went on to say that he needed more information before coming to a final conclusion.
In the meantime, Zimmerman is still free, against the wishes of Trayvon Martin's family. "They tried to portray themselves as indigent that they did not have any money," noted Benjamin Crump, lawyer for the Martin family. Crump also used Zimmerman's failure to disclose the funds, as an example of his character. "If his testimony at the bond hearing is any indication of what is to come, then the lying has already begun. This is going to say a lot about whether Trayvon Martin can get a fair trial. If he [Lester] doesn't revoke his bond, the court should severely sanction him so George Zimmerman understands you cannot lie to the court."
However, Zimmerman's lawyer, Mike O'Mara, believes that his client didn't deliberately hide the fact that he netted $204,000 in online contributions. "I consider it an oversight because I don't see anything else that suggests that Mr. Zimmerman has been insincere or dishonest," O'Mara said. "The moment I asked him about it, he acknowledged it and forwarded the money."
With his old website closed, the accused murderer of the 17-year-old unarmed teen, is still in need of financial support. In an attempt to life the financial burden, O'Mara launched the website www.gzlegalcase.com, plus Twitter and Facebook pages, all to garner support, and money for his client.
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