Saturday, April 21, 2012

Judge gives innocent George Zimmerman a low bond - Prosecution couldn't even state who started the confrontation


A routine bail hearing for George Zimmerman took a surprising turn into remorse and explanation Friday when the neighborhood watch volunteer got on the witness stand and told Trayvon Martin's parents: "I am sorry for the loss of your son."

"I did not know how old he was. I thought he was a little bit younger than I am. I did not know if he was armed or not," Zimmerman said, marking the first time he has spoken publicly about the Feb. 26 shooting of the unarmed black 17-year-old.

The hearing wrapped up with a judge ruling Zimmerman can be released from jail on $150,000 bail while he awaits trial on second-degree murder charges. Zimmerman, who has been in jail for more than a week, could be out within days and may be allowed to live outside Florida for his own safety once arrangements are made to monitor him electronically.

Defendants often testify about their financial assets at bail hearings, but it is highly unusual for them to address the charges, and rarer still to apologize.

An attorney for Martin's parents, who were in the courtroom when Zimmerman spoke, spurned the apology. The parents, Tracy Martin and Sybrina Fulton, had no comment as they left.

"This was the most disingenuous and unfair thing I've seen," said attorney Natalie Jackson. "This was the most unmeaningful apology."

In a measure of how volatile the case has become, Zimmerman appeared to be wearing a bulletproof vest under his suit and tie, and his parents and wife testified via telephone because of fears for their safety.

After the hearing, Zimmerman's lawyer, Mark O'Mara, acknowledged that putting Zimmerman on the stand was risky but said his client wanted to respond after Martin's mother said in an interview that she would like to hear from him.

"He had always wanted to acknowledge what happened that day," O'Mara said. "I was hoping that it could be accomplished in a private way. We weren't afforded that opportunity."

Stacey Honowitz, a Florida prosecutor with no connection to the case, said: "I think it was to sway public opinion. He's not incriminating himself. He is setting up his self-defense claim."

In agreeing to let Zimmerman out on bail, Circuit Judge Kenneth Lester said he cannot have any guns and must observe a 7 p.m.-to-6 a.m. curfew. Zimmerman also surrendered his passport.

Zimmerman will need to put up 10 percent, or $15,000, to make bail. O'Mara said he expects the family to come up with the amount. Zimmerman's father has indicated he may take out a second mortgage.

Zimmerman worked at a mortgage risk-management company at the time of the shooting and his wife is in nursing school. A website was set up to collect donations for Zimmerman's defense fund. It is unclear how much it has raised.

Bail is not unheard of in second-degree murder cases, and legal experts had predicted it would be granted for Zimmerman because of his ties to the community, because he turned himself in after he was charged last week, and because he has never been convicted of a serious crime.

Prosecutors had asked for $1 million bail, citing two previous scrapes Zimmerman had with the law, neither of which resulted in charges. In 2005, he had to take anger management courses after he was accused of attacking an undercover officer who was trying to arrest Zimmerman's friend. In another incident, a girlfriend accused him of attacking her.

The hearing provided a few glimpses of the strengths — and weaknesses — in the case being built by prosecutors.

Dale Gilbreath, an investigator for the prosecution, testified that he does not know whether Martin or Zimmerman threw the first punch and that there is no evidence to disprove Zimmerman's contention he was walking back to his vehicle when confronted by Martin.

But Gilbreath also said Zimmerman's claim that Martin was slamming his head against the sidewalk just before he shot the teenager was "not consistent with the evidence we found." He gave no details.

In taking the stand, Zimmerman opened himself up to questions from a prosecutor, who grilled him on whether he made an apology to police on the night of the shooting, and why he waited so long to express remorse to Martin's parents.

Zimmerman said he told police he felt sorry for the parents. He also said he didn't say anything to them sooner because his former attorneys told him not to.

As part of the bail hearing, Zimmerman's family testified that he wouldn't flee if released and would be no threat to the community.

"He is absolutely not a violent person," said his wife, Shellie Zimmerman.

Zimmerman's father, Robert Zimmerman, said that even when confronted, his son was likely to "turn the other cheek." The father also described his son's injuries the morning after Martin was shot, saying he had a cut and swollen lip, a protective cover over his nose and gashes on the back of his head.

Zimmerman's mother, Gladys, said her son worked with two black children as part of a mentoring program that required him to venture into a dangerous neighborhood. "He said, 'Mom, if I don't go, they don't have nobody,'" she recalled.

26 comments:

Anonymous said...

Racist bastard, helping those underpriveledged black childens, when so many silver spooned white chidren need attention.
Now I'm starting to see the real Zimmerman. Community watch organizer, friend to other black people and a big brother to underpriviledged. ALL a set up to carry out his true ambitions, hunting black teens.

Anonymous said...

I'm so sick of these Black Activists,saying Zimmerman should of never got Bail,or it was not high enough.When he apologized it was too late.They want this guy to rot in prison,will they rule the courts..I pray this guy gets out like he should!!I'm starting to Hate too!

Anonymous said...

Zimmerman started the whole thing by daring to confront a nigger yoot by asking a what are you doing type question.

Anonymous said...

It's going to hurt you so bad, Shaved, when this man is found guilty for his crimes. Got your meds ready? You'll need them.

Anonymous said...

He should have got an I-Bond!

Anonymous said...

Martins parents spurned him?? Fuck those lying niggers.

Anonymous said...

Detective Shavedlongcock, as you know, no matter what you do, what you say, or how nicely you say it, these people hate us, and it's always a no win situation (for us) whenever we deal with blacks. Fuck those savage mother fuckers!

Anonymous said...

Somebody should have told him that getting involved with these people is nothing but problems. No matter the out come , the White / Hispanic man always looks bad after the Media spins it's story!

Anonymous said...

Zimmerman goes free and obama loses the election then blacks riot to extinction lol.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
It's going to hurt you so bad, Shaved, when this man is found guilty for his crimes. Got your meds ready? You'll need them.

April 21, 2012 7:40 PM

What crimes???George Zimmerman defending himself against the savage.
Everybody knows that trayvon chimpedout and attacked Mr. Zimmerman but doesnt what to talk about it.

Anonymous said...

Zimmerman should have nver been charged,period.2nd degree murder,the probable cause affidavit has so many holes in it you could strain spaghetti.

Even left wing libtard Alan Dershowitz saw right thru it and knows what the case is really about.

Anonymous said...

The case will be bounced before it ever sees a courtroom. The only reason he was charged at all is Florida had to bow down to those self appointed leader's of all niggers, Jesse and Al and the all new Spook Panther's. As an attorney myself, under Florida law, he did nothing wrong except for kind of looking Caucasian with maybe a sun tan. What gets me is this same exact shit happens 1000's of times a week in this country and Johnny Newsman ignores the shit out of it under pressure from Mayor's of major cities. Uh hum Rahm!!! Since I mentioned ObamaRahn, our two pieces of shit newspapers are wrapped around his finger. How dare they report on what's really going on in his town?? He doesn't want to be portrayed as the failure he is. So again Florida wants OFF the national/world news so they drum up some bullehit charges that everyone in the legal community know will not hold up and poof, they magically get off the radar for a little while. Bunch of bullshit!!! On another note, gotta hand it to you CPD that read here. Risking your own lives day in and day out to protect the innocent from these fucking shitheads. Why not just drop off cases of free ammo on every corner in the black infested parts of the once great city if Chicago and let them continue to kill each other off?? I have no problem with my taxes going for something useful like that!!

Anonymous said...

not a word said about the WHITE mom murdered by the sheeboon and her baby kidnapped, now thats sad,

Anonymous said...

11;04 you da man....

Anonymous said...

He opened his mouth, had to say something...... never open your mouth. He said he didn't know the victim was armed or not, there goes the self defense defense......

Anonymous said...

He should have got a reward and a Savings bond!

Anonymous said...

Taser International is going to assist in his defense and civil actions against the state of Florida and if necessity The Executive Branch and to the SCOTUS; PRO BONO!

Plus a life time supply of cartridges!

Anonymous said...

The law says: STAND YOUR GROUND! not KNEEL AND BEG FOR YOUR LIFE?

Kill em all and let the DNA sort them out!

I Voted For Obama said...

Trayvon's parents are true Obama followers and uphold his highest expectations. They complain about an apology and when they get one, they complain about that also.

Obama is very proud of them.

I Voted For Obama said...

Trayvon's parents are true Obama followers and uphold his highest expectations. They complain about an apology and when they get one, they complain about that also.

Obama is very proud of them.

Anonymous said...

Just wait until lil trayvons autopsy report comes back showing weed and possibly other drugs in his system.
This case is likely to be dismissed by the judge.

Anonymous said...

He said he didn't know the victim was armed or not, there goes the self defense defense......

April 22, 2012 12:49 AM

So if a person is pummeling the shit out of you and smashing your head on the ground you cant defend yourself???
Where the fuck did you go to school??
Ever hear of disparity of force.Just because one guy(criminal) doesnt have a gun,and you do,doesnt mean you cant shoot them.Lots of variables.

This once great nation of ours is turning into the land of fuck ups and retards.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
He should have got an I-Bond!

April 21, 2012 7:52 PM

+1 peace bond!!

Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
He opened his mouth, had to say something...... never open your mouth. He said he didn't know the victim was armed or not, there goes the self defense defense......

April 22, 2012 12:49 AM

I saw a large muscular in shape male suject much taller and heavier than myself coming at me with rage in his eyes wearing a military camo M65 field jacket and combat boots and he made furtive movements with his right hand towards his belt line with a heavy leather belt as if he was searching for something.I didnt know if he was armed or not and he was screaming at me so I feared for my life and fired.....................

Anonymous said...

HaHa! Great comeback response! I love it!

Anonymous said...

Even if Zimmerman is guilty he needs to be acquitted as retribution for OJ fucking Simpson! Let's not forget about that trial. Every nigger in America knew he was guilty but rejoiced when he was acquitted! Now it's payback time!!!