June 1, 2012, - 3:03 pm
I’ve been on George Zimmerman’s side regarding the Trayvon Martin shooting, and I still am. But it’s looking more and more like–while he’s still probably in the right on the shooting–this guy is a dishonest moron (he did vote for Obama, after all), who doesn’t listen to his lawyers and lies under oath. That’s not how you win a criminal case, how you obtain acquittal. Zimmerman’s bond was just revoked and he’ll be arrested because it turns out that both he and his wife lied to the judge about the money they raised via Paypal for his defense. As a practicing criminal defense attorney, I hate when clients pull crap like this, especially in a case like this, where they are snatching defeat from the jaws of victory.
Frankly, I thought the bond set was way too high, as he isn’t a flight risk or an imminent threat to himself or others (the factors considered when setting bond). The money raised was supposed to be for his lawyers and legal defense costs, not bond, which is why it’s called a “legal defense fund.” Still, you don’t lie under oath to a judge when he asks about it, even if you know he’s wrong to do so and to make you pay that money for bond. It will hurt you, aside from contempt issues. The judge is less favorable to you, doesn’t believe you in the future, and most important, it can be used to impeach your credibility at trial while on the stand, and Zimmerman will have to take the stand to defend himself.
I guess I should have taken note that his first set of lawyers fired Zimmerman, after they couldn’t find him or get him to respond to them and follow instructions. And I raised my concerns about his taking the stand and testifying at the bond hearing. Now this. Also, you have to wonder why his lawyer is trying so hard to seal evidence such as his confession and statements he made to the police. It looks like he’s trying to hide something and makes people wonder what exactly that is.
In a shocking and unexpected turn, Circuit Judge Kenneth Lester has revoked George Zimmerman’s bond in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin.
The decision came after revelations that Zimmerman and his wife may have conspired to lie about thousands of dollars in donations they’d collected before his bond hearing.
In a new motion, prosecutors accused Zimmerman and his wife of lying to the judge during a bond hearing about money they collected for his defense.
Prosecutors allege Zimmerman’s wife knew about the donations her husband had collected through a PayPal account, but didn’t mention the money at his bond hearing.
Zimmerman’s PayPal account collected more than $200,000, his attorney later revealed.
“Defendant has intentionally deceived the court with the assistance of his wife,” the motion says. “During the jail phone calls both of them spoke in code to hide what they were doing.”
Prosecutor Bernie de la Rionda told the judge today that “this court was led to believe that they didn’t have a single penny” at the earlier bond hearing.
Zimmerman’s wife “flat out lied to this court,”de la Rionda said. Lester agreed, revoking Zimmerman’s bond. He must turn himself in, the judge said.
Argument on the bond issue came after Lester heard argument about whether he should seal key evidence in the case from the public, including the names of witnesses and the statements Zimmerman made to law enforcement. . . .
O’Mara argued that his client’s statements should fall under the exemption for confessions, and should not be released, echoing the state’s motion.
I understand the part about not releasing the names of witnesses, as we know many of them have already been intimidated into changing their stories toward the Trayvon Martin family’s point of view.
But why seal Zimmerman’s statements to police? What is in there? This can’t be about not tainting a potential jury. This case has had so much publicity, it’s all out there already.
Almost all of it, anyway.
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