A Florida judge on Friday ordered George Zimmerman, the man charged in the killing unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin, to return to jail within 48 hours, saying he deceived the court earlier this year about the true state of his finances.
Judge Kenneth Lester Jr. gave the order after prosecutors provided evidence showing Zimmerman and his wife had essentially hidden about $135,000 from the court during his bond hearing in April. At the time, Zimmerman’s family claimed they had little money to pay a bond so the judge granted one that was much lower than what prosecutors asked for.
“They were well aware of the money that was available,” Lester said.
Zimmerman has been charged with second degree murder in the Feb. 26 killing, which took place in the Orlando suburb of Sanford, Fla. He has claimed he was acting in self defense when he shot and killed Martin.
In early April before he was charged, Zimmerman set up a website asking the public to help pay for his defense and living expenses, saying he was unable to work because of the huge amount of scrutiny the case received.
The obvious question is simple: if Zimmerman was willing to lie over his family's finances, what else is he lying about? Our old friend Tom Maguire is of two minds, being Zimmerman's biggest fan. On one hand, remarking on the state's release of the phone calls between Zimmerman and his wife as basis for the bond revocation...
I would use the phrase "lying weasels" to describe their conduct in hiding this money from their lawyer and the court, but "scheming, lying weasels" seems more apt. And I could add "stupid", too.
On the other hand...
How long will he be in jail? Good question. And considering the weak case seen so far in discovery, why is he in jail at all?
Yes, you kill an unarmed black teenager, why would he be in jail at all?