Zimmerman Now In Jail

George Zimmerman surrendered yesterday to police within the 48-hour deadline, as ordered by Judge Kenneth Lester of the Seminole County Circuit Court. He is back in Seminole County Jail.

His attorney, Mark O’Mara, will be filing a new motion for release on bail, probably later today. Judge Lester will not be available to hear the motion this week because he will be out of court. That means the hearing will not occur until next week at the earliest.

Judge Lester revoked Zimmerman’s bond last Friday after prosecutor Bernie De la Rionda presented a partial transcript of recorded telephone conversations Zimmerman had with his wife from jail, days before the April 20 bond hearing. All jailhouse telephone conversations are routinely recorded and participants are so advised.

The transcript details their discussion regarding the amount of money he had raised from his website. He told her how to transfer funds from the Paypal account at the website into his bank account using a code to referring to “$15” in place of “$150,000.”

When Shellie Zimmerman was asked at the bond hearing how much money was raised from the website, she said she did not know and Zimmerman never corrected the false statement.

O’Mara has stated that Zimmerman’s judgment was clouded by threats to his safety that required him to stop working and forced him and his family to leave their homes.

He said,

We feel the failure to disclose these funds was caused by fear, mistrust, and confusion.

Remains to be seen if Judge Lester will accept the excuse. I doubt it, but if he does, I have no doubt that he will substantially increase the amount of bail.

There is, after all, the matter of the second passport that Zimmerman failed to disclose and surrender.

16 Responses to Zimmerman Now In Jail

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  2. KJ says:

    I have a question. Could George Zimmerman be charged under a False Statements or maybe False Declarations Law by knowingly providing false information to the court even though he did not speak about directly in court? It would seem that since O’Mara filed a “Reasonable Bond” request verses the standard “Bond request” to request relief form the court in regards to the bond with the extenuating circumstance centered on being indigent, the request for relief would be based on false statements in the request.

    The first recorded jail call mentioned in the Motion to Revoke Bond is April 12th. Zimmerman appears to know he had at least “$44 on that date according to the “coded” dialog. With obtaining O’Mara on the 10th of April, it would probably indicate that he had a discussion about have no fund to pay for a defense since that date. O’Mara took appropriate measures to request that subsequent relief to the court as that motion was filed on the 12th, the same day of the first “money” conversation recorded in jail.

    • I have a question. Could George Zimmerman be charged under a False Statements or maybe False Declarations Law by knowingly providing false information to the court even though he did not speak about directly in court?

      Answer: No, because a person has to make a false statement and he did not make a statement.

      The feds have a statute that criminalizes giving a materially false statement to a law enforcement official in the case of carrying out his official duties. Scooter Libby was charged and convicted of several counts of that. It’s a felony under federal law.

      I am not aware of any state with a similar statute that makes it a felony, but I think all states make it a misdemeanor or gross misdemeanor.

      Nevertheless, I think the recorded conversations are likely to establish that he encouraged his wife to lie to the court, at least circumstantially given their use of an unsophisticated code discussing how much money was in the account, the way they moved the money around, and his failure to correct her misrepresentation when he had an opportunity to do so by cluing in his lawyer and having his lawyer advise the court.

      That is a form of misconduct that may be admissible under Rule 404(b) as part of a common scheme or plan to escape responsibility for killing Trayvon Martin by falsely claiming self-defense or to show that he knew he did not kill in self-defense. This argument is a bit of a stretch, but I would not be surprised to see the prosecution make it,

      Therefore, his misconduct may play a major role in the case even if he is never charged with a crime.

  3. jd says:

    So was the request from the defense counsel before or after the announcement by the defense counsel that he would wait to file his motion?

    MO’M said in the press on the day GZ surrendered to authorities that he would request another bond hearing. Was that the request the judge received?

    I just don’t trust Mark O’Mara’s announcements. He’s being paid to put a good face on his client’s moves and he is no fool, either.
    (Not sure I can say as much for his client, however.)

    This is a poker game with a lot of hidden cards.

    And, no offense to you Chi, but I don’t know you, either and the statement from the court contact was not verified or clear given the confused circumstances. I’m inclined to believe you, but the cynic in me sees how the Judge could be making O’Mara pay for his mouth by “granting his request” by citing his statements to the press. It’s an informal process until an actual motion is filed.

  4. Chi says:

    Just to verify for JD and others wondering who requested the hearing set for June 29, I emailed the court asking for clarification, and this was the response:

    “At the request of defense counsel, and after confirming the availability of the prosecutor, Judge Lester’s judicial assistant set the hearing date.”

  5. Chi says:

    This is from O’Mara’s site today:

    UPDATE June 7:
    The court has set the hearing for June 29. Mr. Zimmerman’s bond will be the subject of this hearing, and as we indicated previously, we will file the motion for bond well in advance of the hearing.
    (end)

    So it appears O’Mara did not yet file his motion asking for bond.

  6. jd says:

    GZ ORDERED BACK TO COURT JUNE 29TH

    This hearing is NOT one that the Zimmerman family has requested, and is likely NOT about getting him out on bond again. It will be about how his family lied to the court and what that means to the judge.

    Mark O’Mara posted to his defense website a message indicating he was NOT going to seek a bond hearing just yet – the judge was going on vacation for two weeks – and then after he posted that, he was informed that his client needs to show up for a hearing on the 29th. He quickly leaked to the local Faux News that he has an upcoming “bond hearing” in order to put a positive spin on the fact that his client is being called onto the carpet before an angry judge. The MSM parrots his line and pretends that this is somehow about how George Zimmerman is going to be granted bail again. No such motion has been filed, and the judge has no duty to grant bond, either. It’s his court and GZ tied to fool him about a hidden valid passport and a slush fund in addition to $135,000 dollars. The total amount he hid from the court was more like $204,000.

    All the spin in the world doesn’t change the facts. IANAL but the situation seems plain enough to me. Judge Lester has concerns that need to be addressed before the case can move forward, and these concerns have to do with the defense lawyer, his client (the defendant) and the defendant’s family’s credibility and culpability in possible crimes such as perjury and conspiracy to deceive the court.

    • There's another side of the story says:

      Can one tell by reading the court docket whether a motion was filed for a hearing by defense or whether the judge requested it?

      • Judge Lester revoked the bond. He has no reason to schedule a hearing. Only the defense has a reason to request a new bond hearing. O’Mara requested the hearing. It’s set for the 29th and now he has to prepare his motion together with supporting papers and file them by a certain date, probably the 22nd, and the prosecutor can respond on the 27th or 28th. Whatever the deadlines are, they will be dictated by the local court rules or set by the judge.

        I’m not predicting the outcome of the hearing, but I think it is very unlikely that Judge Lester will reinstate the bond. If he does, I’m sure he will raise it substantially.

      • Judge Lester revoked the bond. He has no reason to schedule a hearing. Only the defense has a reason to request a new bond hearing. O’Mara requested the hearing. It’s set for the 29th and now he has to prepare his motion together with supporting papers and file them by a certain date, probably the 22nd, and the prosecutor can respond on the 27th or 28th. Whatever the deadlines are, they will be dictated by the local court rules or set by the judge.

        I’m not predicting the outcome of the hearing, but I think it is very unlikely that Judge Lester will reinstate the bond. If he does, I’m sure he will raise it substantially.

  7. There's another side of the story says:

    Chi, apparently so his evidence is not given prematurely to the prosecution, because Judge Lester is unavailable for the next two weeks.

  8. jd says:

    One wonders what his father’s part in the Pay Pal and Passport issues are. If he knew about deception, it seems he dodged a bullet by not speaking about it during a recorded call. If he didn’t, how might he feel about his son and daughter-in-law’s behavior considering his financial and emotional stake in the case. Robert Zimmerman was present at the video taped walk thru the day after the killing of the unarmed teen, and has given several media interviews where he claims George was sucker punched to the ground while walking to(wards) his vehicle but the physical evidence is scattered over some significant distance and many witnesses corroborate an altercation that moved from George’s pathway towards his vehicle to a spot between the town homes. RZ says the fight went from point A (standing) to point A on the ground, when it’s pretty clear the altercation went from somewhere north of the spot where the body was found and spread southward, and over a distance that that supine forms don’t travel. Either RZ is advancing his son’s story and doesn’t know it isn’t the whole truth, or he is culpable of pushing this false narrative. Legally, he carries no attourney-client privilege that I know of and can be compelled to testify as to what he truly knew about all this and other issues he discussed with his son. IANAL, however.

  9. Chi says:

    Any thoughts as to why O’Mara is now waiting to file his motion for bail? This comes one day after he asserted the motion would be filed “today” on June 4th.

  10. MSNBC reports that Mark O’Mara made a statement about Zimmerman today.

    “Mr. Zimmerman understands that this mistake has undermined his credibility, which he will have to work to repair,” O’Mara said.

    The statement offers some new details on the fundraising picture:

    $37,000 has been donated by supporters since the independent fund was established in late April, O’Mara said.

    Of the $204,000 originally raised in Zimmerman’s PayPal account, $30,000 was used to help him make the transition to “a life in hiding” after he was released from prison on April 23.

    An additional $20,000 was kept liquid to pay for legal expenses.

    O’Mara also said he plans to emphasize in court that Zimmerman has been otherwise “forthright and cooperative” during investigations by law enforcement.

  11. There's another side of the story says:

    sidenote , I mean, LOL! Great Freudian type-slip!

  12. There's another side of the story says:

    I realize that the drug issues in this case may never be considered – on either side – but an interesting sidenot – see the bag of prescription medications that a deputy is carrying behind GZ in image 10 of 12 in the Orlando Sentinel – http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/local/trayvon-martin/os-photos-george-zimmerman-returned-to-jail-20120603,0,5510141.photogallery

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