Court Sets Bail at $1 Million in Zimmerman Case

Seminole County Circuit Court Judge Kenneth Lester set bail today at $1 million in the George Zimmerman case.

Go here to view his order.

This means that unless Zimmerman has $1 million to post with the Clerk of the Seminole County Circuit Court to secure his release, he will have to pay a bail bondsman $100,000 (the 10% non-refundable fee charged by the bail bondsman to post the company’s bond or promise to pay $1 million to the court if Zimmerman rabbits on the bond). The bail bondsman also will require Zimmerman to secure the bonding company with cash and/or property worth $1 million.

Real estate is typically used to secure a bond this high and, unless Mark O’Mara already has a person or persons lined up with equitable interests in their real estate greater than $1 million, it may take awhile to put a deal together that satisfies the bonding company. A current appraisal of the properties reliably indicating their fair market value, reports on the financial status of any loans secured by those properties and a title report are normally required.

As y’all know, I would have issued an order denying bail based on Zimmerman’s role in misrepresenting to the court that he was indigent while at the same time he conceived and directed the efforts of at least two family members (his wife and sister) to carry out a scheme to conceal his possession of $155,000 donated to him over the internet by transferring the money into their accounts before his bail hearing and transferring it back into his account after he bonded out.

Although Judge Lester characterized Zimmerman’s misconduct in substantially similar language, including a reference to Zimmerman’s failure to surrender the second passport such that it would not have been unreasonable for the court to have concluded that Zimmerman carried out this fraudulent scheme with the intent of fleeing the country, he decided to increase the bail substantially rather than deny bail because the State of Florida had not charged Zimmerman with any crime.

I interpret his decision as sending a message to the prosecution basically telling them that he does not believe he should deny bail to Zimmerman unless they charge Zimmerman with a crime. He even mentions a charge of criminal contempt as one possibility.

I have written about the possibility of charging Zimmerman with perjury based on his conduct directing his wife’s efforts to hide the money from the court. Her perjured denial under oath of any knowledge regarding how much money had been received from donors via the internet is but a natural and reasonably foreseeable consequence of Zimmerman’s scheme to conceal the money from the court. Nevertheless, convicting him of perjury on an accomplice theory may be difficult without his wife’s assistance and willingness to testify that he told her to lie to the court, if the judge or the lawyers asked her if she knew how much money had been donated.

If the prosecutors want George Zimmerman to be in jail for the duration of this case, they should not have any doubt as to what they must do to secure that outcome.

Meanwhile I do not believe Judge Lester’s order can reasonably be interpreted as an expression of doubt regarding the strength of the prosecution’s case against Zimmerman for killing Trayvon Martin. He explained that he initially found that the prosecution’s case was “strong” because the defendant did not testify at the first bail hearing and the defense did not present any evidence of self-defense. He also specifically characterized the evidence presented by the defense at the recently concluded bail hearing in support of Zimmerman’s claim of self-defense as having “little relevance” to the issue of bail.

Therefore, I caution against assuming that Judge Lester has formed an opinion or reached any conclusions regarding the viability of Zimmerman’s claim of self-defense.

72 Responses to Court Sets Bail at $1 Million in Zimmerman Case

  1. Two sides to the story says:

    Thank you, Ajamazin. I didn’t even go back to the link to verify dates given by Swamp Rabbit. Your verified dates puts this lawyer lady back in the ball park, but if GZ’s sister, would have had to be born before the marriage. Does anyone know if Grace is a half-sibling or conceived before the marriage of Zimmerman parents?

    • ajamazin says:

      Robert W. ZIMMERMANN BECKER and Silvia BRULL BARALT
      were married in Ottawa on 12.27.47

      They had 4 children:

      Roberto ZIMMERMANN BRULL
      Philip ZIMMERMANN BRULL
      Mark ZIMMERMANN BRULL
      Michael ZIMMERMANN BRULL

      Roberto ZIMMERMANN BRULL (Rob) , Born: 18 Feb 1949, Lima, Perú, [Robert J. Zimmerman] married
      Ines TELL DE PALLEJA, Born: 19 Jul, Barcelona, Barcelona, Catalunya, España [Gladys Cristina Zimmerman] on 21 Jun 1975 in Sant Miquel D’olerdola, Barcelona, Catalunya, España.

      Robert J. and Gladys Zimmerman have one natural child,
      Beatriz ZIMMERMANN TELL, Born: 8 Apr 1976, Chicago, Cook, Illinois, USA
      Marriage: Panayotis LIANOS PROTAGORAS on 22 May 2004 in Athens, Anatolikis Attikís, Grecia.

      http://personal.telefonica.terra.es/web/jrweb/laura/2828.htm

      [Let me refer to my notes, but if memory serves me, 3 of their
      other children are in-family adoptions and 1 is a half sibling.]

    • ajamazin says:

      You might find this news article [12.27.47] covering the marriage
      of George’s paternal grandparents interesting.

      It might help you understand George’s feelings of superiority.

      • Two sides to the story says:

        It’s easy to see the sense of entitlement in GZ without even examining the reason or reasons behind it. Conventional media reports an old Zimmerman family neighbor in VA saying that the Z kids were not allowed to play with neighbors, and old school chums of SZ report that she was snobbish toward those not in her social circle. I have an ex who was similarly discouraged from playing with neighbor kids that his racist Southern-born mother felt were beneath the family, and this brought forward a sense of superiority in my ex (not saying that GZs family had exactly the same concern, but logically, many kids might assume their superiority to people they were not allowed to relate to).

  2. aussie says:

    Amazes me they are still going on about the danger, Or did Shellie also lie when she said they had NOT received any death threats?

    On one pro-Zimmerman site I saw them very seriously discuss what grave danger he was in. Could be killed anytime. And one guy posted “it’s been known to happen” and a large picture of

    LEE HARVEY OSWALD

    I was struck speechless. I spluttered so much my browser crashed and now I can’t find that site again.

  3. Beth says:

    Well , guess the defense is not going to leave one stone unturned or trick undone. Judge Lester has given a great amount of leeway to the defense in both bond hearings. Who makes the decision to have a judge removed from a case?

  4. KA says:

    I just read that Don West has hinted that they will be asking Judge Lester to step aside (it is reported by several outlets). One report said that they would be discussing that due to the negative image of Zimmerman that was portrayed by Judge Lester in the Order. Can they just ask a judge to step down because they do not like an Order? It was directly based on Zimmerman’s behavior, it would hardly seem reasonable to ask him to recuse himself. That would be second motion for a judge change in this young case.

    • They can ask him to recuse himself, but he can refuse to step down, which is what he will likely do.

      They can appeal his denial of their motion, but they are not likely to be successful because appellate courts rarely remove trial court judges.

      In his recent order, Judge Lester explained why he characterized the prosecution’s evidence as “strong” at the first bond hearing and his statement that GZ’s misconduct in concealing the money and not surrendering his second passport looks like GZ may have intended to flee certainly is supported by the evidence, so I do not see a legitimate basis to remove Judge Lester from the case.

      I think it’s pretty amazing that he granted bail under the circumstances.

      The defense probably knows there is little chance to get the Court of Appeals to remove him and they may just be trying to intimidate him by threatening to try and remove him.

      • KA says:

        Thanks for answering the question. I am glad to hear that he will, most likely, not be removed.

        I am disturbed by the “tricks” seen in the defense. I had not pegged O’Mara as one to try his hand at some of the statements I have heard to garner public sympathy.

        I have a special distaste for his continual “harping” in every single public interview and hearing that his clients life is in danger. I expect to see special motions this week to reconsider a new location. The bullet proof vests in court, the “intense security” being the reason for high living expenses just perpetuate the image of “Black = Violent” which is, in all likelihood” much of the reason this teen is dead to begin with. I think his statements are dangerous and inflammatory all in the name of garnering money and public sympathy. I feel there is a strong racial parallel to his words.

        It is hard to argue GZ was not, at the very least, foolish. O’Mara is setting up his actions publicly as heroic. I think that is dangerous.

        • I agree. I do not believe GZ’s life is in any actual danger and the claimed need for bulletproof vests, living at a secret location and a 24/7 security detail is merely a charade to garner sympathy and financial support.

          This is a pretty blatant emphasis on race that I believe is calculated to influence potential white jurors so that subconsciously, if not consciously, they will be afraid to find GZ guilty, due to the possible repercussions to themselves or to their family members from crazed vengeance-driven Blacks wearing hoodies and wielding AK47s.

          This is really unfortunate and I hope the strategy is perceived for what it is; namely, stark unreasoning fear of race-based retaliation by a racist projecting his prejudice on everyone else.

          To me and I hope to everyone else, GZ’s fear is an admission of guilt that he is a racist and he did profile TM.

          If I were his lawyer, I would be telling him to knock it off and act like a regular person.

  5. Beth says:

    I can’t believe George is out…again. George & Co only needed $85k to get out. There is so much evidence to show that George’s version is not true…George and family misled the courts….is the procecutors really trying this case? Will additional charges be presented?

    • ajamazin says:

      I do not trust Corey.

    • jd says:

      Bail is a great part of our criminal justice system. While I think GZ is not at all a credible person, he is entitled to a vigorous defense and yes, bail according to the laws the judge cited in his order.

      His day of judgement is coming, in a court of law and if you believe in a higher power, as well. His “contradictions” are already an admission that he’s lied about how he traveled from the clubhouse to the T sidewalk area and deductive reasoning will prove he is likely concealing a car to pedestrian chase followed by a foot chase, albeit with a short break where he lost sight of the teen. Why would someone lie about this? Ask the jury, I think they can come up with an answer quickly.

  6. CherokeeNative says:

    Mr. Leatherman, I would like your comment on the post by O’Mara on his GZlegaldefense site which states:

    “For those who have given in the past, for those who have thought about giving, for those who feel Mr. Zimmerman was justified in his actions, for those who feel they would do the same if they were in Mr. Zimmerman’s shoes, for those that think Mr. Zimmerman has been treated unfairly by the media, for those who feel Mr. Zimmerman has been falsely accused as a racist, for those who feel this case is an affront to their constitutional rights — now is the time to show your support.”

    While I have had reservations about O’Mara’s legal defense site and the Facebook site for GZ, I can’t help but feel O’Mara has stepped over the line into unethical territory. Your feelings on this subject? TIA

    • I don’t believe shilling for financial contributions to pay for GZ’s defense, which includes O’Mara’s fees, is unethical, but I would not do it.

      • CommonSenseForChange says:

        I don’t think the problem is with raising funds for a defense. The problem is the insensitivity and callousness of the way the request for support is phrased. In particular, this part: “for those who feel they would do the same if they were in Mr. Zimmerman’s shoes”

        Is there nothing in the state bar’s rules that would prohibit such an incendiary way to raise money?

        If “JoeTerror” were defending a person on a terrorism charge — for example, arrested for blowing up a government building or something. Would it be ethical or within the rules and guidelines for an attorney to have a website up to collect defense funds which said:

        “for those who feel they would do the same if they were in JoeTerror’s shoes… please support us”

        Please say it ain’t so!

        • I am not aware of a specific ethical rule that prohibits a lawyer from soliciting funds on behalf of a client when a portion of those funds will be used to pay the lawyer’s fees and costs.

          So long as the fund is held in trust for the client’s benefit and not commingled with other funds in the lawyer’s general account, there should not be any problem.

          If the client were accused of committing acts of terrorism, however, I believe the government would seize the account claiming a legal right to do so because the funds came from people engaged in supporting or committing terrorist activity.

          I will admit, however, that I think O’Mara’s plea for money is over the top and it is not something that I ever did or would consider doing.

      • CommonSenseForChange says:

        Thank you Professor Leatherman for answering my question (even though I screwed up the scenario when asking it)!

        I looked at the rules before asking, but didn’t find anything either. I hope the rules are revised to prohibit asking for money “if they feel they would commit the same crime if they were in they were given the opportunity to do so.”

      • CommonSenseForChange says:

        @ajamazin –

        I see this as more than carnival barker. I see this as a way to legitimize calls to kill other citizens since it will pay off in a society that is overbent towards capitalizing on any need unmet before that can be met now. I see this as a call to citizens that have no regard for human life to money to send money to get it put in the law books that killing other people will pay off if you can figure out that the loophole in the laws that prohibit profiting on crimes is cool if you can get the money before a conviction.

        I see it as a degradation of our current civilized lifestyle pulling us into uncivilized strife. I see this as a set-back to all the progress U.S. citizens have lost life and limb to achieve in the past and a hindrance to making our country a safer, better place to live.

        The irony in O’Mara’s call for those that would take a two-weeks past 16-yr old’s life is that most of the pro-follow/pro-kill Zimmerman supporters are also anti-abortionists. I have long thought these people ONLY oppose abortions in order to have more people to hunt.

    • KA says:

      I loath the section “…for those who feel they would do the same if they were in Mr. Zimmerman’s shoes..”..as it seems completely desperate and insensitive. At the minimum Zimmerman’s actions were irresponsible and foolish and at the far end, he set out to kill someone he felt was inferior in status. I fear anyone who feels they would “do the same”.

  7. Two sides to the story says:

    Blech.

  8. KA says:

    You are right and I am sure O’Mara had good connections in with bondman. I am just really repulsed by the whole situation. This is a guy who has not held a job for over 18 months in his adult life, took 8 years to ALMOST get a AA degree (he never quite finished), sued continuously by creditors, has not owned a single plot of property in his life, yet he can bond out at one million dollars in less than 24 hours. Sad day for morality.

  9. KA says:

    They have a million dollar house (in this market) for the collateral? Were they going to “struggle with 15K the last time”? I thought Zimmerman Sr was disabled and on government support? Truly amazing…

    • A bail bondsman is a businessman and has some discretion to decide what he wants as security before he will agree to post his bond. This guy has already made $100 K without doing much of anything and, given GZ’s notoriety, recognizability, the strict conditions of release, tight real time GPS monitoring, and the equity in the Z’s home, he must have felt sufficiently secured to post his $1 M bond.

      • ajamazin says:

        House sold new in ’97 at $122,000.

        The Zimmermans paid about$165,000 in 2002.

        Comp. sales in the $120 ‘s, with defaults in the subdivision.

        The house is rather small at 1,599 sq. ft. and there are no improvements or upgrades.

        Not enough room for a pool….

        [The bondsman is insured.]

      • ajamazin says:

        Are they using the same bond company, All Star/Magic Bails Bond?

        Odd, it had an ownership change….

      • crazy1946 says:

        If I was a betting man, I would suggest that the funds came indirectly from the NRA and or ALEC! They have too much vested interest in the Stand Your Ground law! For those of you that missed it before, Zimmerman used money out of the “escape kitty” to post the 10% on the last bond, even the parents were in on the fraud that was committed upon the court! The whole family is corupt, any wonder why George turned out like he did?

  10. USA Today is reporting that, according to the Seminole County Sheriff’s Department, GZ’s father and mother put up their house to secure his release.

  11. crazy1946 says:

    Well, I suppose the supporters of Zimmerman sent enough money, he is now free on bond! Thanks to God and the NRA this man is now back out of jail!

  12. KA says:

    He very clearly states that Trayvon did not “sit up” until he was shot. This is quite the opposite of comments I am seeing from Zimmerman defenders that say the bullet location and distance makes sense since Trayvon was sitting up…I cannot imagine this story having any physical evidence outside of a few mostly inconsistent injuries…

    • If TM were lying on top of GZ, the trajectory of the bullet likely would have been side to side, and if TM were sitting up, it would have been upward from front to back.

      Seems most likely to me that GZ was straddling TM or standing up when he fired the fatal shot and that precludes self-defense because GZ would not have been in imminent danger of being killed or suffering grievous bodily harm when he killed TM.

  13. KA says:

    Someone brought this to my attention today. In one of Zimmerman’s police videos http://trayvon.axiomamnesia.com/video/george-zimmerman-police-video-statements/

    In the Police interrogation video at 044:50 – 044:59 George says “I was on him and…” (at the 44:54 mark exactly) as GZ gets lost in the details of his story and doesn’t even correct himself. He said that Trayvon before that Trayvon was right on top of him and pressing all his weight on him. How would he have shot him so directly in the chest if all of his weight was on him and he managed to grab the gun? Additionally, Zimmerman blood (now that we have testimony that blood was all over his chin, goatee, mouth from the fire EMT) would not only be on Trayvons hands, but smeared down his shirt in the from Trayvon hands “Sliding down his chest” to his gun…as that was the “hand that was on his mouth”…it seems untold amounts of physical evidence will completely discredit his story. The scenario he describes seems completely impossible to physically happen at all. The “slip” of the tongue in the interview is an interesting twist to that implausible scenario.

    • verafish says:

      KA, I’m not, by any means, a Zimmerman supporter but when I just watched the video, it appeared to me that what he meant by “I was ON him…” was that the muzzle of the gun was on Trayvon’s chest. Watch it again. They’d just discussed the length of the gun and how there wasn’t much room to maneuver it…..right then is when he says “I was ON him…” and then goes on to say that Trayvon sat up and spoke those infamous words. (Sure he did)

      I shouldn’t argue this point at all because I think Zimmerman’s entire story about what lead up to the scuffle is BS, so I expect his description of any fight is also BS. You can almost watch him imagining how it *could* have happened and then telling that story…but I don’t think he’s relating how it really went down.

  14. ajamazin says:

    q> He even mentions a charge of criminal contempt as one possibility.

    Are your referring to criminal contempt of court?

    Would not the judge rather than the prosecutor make that charge?

    • No. There are three types of contempt.

      Civil contempt when a witness refuses to answer a question and is jailed until he agrees to answer it. We see this most often when a grand jury witness refuses to answer a question.

      Contempt of court when someone in the courtroom acts out and the judge summarily punishes him by ordering him jailed overnight, for example.

      Criminal contempt is actually a crime prosecuted just like any other crime by the prosecuting attorney and it’s punishable by a prison sentence of up to 5 years in most jurisdictions.

      Judge Lester was referring to criminal contempt.

  15. Beth says:

    Is this bond sole and separate from the first?

  16. I have a couple of questions about GZ’s written statement and reasoning for “unholstering” his firearm. He purposely states that his reasoning for “unholstering” his firearm was because TM told him “your gonna die tonight MF”. Not because of the beating, but because TM “had assured he was going to kill.” So, according to GZ’s own words, he wasn’t in fear for his life up to the point of that statement. To my mind, this means we (judge, jury, public) would have to believe that TM intended to kill GZ and explicitly stated the fact, in order to give any credence to GZ’s reasoning for “unholstering” his firearm. In other words…According to GZ…he didn’t have a perceived “grey area” fear for his life…he predicated everything on an explicit fact. My first question is this: How does this affect the SYG hearing seeing where GZ’s credibility stands with Judge Lester? Second question is…If as a juror, I don’t believe TM intended to kill GZ, and I don’t believe he ever said “you’re gonna die tonight MF”, but do think it is possible that TM started to beat up GZ…ie. If I don’t believe TM said “you’re gonna die tonight”, then I don’t believe GZ was in fear for his life…Can I go with M2?

    • KA says:

      Harry, there is another thing that Zimmerman said in the April 20th hearing….he had told Trayvon’s parents that “he didn’t know how old he was…” (and we know that is a lie), but also he said “I did not know he wasn’t armed..”. I find that second statement interesting as that could be interpreted as “I shot first because I did not know if he had a gun”…which would indicate that the beating was not the problem and he misread the situation and shot?

      Anyway, I wondered how that statement may be used against SYG or self defense. Any thoughts on this Professor Leatherman?

      • I may be reading the situation wrong but it seems to me that if SYG is dependent on the credibility of the defendant with the Judge…GZ is not going to get off based on SYG. However this posting says “I caution against assuming that Judge Lester has formed an opinion or reached any conclusions regarding the viability of Zimmerman’s claim of self-defense.” Professor Leatherman…can you fill in the blank spots between – GZ has severely damaged his credibility with JL, but JL rules in his favor at a SYG hearing?

        • Good perceptive question.

          I think Judge Lester is trying hard to avoid presuming that “once a liar, always a liar.”

          And I think O’Mara went to extraordinary lengths at the bond hearing to place the focus back on what happened when GZ shot and killed TM. Like a mantra, he keeps repeating that GZ’s injuries independently confirm GZ’s story.

          I think he knows GZ’s credibility is shot and he’s hoping to win the case with his argument that the injuries independently confirm GZ’s story.

          Meanwhile, Judge Lester is trying hard to remain fair and impartial despite GZ’s egregious disrespect to the dignity of the court and that might be the real reason why he granted bail with such tight conditions of release.

      • GZ’s apology did not appear to be genuine because he said TM appeared to be only a couple of years younger than him and he did not know he was unarmed.

        This statement conflicts with what he told the dispatcher and the police. He told them TM appeared to be a teenager, which was subsequently confirmed for him by the police, and he never said he believed TM was armed with any kind of weapon. Instead, he said he pulled out his gun and shot him when TM told him, “One of us is going to die tonight,” as TM reached for GZ’s gun.

        There are many other inconsistent statements and statements that conflict with the crime scene and forensic evidence that will likely play a much more important role in the case than what GZ said to TM’s parents.

        I imagine O’Mara’s primary concern right now is whether GZ has a viable SYG claim since GZ appears to have followed and confronted TM.

        Looks to me like if anyone had a right to stand his ground, it was TM.

    • Ok Professor Leatherman. Simply for the sake of clarity…you are saying that despite the “egregious disrespect to the dignity of the court” by the defendant, and the judge knowing about all of the inconsistencies in the evidence, specifically between the written statement, the re-enactment and his interrogation…There is still a chance that Judge Lester could rule in GZ’s favor at a SYG hearing? Even though the basis for doing so would be on the believability of GZ’s account of what happened?

      I’m teaching a Young Lawyer Programme here in Hong Kong. I’m using this case as an example of how complicated the law can be. Thanks for your feedback…it is very helpful.

      • I’m saying he’s trying hard to maintain the appearance of impartiality and not prejudge the merits of Zimmerman’s claim of self-defense until he has heard all of the evidence.

        I also do not know how familiar he is with all of the evidence or even if he has reviewed all of it. He basically ignored most of O’Mara’s presentation of exculpatory evidence supporting GZ’s claim of self-defense because he regarded it as only marginally relevant to the the issue of bail..

        Nevertheless, he’s clearly upset by GZ’s manipulative and deceitful misconduct in attempting to conceal the money and that will not help GZ.

  17. ajamazin says:

    After citing numerous serious and substantial reasons why bond should not be granted, Judge Lester then granted Zimmerman bond.

  18. crazy1946 says:

    While I also think the judge was indicating a charge of criminal intent is in order against Zimmerman, I also think he is stating that it will not necessarly affect the bond he has now ordered. Am I correct on that assumption? I wonder how much more his NRA sponsored fan club will be willing to donate to save there stand your ground law? I am still surprised that the state has not charged Zimmerman with this additional charge, and his sister with a charge of conspiricy as well. In the jail house tapes, who were the other parties that were mentioned by Zimmerman to his wife? Was he talking about his brother? What about the place that he and his wife were talking about renting and Zimmerman cautioned her about using their Florida address? There were several places in the tapes where my inclanation was to think the possibility of leaving the country was being discussed, however that may have been because I have thought all along that if given the opportunity to escape that Zimmerman would have been gone in a heart beat!

  19. Two sides to the story says:

    Sorry for the speculation here – there is certainly a family resemblance – http://www.gzimmermanlaw.com/attorney-profile/

    • ajamazin says:

      Read Grace’s bio.

      It follows the family’s ancestral ties to Spain.

      • lynp says:

        Nonsense. It is clear that George is of the Amerindian native indeginous people of Peru with the straight black hair, brown skin tone, slight eye fold, flat nose and short stocky build. aneigenous

      • lynp says:

        I don’t believe this is a picture or bio of George’s sister Grace. Her picture with him on Twitter shows a brown skinned female.

      • Two sides to the story says:

        Could very well be the wrong Grace Zimmerman, but Grace and George’s father is white, and it’s likely that some of the mother’s Peruvian ancestors have Spanish blood and ties to Spain – mestizo.

    • Swamp Rabbit says:

      Per the website, Ms. Grace Zimmerman received her bachelor’s degree in 1987. Unless she was a prodigy, that puts her yeat of birth around 1965. Reuters reports that Mr. Robert Zimmerman, Sr. met his wife-to-be in January, 1975, so I don’t think Ms. Grace Zimmerman is likely to be their daughter.

  20. KA says:

    I also wondered, as I heard rumor that Zimmerman’s sister is a Immigration attorney in CA, how could this order affect her professional status? It would seem clear that she knew, and actually participated in his deception of money and did not report to the court. Would this be grounds for Bar discipline?

    • I don’t know anything about her, but she might have some splainin’ to do, if she is a member of a bar association and someone files a complaint alleging she knowingly participated in her brother’s scheme to defraud the court about his financial situation by allowing him to use her account to park and hide a substantial sum of his money.

  21. KA says:

    Though Professor Leatherman, do you believe it can be used as a clear indication that Judge Lester considers Zimmerman to be untrustworthy and therefore any testimony offered by Zimmerman in the courtroom to be suspect? The Order seemed to indicate over and over that Zimmerman had the wherewithal to arrange a great many things that suited his situation irrespective of law, his attorney, or anything else.

    It seems the burden of proof that the case warrants SYG in the eyes of the judge is much higher as his credibility with Judge Lester is now clearly stated to be zero. Isn’t “fearing for your life” for SYG a state of mind and therefore very dependent on the “believe ability” of that fear by the defendant himself? I would think that credibility would have a heavy weight in that argument. I am not sure if I am looking at this correctly.

    • I think you are right, and if I were George Zimmerman, I would draw no succor from Judge Lester’s decision and be very concerned about the outcome of the case.

      Given what he did to conceal the money and the passport, why would anyone believe anything Zimmerman says about anything, unless it can be independently verified?

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