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Breaking News: The judge in the George Zimmerman second-degree murder trial revoked his bond today and ordered him to surrender himself in 48 hours. George Zimmerman's Bond Revoked

Kyle 2012/06/01 18:55:19





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George Zimmerman answers a question from
attorney Mark O'Mara during a bond hearing in Sanford, Fla., in this
April 20, 2012 photo. (Gary W. Green/ Orlando Sentinel/Pool/AP Photo)



















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A judge revoked bond today for George Zimmerman, who is accused of
killing a Florida teenager in his gated community, and ordered the
neighborhood watch captain to surrender himself in 48 hours.


Prosecutors had filed a motion today to revoke his bond, accusing
Zimmerman of "deceiving" the court about his finances and his possession
of a second passport, which he apparently acquired two weeks after the
shooting.


"The court was led to believe that they didn't have a single penny,"
said prosecutor Bernie De La Rionda. "If this [the money] wasn't
relevant to bond then why did they lie about it? I don't know what
other words to use besides that it was a blatant lie."


In recordings of conversations released today during a court hearing,
Zimmerman and his wife cryptically talk about his second passport in a
safety deposit box they shared.


Although one of his passports was due to expire in May, prosecutors said
today, Zimmerman applied for a second passport, informing the State
Department that the original had been lost lost or stolen.


In some of the phone calls between the two, she is at a credit union
that was linked to his PayPal account and speaking to a teller. The
prosecution said that she was "intimately involved in the deposit and
transfer of funds and money into various accounts."




In the conversations Zimmerman and his wife speak in code -- reducing
the amounts in their financial accounts by a factor of 1,000.
Prosecutors said the couple knew that their jailhouse conversations were
likely being recorded.


Zimmerman is accused of tracking down and killing teenager Trayvon
Martin, who caught the attention of the neighborhood watch captain in
his gated Florida community.


The new documents show that Zimmerman had $135,000 in his bank account
the day before his bail hearing -- in which he declared himself
financially indigent.


The prosecution and defense also have banded together against more than a
dozen media companies' demands to uncork another batch of sealed
records that could reveal much more about both Zimmerman and Martin that
night.


The attorneys for Zimmerman and the state will likely try to keep sealed
Zimmerman's statements to police, his text messages and the names and
addresses of 22 witnesses
who saw or heard the fighting between Zimmerman and Martin Feb. 26.


Both sides have argued that given the intense controversy and scrutiny
over the shooting, keeping a lid on public information about the
identity of witnesses and Zimmerman's allegedly inconsistent statements
given to police the night of the shooting would enable them to more
fairly pursue justice.


However, the media companies countered that violates Florida's especially open public records laws.


Zimmerman has claimed that he shot the unarmed 17-year-old Feb. 26 in self-defense.


The prosecution has accused the neighborhood watchman of "profiling"
Martin, who is black; following him; and entering into a confrontation
that eventually led him to draw his weapon and shoot Martin in the
chest.


Zimmerman's attorney Mark O'Mara wrote on his blog that once he receives
all the evidence from the state he will begin deposing about 50
witnesses, including experts. He added the trial is now not expected to
begin until 2013.


O'Mara has brought on a new co-counsel to help him with the case, Orlando attorney Donald West, who specializes in murder cases.


West resigned from his post at the federal public defender's office in
Orlando specifically to join O'Mara and defend Zimmerman.

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  • jujunme 2012/06/01 19:10:48
    jujunme
    +3
    Well, well ,well, so much for the upstanding truth telling Mr Zimmerman
    Seems good ole Zim is going back to jail: HIS BOND WAS REVOKED! for misleading the court regarding his $200,000 Paypal fund which he knew all along was there when he claimed he had no money. The judge was livid and rightfully so! and took no time at all to revoke the bond.

    He is now exposed for the liar he is and makes you wonder, if not be sure what else he lied about, IMO his credibility is totally SHOT!

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  • blissful 2012/06/02 07:04:02
    blissful
    This is just a joke to Zimmerman! He knows that he killed that boy for reasons of God knows what and thinks that he can get away with it. Even he get away with it Judicially. He won't be able to get away with it on Judgement Day..
  • Proggy 2012/06/02 06:45:42
    Proggy
    Hmmm? Where are all the Zimmerman apologists and fan club? This proves all along what everyone decent and sane already knew... HE'S A LIAR!!!
  • flaca BN-0 2012/06/02 02:52:10
    flaca BN-0
    +1
    so does this mean that Zimmerman proponents have finally accepted that he's not the squeaky clean person they thought? Imagine................
  • jujunme flaca BN-0 2012/06/02 04:20:59
    jujunme
    +2
    This story broke many hours ago and if you notice, there isn't one Zimmerman supporter (many who were all over this story claiming his innocence) responding to this news.

    Then again,it's obvious they're not interested in facts or anything that may put their hero in a bad light.So i,m not really surprised at their silence.
  • flaca BN-0 jujunme 2012/06/02 04:23:29
    flaca BN-0
    +1
    they're decimated. Tomorrow they'll have figured out something. You'll see. LOL
  • jujunme flaca BN-0 2012/06/02 04:59:58
    jujunme
    +1
    LOL, you're probably right,like trying to blame the judge for railroading poor innocent Zimmerman.After all, in their mind it has always been someone else's fault, lets see, the media,Obama,the public,and of course the murder victim himself.
    I wish i could be amused at their outrageous claims, but actually it's kind of sickening.
  • Proggy jujunme 2012/06/02 06:52:41
    Proggy
    +1
    Exactly! All you're hearing is crickets from the SodaHead Zimmerman fan club.
  • jujunme Proggy 2012/06/02 17:18:06
    jujunme
    Lol, yes, "crickets" describes them beautifully
    but, wow! it has almost been 24 hours since his bond was revoked and so far not one word from them i guess they ran out of excuses for him.
  • Max 2012/06/01 19:18:29
    Max
    +1
    This may be another charge against him and it will paint him as a liar. Bad move!
  • jujunme 2012/06/01 19:10:48
    jujunme
    +3
    Well, well ,well, so much for the upstanding truth telling Mr Zimmerman
    Seems good ole Zim is going back to jail: HIS BOND WAS REVOKED! for misleading the court regarding his $200,000 Paypal fund which he knew all along was there when he claimed he had no money. The judge was livid and rightfully so! and took no time at all to revoke the bond.

    He is now exposed for the liar he is and makes you wonder, if not be sure what else he lied about, IMO his credibility is totally SHOT!
  • moonchild jujunme 2012/06/01 19:17:09
    moonchild
    +2
    What's more- is he turned over an invalid passport, the one he reported 'lost or stolen' and kept the valid one, obtained 2 weeks AFTER the shooting, in a safe deposit box. Not at all the actions of an innocent man.
  • flaca BN-0 moonchild 2012/06/02 02:53:16
    flaca BN-0
    he gonna go down now. What a dumbass.
  • jujunme flaca BN-0 2012/06/02 04:22:16
    jujunme
    Absolutely!
  • jujunme moonchild 2012/06/02 04:30:36
    jujunme
    I know,but i think that part was dismissed, but, it still goes to show what an out and out liar he is..if anyone doesn't believe this will hurt his self defense claim (since we only have his word for what transpired that evening) they're sadly mistaken.

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