George Zimmerman Will Ask Taxpayers to Cover Up to $300,000 of His Legal Bills

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Stand Your Ground isn't the only state law set to stir controversy in the George Zimmerman case. The lesser-known Florida Statute 939.06 requires the state to pay all of a defendant's expenses if he/she is acquitted of all charges.

Zimmerman's defense team has been tallying up the cost of expert witnesses, documents, and travel and is set to ask taxpayers for up to a $300,000 refund. That would be on top of the $900,000 prosecutors already spent on their failed case.

Zimmerman's main attorney, Mark O'Mara, has been putting together the motion asking for the state to cover the costs.

Although the statute guarantees a refund to an acquitted defendant, a judge has to approve all the expenses. Some of O'Mara's requests are sure to provoke a challenge from the court, including an expensive 3-D animation the defense team produced of Zimmerman's fatal confrontation with unarmed Miami teen Trayvon Martin.

"That's where the fight is," O'Mara tells the Orlando Sentinel, referring to the individual expenses.

O'Mara claims he hasn't been paid by Zimmerman for his 16 months of work on the case, which would tally to more than $1 million in legal fees at his usual $400-per-hour rate.

Although Zimmerman raised thousands of dollars from supporters, his defense fund often ran dry during the trial to the point that O'Mara considered declaring him indigent and asking the state to cover his defense costs.

That didn't happen, but taxpayers will shoulder a hefty chunk of his fees now that he's a free man.

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drakemallard
drakemallard topcommenter

Attorneys for Shellie Zimmerman are due at a hearing in Seminole County on Wednesday.

The wife of George Zimmerman is charged with perjury.
But financial records, as well as recorded phone calls between the Zimmermans, later revealed that the family was in possession of around $135,000, much of which was collected through donations.Her and her husband are made for each other..they both are a pair of lying scums” 

 http://www.seminoleclerk.org/CriminalDocket/case_detail.jsp?CaseNo=592012CF001792A

Génesis Cuesta
Génesis Cuesta

Just in case you didn't have enough reasons to hate him....

drakemallard
drakemallard topcommenter






Am I the only one who thinks Florida will soon have a new governor?


Scott is as much of a coward as George Zimmerman. Scott has been paid off by the NRA,  Koch Brothers, -ALEC and so has the FL legislature which is composed of a Republican super majority.So, let me get this straight! End abortion in the state because it's saving children, but allow stand your ground laws to "stand" as they are because it kills children?

drakemallard
drakemallard topcommenter

George Zimmerman Civil Rights Case Logical Next Step To Seek Justice For Trayvon


To seek immunity, Zimmerman would have to ask for a a hearing under Florida's "Stand Your Ground" law. He chose not to pursue one before the criminal trial, but O'Mara had suggested he might go that route in the event of an acquittal.

legal analyst Lisa Bloom talks to Lester Holt and Kate Snow about whether George Zimmerman could face a civil suit.

Coffey said that if Zimmerman is granted a hearing, he would have to testify. If he didn't convince the judge to grant him immunity, a civil suit could proceed to trial, where he would likely have to testify again.

drakemallard
drakemallard topcommenter


 and his wife’s lies about all the money in court and in a phone conversation while he was in jail were another indication of what Rhonda accurately termed his lack of character or common sense. He is a proven liar, both about the donations he received and about that night, with his many mutually contradictory accounts. If he had testified, he would have tripped up on all those lies.  Zimmerman made a ton of money between his arrest and the trial from pro-gun and racist groups in the US. And, at one point, he and his wife were contemplating leaving the country.  


Zimmerman hasn’t the good sense to go away and be grateful he got away with his crime, and his attorneys don’t seem too aware that they are dealing with someone with sociopathic leanings, someone who can’t feel for anyone else, and who has been in trouble with the law throughout his life. Zimmerman has a long history of accusations that he is a predator, from sexual abuse of a minor to domestic violence

drakemallard
drakemallard topcommenter

The strange thing is if Travon had a gun and shot Zimmerman in the heart instead of hitting him with his fists he could have legally claimed he was standing his ground against someone who was stalking him.

Ru Ru H
Ru Ru H

Better yet, have Jackson/Sharpton/Obama, and the blamestream media pay for it. Along with an apology.

Danny Cespedes
Danny Cespedes

So he kills a kid, gets away with it and I have to pay for his legal fees? Rick Scott needs to be banished from this planet without an oxygen tank to take with him.

Lee Glick
Lee Glick

Didnt zimmerman have a legal defense fund set up for him by his ugly ass wife back when he first got arrested?

frankd4
frankd4 topcommenter

this is really NOT unusual for the losing party to pay the legal fees of the DEFENDING party

IF the state comes AFTER an individual and loses why not reimburse that individual's attorney for the cost of defending oneself AND being proven innocent ? or else ANY private citizen could be BANKRUPTED simply by being pursued in a legal matter which they may win and clear their name BUT will be financially ruined anyway

HOW MANY would be forced to plead "guilty" simply because they cannot properly afford to defend themselves ? imagine IF you were rounded up and charged with something you were NOT guilty of and had to plead guilty because you couldn't afford to defend yourself ?

frankd4
frankd4 topcommenter

AND THE COPS would have to be trusted NOT TO MAKE mistakes - right ?

Sebastian Barboza
Sebastian Barboza

the focus is not in the nut guy who killed Travon, but in the law that protected the nut to profiled and killed Travor, when the law changes, then those supporting the nut wont have the law in their side, so support the Dream Defenders.

Louis Wing
Louis Wing

I think alot of people are going to freak out if he gets paid. But then again, Rick Scott will probably deliver the check to him personally.

Joe LaDuca
Joe LaDuca

He should get all the monetary compensation the state permits.

Rick Perry
Rick Perry

Either this is a false story, or someone is way off base with their numbers

Jorge Garcia Jr
Jorge Garcia Jr

I hope Zimmerman gets every penny out of the state! They tried a case and they lost! Those are the rules of our system! Like I said before and ill say it again, I woulda shot him too! This country needs to wake the f... up!

Alexander Milian
Alexander Milian

The state is already covering all fees except his lawyer fees, and his lawyer's took the case pro-bono. So take it up with your West and O'Mally big guy, you have already cost the state tax payers nearly 1 million dollars and you want to add another $300,000 to the tab for your lawyers who again were doing this pro-bono(free) to enhance their image.

Donyell Gray
Donyell Gray

. If he couldn't pay, he should have gotten a public defender!

Ari Diaz
Ari Diaz

classic, we pay cause he killed a kid. although he was told not to pursue. gotta love our government & judicial system..

airyeoman
airyeoman

@drakemallard Actually no he could not.  You people do NOT understand the SYG law.  it is only an add on and not a defense in itself.  Also, what GZ did does not fall under Florida stalking laws.  Learn what the heck your talking about.

drakemallard
drakemallard topcommenter

@Donyell Gray 





George Zimmerman Civil Rights Case Logical Next Step To Seek Justice For Trayvon the family’s lawyer has already said that they will pursue a civil case against Zimmerman. Civil cases are weighed by the jury based on the preponderance of evidence and not beyond the shadow of the doubt — which explains why they can be more successful than criminal prosecutions. A notorious case would be O.J. Simpson who was acquitted of murder charges in criminal court but ordered to pay $33.5 million in civil court.


When an armed man can hunt down an unarmed teenager while on the telephone with a 911 dispatcher, kill the teen, and then walk away free, I think it’s fair to assume that there’s a serious problem with justice in the jurisdiction where the event took place.

 

erngomez
erngomez

@Donyell Gray would you have placed your life on a public defender? that's like saying "I have a serious life threatening illness. I cant pay the bill so I better go to the free clinic and hope for the best"

drakemallard
drakemallard topcommenter

@Ari Diaz “Zimmerman was on the bottom because he had to be to be. Otherwise he wouldn't have been able to claim self defense stand your ground as he shot this unarmed boy. Zimmerman was no dummy when came to how the scene needed to be staged. With his gun at the ready he knew his life was never in "real" danger. We know Zimmerman, we know. here is example of a hold george on bottom and tyrayvon on top http://nbcsportsmedia3.msnbc.com/j/NBCSports/Sections/UFC/PhotoArchive/YearReview/NogChokesTim.aim640.jpg

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