Zimmerman’s lawyers to request new bond hearing

Zimmerman booking photo - June 3, 2012

Booking photo for George Zimmerman, who returned to jail June 3rd after a judge revoked his bond. (Source: Seminole County Sheriff's Office)

Lawyers for George Zimmerman, who was returned to a Seminole County jail Sunday after a judge revoked his bond, will request a new hearing to attempt to await his trial on second degree murder charges outside of a cell.

Zimmerman’s lawyer, Mark O’Mara, posted a notice on his website, GZLegaldefense.com, making clear that the team would seek a new bond hearing. Zimmerman was freed on $150,000 bond in April, which Judge Kenneth Lester revoked after prosecutors produced evidence that Zimmerman and his wife misled the court about their finances.

The post on the site also sought to clarify how much money George and Shellie Zimmerman have at their disposal. And it made an important admission: that Zimmerman allowed his financial status to be misrepresented in court. The post read in part:

While Mr. Zimmerman acknowledges that he allowed his financial situation to be misstated in court, the defense will emphasize that in all other regards, Mr. Zimmerman has been forthright and cooperative. He gave several voluntary statements to the police, re-enacted the events for them, gave voice exemplars for comparison and stayed in ongoing contact with the Department of Law Enforcement during his initial stage of being in hiding. He has twice surrendered himself to law enforcement when asked to do so, and this should demonstrate that Mr. Zimmerman is not a flight risk. He has also complied with all conditions of his release, including curfew, keeping in touch with his supervising officers, and maintaining his GPS monitoring, without violation.

The audio recordings of Mr. Zimmerman’s phone conversations while in jail make it clear that Mr. Zimmerman knew a significant sum had been raised by his original fundraising website. We feel the failure to disclose these funds was caused by fear, mistrust, and confusion. The gravity of this mistake has been distinctly illustrated, and Mr. Zimmerman understands that this mistake has undermined his credibility, which he will have to work to repair.

At the point of the bond hearing, Mr. Zimmerman had been driven from his home and neighborhood, could not go to work, his wife could not go back to a finish her nursing degree, his mother and father had been driven from their home, and he had been thrust into the national spotlight as a racist murderer by factions acting with their own agendas. None of those allegations have been supported by the discovery released to date, yet the hatred continues.

It must be noted that, when attempting to interpret George’s actions regarding the funds, that he did disclose the existence of the funds five days after the bond hearing, during his first conversation with the defense about the fund. When the defense team learned of the funds, we disclosed this to the court and to the State Attorney’s Office, and the money was transferred to the Legal Defense Fund which is now independently managed.

The site claims that of the $204,000 raised by Zimmerman via his website, TheRealGeorgeZimmeran.com, and an associated PayPaul account, some $150,000 “was transferred to the Legal Defense Fund. $30,000 was used to make the complicated transition from private life in Sanford, FL to a life in hiding as a defendant in a high-profile court case. The balance of approximately $20,000 was kept liquid to provide living expenses for the first several months as the legal process unfolds.”

It continues:

Since the independently managed Legal Defense Fund was established on May 3, supporters have contributed more than $37,000. Of this amount, $2,000 has been designated for household expenses. Less than $300 has been designated for fund management and fees associated with maintaining the conditions of the bond. None of the funds have yet to be allocated to legal expenses. Neither Mr. Zimmerman or the defense team has direct access to the independently managed Legal Defense Fund.

As of 5 p.m. Monday, no new court filing had been made.