A few weeks ago, I had written about George Zimmerman creating a website to ask for help with his legal defense and living expenses. Because of the amount of outrage associated with Trayvon Martin’s death, I had hoped that the website would not bring in too much money. Unfortunately, I was wrong. George Zimmerman has a lot of supporters. Even though the website was quickly shut down, it managed to bring in $204,000 that George Zimmerman omitted from his testimony during his bail hearing. As a result, bail was set at $150,000 and he was released on $15,000 bond. (Even Zimmerman’s defense team only found out about the money after he had been released.)
Now, prosecutors are requesting that Judge Kenneth Lester, Jr. raise George Zimmerman’s bail in order to to an amount reflecting this additional $200,000. After all, the bail was set at $150,000 because of George Zimmerman’s supposed lack of resources. In the mean time, George Zimmerman’s lawyer Mark O’Mara is creating another donation website for his client for the purpose of covering his legal fees, which amount to $400 per hour. This case is a prime example of just how backwards our legal system is. Please keep the family of the late Trayvon Martin in prayer as they continue to seek justice for their son.
For more information, check out this article from CNN.com.