“The judge overseeing the Trayvon Martin [homicide] case in Florida set bond for George Zimmerman at $1 million Thursday, after hearing arguments last week that Zimmerman and his wife tried to conceal donations for his case,” CNN reports. [Click here for the judgement.] “It was unclear how quickly Zimmerman could post the bond and be released from jail.” I guess that depends on how quickly Mr. Zimmerman can raise the 10 to 20 percent required to make bail. Circuit Judge Kenneth Lester was none too happy with George’s failure to disclose the fruits of an online financial appeal to aid his defense. In part, the order reads . . .
Under any definition, the defendant has flaunted the system . . . The defendant has tried to manipulate the system when he has been presented the opportunity to do so.
Even so . . .
This court has, thus far, declined to exercise its contempt powers and the state failed to prove that the defendant be held without bond.
And just in case you forgot that the Zimmerman trial has been tainted by questions of race, CNN ends its report thus:
Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer, acknowledged fatally shooting Martin in February after calling police to report a suspicious person. Zimmerman, who is white and Hispanic, said Martin attacked him.