Judge orders Zimmerman to return to jail

George Zimmerman

According to CNN, the judge in the George Zimmerman case has ordered Mr. Zimmerman to surrender to authorities and return to jail by Sunday after the judge revoked his bond for misleading the court about his bond.

Seminole County Judge Kenneth Lester Jr. ordered Mr. Zimmerman back to jail, saying the 28-year-old was not truthful about how much money he had access to when he posted bond in April.

Mr. Zimmerman is charged with murdering 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in February, which he says was self defense.

After Trayvon’s murder, mass demonstrations occurred around the country to show their solidarity with Trayvon, who many believe was racially profiled and followed before being killed.

Mr. Zimmerman was not arrested immediately. After almost two months of protests calling for his arrest, the case was referred to the state attorney, and Mr. Zimmerman was arrested.

After being arrested, a website was set up to help Mr. Zimmerman with legal fees– money the Judge Lester did not know he had when he allowed the defendant to post bond. Mr Zimmerman and his wife said they had no money. However, Mr. Zimmerman’s fund had about $135,000, according to the article.

According to the article, court documents filed on Friday by State Attorney Angela B. Corey, there were “recorded jailhouse conversations between Zimmerman and his wife, prosecutors alleged the two spoke in code when discussing the money in a credit union account.”

In light of that information, the judge revoked his bond and ordered him to surrender by Sunday afternoon.

According to Ms. Corey in court records, Zimmerman controlled and participated in the transfer of money from the PayPal account to the credit union accounts.

Mr. Zimmerman’s lawyer, Mark O’Mara, said in April that the money raised from the website was put into an account that he controlled.

But, according to court documents, Ms. Corey said the money is still in Mr. Zimmerman’s control.

According to Ms. Corey, the judge “relied on false representations and statements” by Mr. Zimmerman and his wife when the court set his bond at $150,000, of which he was required to post only 10 percent of that.


About Haley Behre

I graduated from Syracuse University in December 2011 with majors in newspaper journalism and women and gender studies. Using these majors, I aspire to become a journalist who writes about human rights issues. I have held internships at the Syracuse New Times, Dash Media PR Firm, Syracuse Post-Standard and the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press. I also had an internship at the Not For Sale Campaign Syracuse chapter, which is a non-profit organization dedicated to eradicating human trafficking. I was born in Seoul, Korea on September 30, 1990 and moved to the United States before I was one year old. When I was 8, my family and I moved to Norwich, England for three years. While I was here I was immersed into a new culture and got to experience many things other children my age do not get to. Over the three years, I visited Ireland, France and the Netherlands several times, and Belgium, Wales and Sweden once. In the winter of 2010, I got an amazing opportunity to visit Kenya for a month. This was by far the single most eye-opening experience of my life thus far. The natural beauty of the landscape and its people do not compare to anything I have seen. I currently intern for the Reporters Committee for the Freedom of the Press in the hopes of getting a full-time job at a newspaper or non-profit after.
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