Zimmerman's bond is revoked

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Zimmerman's bond is revoked

George Zimmerman has 48 hours to turn himself into police and return to jail.

A Florida judge on Friday revoked the 28-year-old neighborhood watch volunteer's bond, granting a motion filed earlier in the day by prosecutors who accused Zimmerman and his wife, Shellie, of lying to the court about his finances to secure a lower bond.

Zimmerman is charged with second-degree murder for shooting and killing 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, something that Zimmerman claims was done in self-defense.

During Zimmerman's original bond hearing in April, Shellie testified that she and her husband had limited funds to pay for his bail and Circuit Judge Kenneth Lester ultimately allowed Zimmerman to be released on a $150,000 bond. Several days later, however, Zimmerman's attorney acknowledged that his client had raised more than $200,000 from a website, a sum that was not disclosed during the bond hearing. (Prosecutors say the PayPal account in question had about $135,000 in it at the time of the hearing, according to the Associated Press.)

Zimmerman's defense has argued that its failure to alert the court to that account was simply an innocent misunderstanding, but the prosecution successfully convinced the judge that it was intentionally hidden. "The court was led to believe that they didn't have a single penny," said prosecutor Bernie De La Rionda. "If this wasn't relevant to bond then why did they lie about it? I don't know what other words to use besides that it was a blatant lie."

ABC News reports that during Friday's hearing the prosecution also aired recordings of a cryptic conversation Zimmerman had with his wife earlier this year during which the couple appears to be talking in code about his possession of a second passport, which he secured roughly two weeks after he shot and killed Martin. The AP notes, however, that concern was dismissed by the judge "as the equivalent of someone who has lost a driver's license, applies for a new one and then finds the old driver's license."

http://slatest.slate.com/posts/2012/06/01/george_zimmerman_trayvon_martin_fla_judge_revokes_zimmerman_s_bail_.html

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Not a good move when much of his defense is going to rest heavily on his credibility. bad move, Zimmy.

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With all due respect to the judge, I'm rather appalled that he dismissed the passport issue as being equivalent to a lost driver's license. You don't *need* a passport in everyday life like you need a driver's license. You *do* need a passport to leave the country. Does this judge really think that, two weeks after Zimmerman shot Martin, he lost his passport and simply felt the need to replace it ASAP? Really? Zimmerman had to have known full well that he'd have to surrender his passport in order to make bond, isn't that pretty common knowledge among most adults who watch any amount of news or reality TV? I'll bet he knew that a lost passport would be placed on a watch list, so he figured if he was able to order a "replacement" and turn the old one in, he might be able to leave the country without drawing attention. It's going to be interesting to see if he turns himself in within 48 hours, since his lawyers have said multiple times that they don't know where he is.

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"Spacers" wrote:

With all due respect to the judge, I'm rather appalled that he dismissed the passport issue as being equivalent to a lost driver's license. You don't *need* a passport in everyday life like you need a driver's license. You *do* need a passport to leave the country. Does this judge really think that, two weeks after Zimmerman shot Martin, he lost his passport and simply felt the need to replace it ASAP?

The article I read said he lost his passport in 2004. Either way a passport is pretty important.

Either way it is stupid to lie to a judge about anything.

Question: could he be charged with purgery regarding the bail money. Was he under oath? (not sure all the ins and outs of the American legal system)

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Stupid move. With all the heat on this case, you'd think he'd want to be 100% truthful to avoid any further issue added to the case.

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What is the debate?