Zimmerman Attorney Bail
April 12, 2012 by staff
Zimmerman Attorney Bail, The attorney for George Zimmerman plans to ask a judge as early as Thursday to allow the neighborhood watch volunteer charged with killing an unarmed, black teen to post bond — though he believes it will be difficult.
“My hope is that the judge will grant a bond, and that it’ll be a bond that the family can make,” attorney Mark O’Mara said Wednesday. “They are not a family of means. So that’s going to be difficult to begin with, and that conditions are that you stay local, I think that may be difficult.”
“I think nobody would deny the fact if George Zimmerman is walking down the street today, he would be at risk,” he said.
Zimmerman, 28, who had been in hiding, turned himself in Wednesday after authorities said they will charge him with second-degree murder in the February 26 shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.
The charge against Zimmerman marks a turning point in a case that triggered a nationwide debate about racial profiling in America and about Florida’s “stand your ground” law — which allows people to use deadly force anywhere they feel a reasonable threat of death or serious injury.
O’Mara said Zimmerman, who will plead not guilty, is worried about getting a fair trial in Sanford — where thousands have converged to join in protests calling for his arrest and decrying the police department’s handling of the case.
“We simply wanted an arrest; we wanted nothing more, nothing less,” said Martin’s mother, Sybrina Fulton, said Wednesday.
Forty-six days after the shooting, a special prosecutor assigned to the case announced the charge against Zimmerman on Wednesday.
During that time, the calls for “Justice for Trayvon” had grown louder and louder, with Martin’s supporters taking to the streets and to the web.
Prosecutor Angela Corey said whether the case is decided by a judge or jury, “I can assure they will only get the relevant, admissible evidence on which can then base their decisions.”
“Let me emphasize that we do not prosecute by pressure or petition. We prosecute cases based on the relevant fact of each case and on the laws of the state of Florida,” said Corey, who has a reputation for taking on tough, controversial cases in the three counties that make up the 4th Judicial Circuit.
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Prosecutors usually level a second-degree murder charge when they accuse someone of a killing that is not premeditated or planned. It carries a maximum sentence of life in prison.
In severity, the charge falls between first-degree — when a person is accused of killing someone deliberately — and manslaughter, when an act results in an unintended death.
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