Breaking: Judge Revokes George Zimmerman’s Bond

Judge Kenneth Lester

A short time ago, Florida Circuit Court Judge Kenneth Lester revoked accused murderer George Zimmerman’s bond and ordered him to surrender himself to authorities within 48 hours, because he lied about his financial resources. The prosecution also revealed that Zimmerman had failed to turn over a second passport that was in his possession, but the judge didn’t include that in his reasons for revocation of bail. The defense says it’s all “just an innocent misunderstanding.” New York Newsday:

Prosecutors said in a motion that 28-year-old George Zimmerman and his family misled them about his finances when testifying during a bail hearing that allowed him to be released from jail on a $150,000 bond. Prosecutor Bernie De la Rionda asked for the revocation during a hearing to help determine if prosecutors and the defense can stop the public release of certain documents in the case.

During the bond hearing in April, Zimmerman’s relatives testified they had limited funds. Zimmerman’s attorney said several days later that he had discovered his client had raised more than $200,000 from a website. At the time of the hearing, about $135,000 had been raised, and that money wasn’t disclosed at the bond hearing.

“This court was led to believe they didn’t have a single penny,” said Prosecutor Bernie De la Rionda. “It was misleading and I don’t know what words to use other than it was a blatant lie.” ….

Prosecutors also said in the motion that Zimmerman didn’t disclose he had a second passport. Zimmerman turned his passport over to the court at the bond hearing as a measure that would prevent him from fleeing the country.

I’ll update if I get any more information.

UPDATE 1: According to the Miami Herald,

Prosecutors said they have recordings of phone conversations between Zimmerman and his wife while Zimmerman was in jail in which they discussed moving money from a PayPal account set up to collect money for Zimmerman’s defense. But Zimmerman’s wife testified at her husband’s bond hearing that she was unaware of any additional money available for her husband’s defense — what prosecutors now call a lie.

Um… yep, that’s a lie alright.

UPDATE 2: According to ABC News, Zimmerman and his wife also talked on the phone about the second passport he had in a safe deposit box.

In recordings of conversations released today during a court hearing, Zimmerman and his wife, Shelly Zimmerman, cryptically talk about his second passport in a safety deposit box they shared.

Although one of his passports was due to expire in May, prosecutors said today, Zimmerman applied for a second passport, informing the State Department that the original had been lost lost or stolen.

In some of the phone calls between the two, she is at a credit union that was linked to his PayPal account and speaking to a teller. The prosecution said that despite being in jail, Zimmerman was “intimately involved in the deposit and transfer of money into various accounts.”

In certain cases, Bail Bonds in Mesa, AZ will be expected to be exchanged for the Bonds dispersed by that institution; this is in addition to the required initial payment.

In the conversations Zimmerman and his wife speak in code — reducing the amounts in their financial accounts by a factor of 1,000. Prosecutors said the couple knew that their jailhouse conversations were likely being recorded.

Zimmerman had $135,000 in his bank account on the day of his bond hearing, when his entire family claimed he was broke. Wow! Are they ever stupid.

35 Comments on “Breaking: Judge Revokes George Zimmerman’s Bond”

  1. bostonboomer says:

    The article also says that Zimmerman’s attorney Mark O’Mara still hasn’t decided whether to file for a stand-your-ground hearing. He doesn’t expect the trial to start before next year. It would be funny (IMO) if Zimmerman has to stay in jail till then.

    • dakinikat says:

      I sure wouldn’t want Zimmerman for a client. The guy’s got all kinds of issues.

    • I just got back online and saw this BB, I thought this was interesting.
      They revoked the bond because of the false representation of funds and because he lied about the second passport. The man is a liar and like Dak says he has problems.

      • bostonboomer says:

        The passport wasn’t an issue in the judge’s decision. It was just lying about the money. I wonder if the wife will be charged?

  2. dakinikat says:

    Dissenting Justice
    BREAKING NEWS IN TRAYVON MARTIN CASE: JUDGE REVOKES ZIMMERMAN’S BAIL. Prosecutor filed a motion to revoke bail – Zimmerman lied about the money he got from PayPal and convinced his ex-wife to lie as well. He also gave the government a passport he reported lost — and maintained the replacement. Looks very bad for his credibility. The prosecutor has just scored a big victory. — I got this news from Jeff Weiner, of Orlando Sentinel

  3. dakinikat says:

    This Orlando sentinel reporter is sending out the latest tweets:!/JeffWeinerOS

  4. bostonboomer says:

    This is the same judge Zimmerman will have to convince if he goes to the stand your ground hearing.

    Karma works in mysterious ways…..

  5. bostonboomer says:

    According to Vinnie Politan, the judge was “livid!”

  6. bostonboomer says:

    Zimmerman and his wife had 4-5 conversations while he was in jail in which they discussed hiding the money.

    How stupid can you get?

    • Seriously says:

      *snickers* Apparently, the PD groupie just thought he was soooooo clever. Call the Navajo, get AlanTuring on the line, no one will ever be able to penetrate the fog of his uncrackable code.

    • Good, I am glad they have proof of just how deceiving he is and that he is a lying asshole, like we all thought he was.

    • janey says:

      I would say how evil can you get? Kill someone and then try to make money off of it? Sure enough they would claim poverty later and ask for more donations. Makes me want to throw up!!

  7. bostonboomer says:

    Apparently the judge has also decided to release the rest of the discovery to the public after he goes through it one more time to be sure.

  8. bostonboomer says:

    Richard Land, Southern Baptist radio host, has lost his show because of racist remarks he made about the Trayvon Martin case.,0,5410567.story

    • I’ve noticed that the people who were so supportive of Zimmerman have been quiet…

      • m1 says:

        of course they are .especially on mediaite where they talked about so much pro zimerman reports. ms. minkoff i also enjoyed your 3 cases 2 arrests which really showed the racial hypocracy of florida’s stand your ground law when it comes to a person who is classified as white and when a person is classified as black. i applaud this judges decision to revoke his quote bill maher” doesn’t this prove that george zimmerman is a big fat fucking liar” YES THIS DOES.

      • And…absolutely no mention on Drudge…

  9. mjames says:

    I see this as severely damaging to Z’s credibility. I mean, it looks like he lied under oath, under direct questioning in a bail hearing on his ability to flee the jurisdiction; that is, he claimed he was surrendering his passport and he had no money and, therefore, there was no risk of flight. Whether he claimed this personally or through a family member or his attorney makes no difference. By his silence, he confirmed the lies told by others.

    Perhaps there will be some viable explanation, but, for me (and I’d bet for the court and for a lot of jurors), lie to me once, I’ll never believe a word you say again.

    I’m stunned (and I am one who believes, on the evidence currently available, that TM did in fact break Z’s nose and bang his head on the ground). Z must take the stand if he is asserting self-defense, yet he (and his wife) already lied under oath, so taking an oath clearly means nothing to him. Jury instructions generally let the jury know that, if it finds a witness to be a liar, it can disregard all of that witness’s testimony.

    I’m stunned, not only at his stupidity, but at the ease with which he lies – even to the court! I do not envy his lawyer. Not having control of a client is an attorney’s worst nightmare.

    • bostonboomer says:

      He actually already lied under oath during his bond hearing when he claim he thought Trayvon was his (Zimmerman’s) age. He also told lies in his statements to police, according to investigators. There’s simply no way if that his head had been pounded on concrete he would have such superficial injuries (one 1-inch cut). It’s much more likely that he fell on something in the grass and cut himself–perhaps his own flashlight?

      • NW Luna says:

        The photos of the front and back of his head are not consistent with broken nose nor head pounded on concrete. Especially with that skinhead shaved-head hairstyle that shows everything.

  10. Mari says:

    This case has nothing to see with “Stand your ground law”
    TM had proof of legally temporary residence in the gated neighborhood.
    TM didn’t start the atack or fight. He had a very inocent reason to be at that time outside and walking back to his temporary house. There is plenty of evidence. Therfore he is the only one who could had pleaded self defense.

    First of all,, profile TM from the very beginning and at certain distance from him. What an “eagle eye”
    He abuse power he wasn’t entiled to. He desobey the dispacher’s he was instructed not to follow him. atack TM, provoke him, disrupted his peace and took his life away. TM was just an american teenager. RIP TRAVON MARTIN.


  11. Tim says:

    Emotions aside – the real issue is:

    What specific section(s) of Florida’s criminal code did Zimmerman allegedly violate which would serve as cause for revocation of bail??

    I’ve read the code, and the primary purpose of bail (surety that the defendent appears in court) is not the issue here, the judge is just pissed that GZ and/or his family didn’t disclose the defense funds raised from his web-site, a site which was very much public knowledge.

    IF Zimmerman lied under oath, that would be grounds for a perjury charge – but to revoke bail because a judge is mad that they didn’t impose a larger bond amount on someone is NOT legal grounds for revoking bail! If I’m wrong here – please show me where.

    It seems the judge is acting outside of his judicial scope here and just reacting in anger. He may have every right to be angry, and Zimmerman’s credibility may indeed be largely gone now, but those factors do not – on their own – according to Florida’s criminal code, provide legal grounds for revoking bail or denying bail in the future.