How George Zimmerman's Lawyers Got Exactly What They Wanted
1 year ago
The family won't have to pay $150k to get Zimmerman out of jail
The case has already been a cause of racial tension, and that is likely to continue throughout the duration of the trial.
Martin's family and supporters are already enraged by the fact that Zimmerman was not arrested the night he shot Martin, and now they have more to be upset about as Zimmerman will be released from jail after serving just over weeks inside. Rev. Al Sharpton, who has played a key role in the family's pursuit of justice, has released a statement saying that he felt the judge had grounds to deny the bond.
Zimmerman's legal team asked that the bond be set at $15,000, an outrageously low amount given the nature of the case and that he is being charged with 2nd Degree murder. In return the prosecution requested either no bond be granted or that it be set at $1 million, also mentioning that "he killed somebody."
The judge set the bond at $150,000. Though little is known about what Zimmerman does for a living or his personal financial status, today's testimony from Zimmerman's family made it clear that they would have difficulty paying the $150,000 cash bond.
However, in the state of Florida people are allowed to pay 10% of the bail to a bondsman who will in turn post the entire amount under the agreement that the individual show up to every court proceeding and adhere to whatever rules and guidelines are set.
So essentially, Zimmerman and his lawyers got exactly what they wanted, $15,000 bail. Which they will post, with Zimmerman being freed under conditions of electronic monitoring, strict curfew, not being allowed to carry firearms and few other stipulations.