#GZtrial: Zimmerman to ask state of Florida to take care of up to $300k in legal bills

Posted by: ST on August 27, 2013 at 11:47 am

Via the Orlando Sentinel (hat tip):

George Zimmerman, the Neighborhood Watch volunteer who killed Trayvon Martin, plans to ask the state of Florida to cover $200,000 to $300,000 of his legal expenses, his attorney told the Orlando Sentinel Monday evening.

Because Zimmerman was acquitted, state law requires Florida to pay all his legal costs, minus the biggest one: the fee that goes to his lawyers.

That includes the cost of expert witnesses, travel, depositions, photocopies, even that animated 3-D video that defense attorneys showed jurors during closing argument that depicts Trayvon punching Zimmerman.

Defense attorney Mark O’Mara said Monday that he would soon prepare a motion, asking Circuit Judge Debra S. Nelson to authorize the payments.

That motion, he said, “is in the works.”

His office is still collecting numbers, he said, but he estimated the request would total $200,000 to $300,000.

That would be on top of the estimated $902,000 that public agencies already have spent on Zimmerman’s five-week second-degree murder trial that ended July 13.

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For months leading up to the trial, Zimmerman lived in hiding, had no job and lived off donations to his legal defense fund. At one point, he tried to solicit donations by promising each donor a handwritten, signed thank-you note.

Several times in the months leading up to the trial, O’Mara said that defense funds were so low he might be forced to ask the judge to declare Zimmerman indigent, and thus, require the state to pay his legal bills. But that never happened.

This upcoming motion, however, would have the same effect.

It would be based on Florida Statute 939.06, which states that a defendant who has been acquitted is not liable for any costs associated with his case and, if he or she paid anything, they would be due a refund, if approved by a judge or clerk.

The money would come from the Judicial Administrative Commission, the state agency that pays the non-lawyer legal expenses of indigent defendants.

I hope the state of Florida has to pony up every single penny Mr. Zimmerman – via his attorneys –  requests. And then some.

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10 Responses to “#GZtrial: Zimmerman to ask state of Florida to take care of up to $300k in legal bills”

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  1. Tex says:

    Send the bill to those who are responsible for forcing the trial to begin with with their race baiting – CNN, ABC, MSNBC, NYT, Al Sharpton, Congressional Black Caucus, Democratic Party, etc. etc.

  2. Phineas says:

    I hope the state of Florida has to pony up every single penny Mr. Zimmerman – via his attorneys – requests. And then some.

    +1

  3. arcman46 says:

    I agree with Tex. Since Sharpton, the CBC, Democrat Party, etal, railroaded Zimmerman; and the State of Florida broke every kind of procedure to put him on trial. In effect having a prosecutor that was looking out for her own career move, and not taking the (lack of) evidence to a grand jury; everyone of the “guilty” parties should participate in paying his legal bills. They should also be responsible for paying damages.

  4. Drew the Infidel says:

    Add me to the chorus. Every one of the opportunistic race-baiting hate mongers that stirred this mess should be sued for what Zimmerman has had to endure. Remember Richard Jewell?

    The concomitant attacks on “stand your ground” laws, which the defense never entertained, and concealed carry laws shows how seriously and deliriously the left attacks the Constitution. My Second Amendment right the Constitution says I have to lawfully carry a weapon trumps anyone else’s First Amendment right to say it ain’t so.

  5. Carlos says:

    And don’t forget our Race-baiter-in-Chief, and his reliable suck-up, Mr. My People, who put more pressure on Florida officials than Big Al and Jackass Jackson ever could.

    It’s amazing Mr. My People could find the time to exploit this whole mess as much as he did/does, but can’t find the time to order minions to find the papers/documents Congress asked for two years ago…

  6. Great White Rat says:

    I’m with you all, especially Carlos. If anything, the state of Florida should be less responsible for those fees than the federal officials who pushed the state into this unnecessary trial.

    Maybe Obama can foot the bill. All he’d have to do is cut his next vacation short by a day. Or bring the dog on his plane instead of on a separate flight.

  7. ST says:

    GWR wrote:

    I’m with you all, especially Carlos. If anything, the state of Florida should be less responsible for those fees than the federal officials who pushed the state into this unnecessary trial.

    I disagree. The state of FL might have been “pushed” into going further with this due to outside pressures, but Ms. Corey opted out of having a grand jury decide whether this case should go to trial and decided on her own to go for charges she KNEW were bogus. Had she gone with a grand jury review, the trial likely wouldn’t have happened. This is just as much on FL as it is on the Feds, media, etc.

  8. ST says:

    Carlos wrote:

    It’s amazing Mr. My People could find the time to exploit this whole mess as much as he did/does, but can’t find the time to order minions to find the papers/documents Congress asked for two years ago…

    RACIST! ;)

  9. Carlos says:

    Of course it was racist, ST, just like the congressional requests.

    My point, ST, wasn’t that the state of Florida shouldn’t be held responsible, but that the feds are equally responsible.

    Whatever. Centuries from now historians will look at what’s happening in this country now and shake their heads, and use it as the perfect example of how a country can self-destruct with the soothing, siren song of “coming together” and getting into “racial dialogue.”

  10. Great White Rat says:

    ST says:

    The state of FL might have been “pushed” into going further with this due to outside pressures, but Ms. Corey opted out of having a grand jury decide whether this case should go to trial and decided on her own to go for charges she KNEW were bogus.

    Point well taken. Who knows how much pressure or what kind of pressure was placed on Corey to seek the indictment, but she should have had the integrity not to knuckle under to it.