ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - Using words like "false testimony" and "misled," a judge granted $1 million bail Thursday for neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman, but questioned his honesty and suggested he had plotted to leave the country when he was out of jail the first time.Circuit Judge Kenneth Lester referred to Zimmerman with words like "conceal" and "flee" more than a dozen times in an eight-page order that lets him out of jail while he awaits his second-degree murder trial in the shooting of Trayvon Martin.
Zimmerman has been acting like he *wants* to go to jail over this, between this latest brouhaha over his money situation to his call to Sean Hannity. Now it looks like he has sufficiently angered the judge presiding over the case that he's endangered his very defense. When it boils down to your word against the prosecution, and you've been caught lying and talking in code, that's a big hill to climb to prove you were truthful before.
I think when this case is reviewed in the future, it's going to be seen as a case study for what not to do - on all sides. The opponents of concealed carry and "Stand Your Ground" laws were quick to jump on angelic little Trayvon Martin, brutally murdered by a racist cop wanna-be on his way back from getting candy at a convenience store. Except, of course, that he was on suspension from school for dealing drugs and taking things what didn't belong to him, and had been shipped out of town to get away from his hoodlum friends.
And George Zimmerman. Defense attorneys and Second Amendment lawyers will be busy for decades teaching Zimmerman's case as how not to do things. Keep quiet. Ask for your attorney. Let said attorney do your talking. Don't contact talk show hosts. Don't mislead the court about your money situation - while he might have gotten hit with high bail had the full extent of his finances been known, now he's in danger of going up on murder one. Should have taken the money hit, George.
And the media. We know they'll never learn, because they were too busy sensationalizing and pushing an anti-gun, anti-self defense agenda to even attempt to get the facts of the story. From misrepresenting Zimmerman's 911 call to publishing the names and addresses of his family, the media has been a willing accomplice in the lynching of George Zimmerman. It was their good fortune that he seemed content to help them out.
If he manages to get out of this without a long stint in jail I'd be surprised - and through no small doing on his part.
That is all.
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