Judge weighs whether to give George Zimmerman bond
Legal panel weighs in on the case
- Duration 9:01
- Date Jun 29, 2012
Legal panel weighs in on the case
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Kelly scores back -- -- on the docket today new developments in the George Zimmerman -- on -- murder trial I hearing wrapping up about an hour ago.
Over whether to release George Zimmerman on bond.
The judge not saying when he'll make a decision suggesting that he needs time to weigh the evidence for now Zimmerman remains in jail.
His bond was revoked and -- earlier this month when prosecutors told the judge that Zimmerman and his wife misled the court at the first bond hearing about how much money they had in the bank.
He's charged with second degree murder in the shooting death of seventeen year old -- on Martin back in February.
-- many claims he shot the teen in self defense prosecution says he created a website for his legal defense that raised almost a 150000 dollars.
And failed to mention that the first bond hearing.
But it was the focus in the courtroom today where Zimmerman hope to convince the judge he won't lie again.
The attorneys -- the financial forensic specialist about the money trail listen.
So -- from George they're meant to me is why.
To his sister then from his sister and his wife back to George Zimmerman and then eventually transferred to -- -- whatever trusted setup right yes sir okay.
Wouldn't you agree that.
The transfer funds and use it or else preferably yeah.
Was -- to -- leave some important.
-- person at that time.
Owens is to mislead him and have I would say estimate to make it appear -- -- didn't have the money.
And then joining me now John -- -- -- former prosecutor now defense attorney and -- prank people who is a defense attorney.
So -- and the prosecution there are trying to make the case that mr.
Zimmerman and his wife misled the court the first bond hearing about how much money they had in the bank.
And he's trying to make it the case to the judge that.
Zimmerman cannot be trusted and should not you for the privilege of released pending trial -- to get the job done.
Well I I think he could've gotten the job done without without any testimony from this financial consultant.
I mean -- I don't know what our court systems have come to when a defense lawyers allowed to bring -- -- financial forensic consultant to try to explain perjury.
I mean to me it's clear that mr.
Zimmerman committed perjury that the initial bond hearing and I don't think there's anything he could have done today to rehabilitate himself so the answer is.
He didn't rehabilitate himself and I think bring on this expert makes a mockery.
Of our court system I really do John and probably a common sense that -- common sense and courtroom.
The prosecution was merciless on Zimmerman today talking about the what they believe was -- blatantly misleading testimony that his wife offered at the first bond hearing about their absence of finances.
Here's just a bit of that control it was a sound byte number seven if we have it.
-- just wasn't a lady walked out of the street it was a lady who was.
And wanted to mislead the court in terms of the amount of money that they had.
They applied to the court -- told the -- that they were injured when in fact they had over 130000.
And so I would request that the court.
He just -- -- no bond.
Because now you just don't have him committing a crime.
In terms of what the status had been charged with you now they've had a -- to the court threw his wife so that becomes a more egregious set of facts.
That makes this a more.
Incident for crime and therefore I would ask the court to continued to.
Had his bond revoked and keep my mobile.
-- Make -- in law school when our professors used to say that something was a red Herring.
That's what this entire bond hearing it it's not to do about nothing.
-- his money this -- was not set up so that Jordan Zimmerman could leave the country it wouldn't set up to that he did violate his bond it was set up.
So that the guy cannot afford to have a trial and higher by the council and it -- The money is in a third party hands.
Right now he did not had access to.
Nothing now that's he's not flight risk he know weren't that's not diminishing any Benny was when the judge originally set -- behind let that guy defending south Hebron.
That's not the issue John on the issue -- -- -- -- can be trusted he locked he lied at the he lied and inspired a little commit perjury at the -- bond you're the only issue today.
Should have been is -- a flight risk and an end it and he clearly is -- a flight -- as well.
He's clearly if players used as our -- why split on he -- have now been hiding it I hear is -- here -- how his defense lawyer tried to frame that the issue before the judge today this is -- and -- Basically yes you.
-- Can tell you the truth about the money.
And I'm asking not to require that he now spend the next year in jail for a crime.
That now do you have a better player for the evidence.
He may well happen affirmative defense of self defense for.
And that he may well never get convicted bijur -- -- -- the state has proven.
This primary crime beyond.
I'll ask you not to punish him.
Anymore they have.
For the fact that they do not trust you to give off if you will the only money that they had until four days later.
-- That's the question -- should Zimmerman have to spend essentially the next year in jail.
Because as his lawyer admits he was not truthful with the court at the first bond hearing.
And his lawyer makes a really good point.
Putting him back in -- was for punishment purposes.
The judges made the point and and because this almost got to be another on -- wrote we hear even more evidence.
How does -- Zimmerman may -- that's an excellent point if he's not gonna get convicted of murder at the end of the day -- good chance he won't.
Why did he rot in jail while he's defending himself.
I had -- point.
He should -- for the next year until the trial because he had an opportunity under oath at the initial bond hearing.
To tell the truth the courts look at your finances are you able to pay a bond he lied in court about that.
This would send a terrible message across the country to any defendant who wants to walk -- -- courtroom.
And lie in front of -- judge under I want it later on say.
I don't problem will let you go for any carry this over after the break -- second -- I wanna play that did viewers and sound of the defense suggesting trade -- -- was killed because of his own doing that's next.
I don't make quite a bit when I say that if mr.
-- who was -- Because he had broken somebody's nose.
And it got him on the ground and it smashed his head against.
They cement walk way.
At least twice and if you look closely at the video.
Maybe some other -- because the side of his head looks great as -- went up against sandy cement.
He got shot and he was killed because of his own doing.
And there we got a little preview John of how this is gonna play out when they go either to this hearing on self defense.
And stand your ground or before a jury.
Exactly and that is the very nature of the defense mister America just laid it out there -- and and that's going to be the issue here and if it does if it doesn't pass -- going to be the issue at trial.
And yet that the defense I mean the prosecution got up there as well Brian and have their say as follows with some here.
Call that he called -- that none of -- he's ball they told to back off pretty good bat he didn't -- -- that this person.
He takes him down.
-- contention is that he's the aggressor.
That a person who actually have self defense agency victim -- Wal-Mart.
Very here the prosecution saying in their belief they plan to prove that he ran after trade on -- that he did not listen and I'm 11 operator.
And that he is the one who started the confrontation.
-- and that's the case the 911 tape in this case is gonna seal the deal with the prosecutor's got to do Florida.
She's got to reduce these charges from second degree murder to manslaughter she's gonna trouble with second degree murder she -- and -- what's called it.
There is where it would requires let's -- a depraved mind.
We know there was a scuffle say he should not -- -- -- that.
Well what she can prove is that it was manslaughter because it's due to.
-- as reckless conduct his reckless conduct here is just what the prosecutor said.
He Zimmerman did not heed the order from a 911 dispatch operator to not.
Trade body are gonna be little tension while it -- I gotta -- that I -- definitely they've -- second -- John does the jury get charged manslaughter.
It without a not something else happening.
I think today well manslaughter will be a lesser included as we say and so at the end of at the end of the day he'll probably be convicted of that even if -- goes up -- -- we shall see our panel thank you so much we'll be right back.