I hate to see this happen folks, but in this hearing the state set the defense up for a tactical trap, and because George And Shelly had lied to the court, and allowed their attorney Mark O’Mara to be in the dark, they set themselves up for this. There is no doubt when you look at the state’s evidence presented to Judge Lester that George and Shelly Zimmerman specifically engaged in an act of deception. They lied; and not only did they lie to the court, but they compromised their attorney by misleading him too.
The Transcript from the original April 20th Bond Hearing is HERE pdf
The Motion to revoke the BOND is HERE pdf Which also includes the transcripts from the phone calls between George and Shelly, and the State’s proof of their specific and intentional collusion to lie to the court, including their credit union bank statements from April 19th (the day before the bond hearing) where they show the Zimmerman’s had specific access to to $135,000 + in funds.
Judge Lester Revokes bail… and explains.
Bernie De la Rionda Calls Shelly Zimmerman a LIAR.
[…] At Friday’s court hearing, De la Rionda and O’Mara also asked a judge to stop the public release of witness names and statements made by Zimmerman to police officers. Those documents normally are part of the public record under Florida law.
“What’s occurring, unfortunately, are cases are being tried in the public sector as opposed to in the courtroom,” De La Rionda said. “We are in a new age with Twitter, Facebook, and all these things I’ve never heard of before in my career. Everybody gets to find out intimate details about witnesses that never occurred before. Witnesses are going to be reluctant to get involved.”
A consortium of more than a dozen media group asked the judge to ignore the request, saying such records are presumed to be publicly available under Florida law.
Rachel Fugate, an attorney for the Orlando Sentinel, cited the Casey Anthony trial as an example of a highly publicized case in which a jury was able to be seated despite intense media coverage. The Florida mother was acquitted last year of killing her 2-year-old daughter.
“Discovery in Florida has traditionally been open … and Florida hasn’t encountered problems seating juries and giving defendants fair trials,” Fugate said.
O’Mara said Friday on a website that he doesn’t expect the case to be ready for trial until next year.
O’Mara said he expects to call on 50 witnesses who need to be deposed before he decides whether to file a “stand your ground” motion which would ask for a hearing before a judge without a jury. At the hearing, Zimmerman would argue self-defense under the Florida law which gives wide latitude to use deadly force rather than retreat in a fight if people believe they are in danger of being killed or seriously injured. (article)