Judge Sets Bail For George Zimmerman At $1 Million Saying Zimmerman Manipulated System
Sanford, Fla. -
George Zimmerman's new bail has been set at $1 million in a ruling today in which the judge said Zimmerman was manipulating the system and that he understood the law since he has previously studied it and his father was a magistrate.
Zimmerman's bail was revoked previously after prosecutors argued that Zimmerman and his wife lied to the court about their finances by failing to disclose the roughly $200,000 in donations Zimmerman has received on his website via PayPal.
It is unclear how soon Zimmerman can post bond and get otu of jail, he would need to come up with $100,000 and find a bailbonds agency willing to risk the difference to bail him out of te Seminole County Jail.
The judge's order said that the new $1 million bond was not a punishment but an amount that assured the court that Zimmerman would not abscond. Zimmerman has the funds to pay for his release, the court said.
Prosecutors had asked for bond to be denied, or else for it to be set at $1 million.
In his ruling, Judge Kenneth Lester said, "The court has, thus far, declined to exercise its contempt powers and the state failed to prove that the defendant be held without bond," the order said.
The order said the evidence shows that Zimmerman and his wife acted together to conceal their cash holdings during the original bond hearing.
"Under any definition, the defendant has flaunted the system," the order said. "The defendant has tried to manipulate the system when he has been presented the opportunity to do so."
The judge added that with Zimmerman's secret passport, he and his wife could have fled the country with $130,000 of other people's money meant for good-will and his defense.
FOX News commentator Sean Hannity made controversial comments after the ruling in saying "No black teenager's life is worth $1 million dollars." He went on to express his outrage at how high the bail has been set for Zimmerman.