Judge may adjust Zimmerman's bond after site raises $200K
New details on donations to suspect under consideration
- Duration 5:54
- Date Apr 27, 2012
New details on donations to suspect under consideration
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It's a Florida judge is considering raising or even revoking bond.
For the suspected killer George -- after learning new details about his finances.
Zimmerman is the self proclaimed that neighborhood watch men accused of fatally shooting an unarmed teenager named -- -- on Martin back in February.
Last week the shooters family members testified they had little money to help -- bond.
And the judge as a result set bond at a 150000 dollars far less than a million which prosecutors were seeking.
What the judge did not know at the time was that donations had been pouring in to a website that the shooter created for his own defense.
-- government's lawyer said today he just found out about it too.
At the time he was before you there was about a 150 or so thousand dollars still getting news sites are now available.
For whatever purposes.
Family members -- present -- that they had money when in truth.
It really did so they did it intentionally or what took so I would -- that there's change in terms -- regarding -- not -- Ask the court to consider possibly -- -- Arguments on both sides the judge has yet to decide Steve -- in -- Florida newsroom.
By George Zimmermann is out and free is there what is the likelihood -- you estimates that that might change.
We'll separate some they could change most likely that bond could go up right now Martin's family though is pushing for stronger actions they say Zimmerman -- -- to the core when he said he had no money.
-- his bond should be revoked he should be thrown back in jail.
Sermons attorney said most of the 151000 dollars that was put down for sermons bond.
Came not from web funds but from family members including -- motherly one point said she would put a mortgage on her house if necessary shepherd.
The -- that the case files on this this thing or are all sealed.
But Florida has very bright sunshine laws and media organizations are asking to take a look at.
That's right they're fighting for the documents in these criminal case a second degree murder case.
And right now the judge is saying that they will be released most likely on a case by case basis.
There are real concerns especially over potential witnesses that if their names and addresses are made public they could face threats and perhaps even violence.
The judge also said as of now there will be no gag order on either side.
The -- attorney was arguing against a gag order that would prevent him from talking to media.
He said it would be wrong to use either side and was now he says the most important legal case in the United States -- -- Steve Harrigan in our Florida newsroom.
Steve thanks to -- the lawyers on this the most important case in the United States well.
Arthur a dollar and he's Eleanor here Florida's sunshine lost their freedom of information laws.
Are some of the best in the nation if you're one who believes information should be free and out there.
And the chances that this could happen.
In your estimation are good.
-- -- I judge it is basing your decision on bell based on I was talking about getting all the information from the case files right now we'll get debate.
-- Did it's written in black and white there -- procedures that the judge had -- totally in the judge's discretion what to turn over to.
That the public it's only judges discretion to have a gag order which is what the prosecutor wants and what he's saying -- the defense attorney I think he's exaggerating -- that's my opinion.
Does -- most important.
Case in this country well everybody in the world every -- that's a lawyer I've heard you say crap like that and how did -- everything is the most important dates in the Colorado world.
-- judges telling them listen.
Right now I'm gonna let the defense attorneys say what he needs to save it gets to a point where these prejudicing the procedures.
I'll stop Troy -- and it okay first of all as I understand that the -- -- decided number one no gag order.
And number two press is going to have access because in this country we want transparency in the courtroom.
So is far is that aspect of it goes everything is fair -- the judges found no reason.
At this point to believe that the lawyers are going to do anything to in fact the -- do anything else inappropriate -- regard the case all right.
Mitt -- the matter at hand really is over whether the bail ought to go up.
He told the court I don't have any money which technically was true but now -- more than 200000 dollars in -- that's coming to this website this save George Zimmermann the shooter of the child -- -- So I mean he did he does have money.
He delegates ought to the court -- all -- family members who just buy through that conference call they all said the same thing about old about the mortgage a home a judge.
Bases -- decision on the facts before him.
I'll give you an exaggeration -- what you found nothing oh by the way judge I didn't know we had a private plane we just want to bring that.
But if a private plane which means you can -- he got a lot more money to disappear with now so I think the judge is gonna seriously take into consideration whether he might raises the back.
-- A change in circumstances as we heard the prosecutor discussed has nothing to do with finding out that a defendant has more money.
Because the bottom line is.
-- being set has nothing to do -- one's ability to pay.
A judge in Florida looks at ten factories and catch so basically are you going to come back to -- when you're supposed to -- and are you a danger.
Had immunity challenge and you tell me how much money the guy has does not affect whether it.
-- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Only -- that's not what.
Well you know -- you know there are no and the jobs gone out and now look what happened there.
What else there the -- -- aside from the fact that he -- people sorry we made a mistake early on -- and if you can't help all of that was the that was ridiculous but that was certainly wish.
The only show that he was fully into guarantees the -- have around six weeks as dinner but not at the same time and what you have someone -- You salad looks like as I said -- -- against within your leg and well at least everybody knows -- -- -- this -- brother.
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