New medical records released in George Zimmerman case
Legal panel weighs in on the case
- Duration 8:01
- Date Jul 5, 2012
Legal panel weighs in on the case
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Tell escorted back in session on the docket today new medical records giving more details about the man accused of killing an unarmed Florida teen.
As a judge just ruled the George Zimmerman can be released from jail on one million dollars bond.
This -- his second bond hearing as he awaits trial on a second degree murder charge in connection with the death of seventeen year old -- -- on Martin.
Zimmerman claims he shot the teen in self defense he was granted bond -- it was revoked after the court found out.
In its judgment he lied to the court about how much money he had in the bank account.
As for the medical records they.
The records documents several injuries to mr.
Zimmerman but also show that the physician's assistant who treated him felt he did not need X rays felt he did not suffer head trauma.
They also show the Zimmerman refused to go to an ear nose and throat specialist even though it was recommended.
And that he sought medical attention because he needed the doctor's note for work.
So where does that leave us turning now to discuss it mark I bush former prosecutor now defense attorney John -- -- more with the same pedigree.
Panel welcome OK so let's just start before we get to that medical records let's talk about the bond hearing today.
Unsure if you on this mark are you surprised that the judge.
Granted him -- I was in the full screen control and who listen to what the judge judge Lester bond just Lester ruled today about your old.
-- there is no record a flight to avoid prosecution.
This court finds that circumstances indicate the defendant was preparing to -- to avoid prosecution but such plans were thwarted.
And and in response to that conclusion mark what does he do.
-- and I've I've read through this order very carefully eight pages long and nowhere does he backed up his claim.
That Zimmerman was going to take off.
I watched the hearing I've read this report I don't see it so factually I do not agree with him.
If he was attempting to flee and there was evidence to support that know -- I don't think that a bond would have been appropriate so there was no evidence of -- It just doesn't whether you -- not gonna judge believed that he was getting ready the judge -- matters at a bonded with the judge believes a judge tells -- he believes his well ready to -- And -- -- -- anyway you can have -- Believability and accuracy are two different things you can believe anything he wants it has to be supported by the evidence.
There's nothing that's supports that that's not true I really it was -- -- not millions too -- and that's what he can post it you can post a 100000 he's gonna have to MySpace not Megan it's going to be difficult I disagree whatever I got a million dollars in collateral.
But they but they represented the court today that he has the funds the court said today that Iran does have the funds vapor has at least I had I don't know for sure that's of course -- You tell me I mean that -- there was evidence that he had.
He surrendered a passport to the court when he had a secret.
Other passport that was valid in a safe deposit box box in addition to tens of thousands of dollars that he didn't disclose to the core I think that's the evidence the -- was.
Referring to that -- -- -- the only two pieces of evidence that that made the judge take the lead that he was getting ready to plea although I personally I don't think he was getting ready to -- even if he weren't -- the judge also imposed in electronic monitoring bracelet.
That's going to prevent him from going anywhere because it's -- -- be -- Probation would know about it -- that problem -- stop and that's probably why the judge that I'm gonna -- and bond now this judge bent over backwards to help masters and here I mean I I think.
A lot of judges.
Cool let's forget whether they believe they have the evidence is -- or not but that whether they have -- are they out he believed he had he believed the guy was getting ready to flee.
And this time process even though I believe that I'm giving you another chance mr.
Zimmerman I mean -- enemy that seems extraordinary.
And pretty come into this judge.
I don't know whether classified ads kind but the judge also post a mother restriction but now Georgian government cannot -- because Downey he's still going to be Johnny and -- -- this enormous.
Behind I don't know if that's kind or whether the judge may have been persuaded a little bet that this is not a slam dunk.
Guilty verdict at the end of the day and there -- what and now let's not get to the heart of the matter now I get to the heart of the matter because.
Is the judge -- the judge may be looking at mr.
Zimmerman is somebody who is not too truthful with him when it came to bond and how much money in the bank.
But that's really a side issue -- and the real question is is he looking at a murderer.
Or isn't he should he put this man who may have told -- bid to the court on bond.
In GL for who knows how long maybe up to a year who knows awaiting trial.
What this Russian.
What this report tells me is that it is more personal with this judge gave him too much credit.
I thought that he can compartmentalize a fact that clearly George Simmons screwed up and conspired with -- -- to hold as much.
Funds as he could for himself to utilized for his defense against the world.
I thought -- can compartmentalize that focus on the issues of risk of flight danger to the community which -- clearly to me is separate.
No I think this order setting a million dollar -- Absent any true evidence a flight I -- reasonable evidence it is trying to flee to me this is punitive.
He's punishing him for what he did in the criminal and to the criminal justice system.
-- -- do you see it that way or do you see the judges saying look even though I think you lied to me.
You talked in code to your wife about how much Dahlia had a -- in the bank account you -- all sorts of finance shifting.
You -- his second pass for the never told the court about as safe deposit box to -- -- awake patch.
You know for -- in a potentially to be used to fleet.
Even though you did all that I'm gonna give me another chance -- -- bonds and may be the theory is not as mark.
Posits it but the theory is despite all that's I'm giving you bond because I'm not necessarily look at that you is a guy was guilty of second degree.
I want to believe that that was the judge's reasoning but also he went on the record instead this is not a punishment because everybody was going to think it was a punishment.
They think the up the bond.
Personally the judge didn't have a choice and he could not come back and think I'm gonna grant the original -- not after all the lies that came through.
In the end hearing prior to -- here exit permit admits it is writer admits he lied right -- he couldn't -- it status -- he had up the -- he did that at and since it's never going to be able to oppose it it sends the message.
But it's the right.
Result OK now let's talk a -- medical records let's talk the medical records okay.
Because now these official black metal right medical records have been release we have heard early reports of them now they've been released and you heard some of the details I offered in the introduction.
On balance -- tell us are these helpful to Zimmerman or not helpful.
I think it's right down the middle and I don't think it's gonna have any impact on the case I'll tell you why.
She we have 888 -- physician's assistant testifying that.
That the nose was fractured.
But there was no deviated sectors up themselves seated need -- taken -- for X rays.
But clearly have evidence now that there is a broken nose that there was bruising to the face consistent with a broken -- what troubles me is that.
This physicians assistants looking at his head saying that there's -- head trauma.
Clearly we know their work cut to the had been had to -- means something deeper than that and so I think that I don't think either side's gonna put this witness on.
That's not -- -- -- and medical degree or physician's assistant education to look at these pictures and say he battled head trauma.
Didn't exactly but George -- theory is my head was being pounded repeatedly into the cement.
Did medical records show that that's not really consistent with up pounding that -- had two small lacerations not requiring -- -- But there are a couple other interesting things in the report mega number one they -- -- Zimmerman as obese.
There was a 45 pound difference between him and -- on Martin -- save on -- clearly had the upper physical hand to maybe George Zimmerman felt like he was really being pummeled because he couldn't.
Get up he also had a back injury that may have prevented him from getting up and fighting back without using his gun and the PA referred him to a psychologist beat because of the whole occupation which also I'd gotten apparently refused as well there's a lot going on and that medical report not -- -- -- injury I got to run thank you good debate -- John as always.
We'll be -- at.