After a two-hour hearing today in Seminole County, an apology for the death of Trayvon Martin, and a potentially monumental admission by a state investigator that as of now, special prosecutor Angela Corey does not have evidence to refute George Zimmerman's assertion that Trayvon Martin initiated the scuffle leading to his death, George Zimmerman has been granted the opportunity to post a $150,000 bond. As is often required in cases of the like, Zimmerman will have no contact with the victim's family, will have a GPS monitoring device to ensure he doesn't flee, cannot use controlled substances, and cannot possess firearms during the pendency of his case.
As predicted in a prior blog, Zimmerman's $150,000 bond is on the high side of Seminole County's bond schedule. Conversely, it is clear this Judge does not feel Zimmerman is a risk to the community, is a flight risk, and has very little concern over Zimmerman's prior history or lack thereof. Stated otherwise, despite the serious nature of the charge against him, he just doesn't have a history indicative of a notion that he will commit further wrongs while out on bond. Florida Statute 903.046 sets out the criteria a Judge must consider in setting a bond. Applying George Zimmerman's history in conjunction to the known facts of this case indicate that this Judge made a fair decision.
Jason Mayberry is the founding partner of The Mayberry Law Firm in Clearwater, Florida. If you have legal questions in relation to a blog entry or need legal advice, please feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 727-771-3847.