Zimmerman Wants Florida to Pay Legal Bills

He wants to be reimbursed for up to $300,000 after his acquittal in the death of Trayvon Martin

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George Zimmerman wants the state of Florida to pick up the tab for his legal defense, just weeks after he was acquitted in the high-profile trial of Trayvon Martin’s death.

Zimmerman, who was found not guilty of murder last month in a case that riveted the nation and sparked pitched conversations about race, will ask that Florida foots a legal bill of up to $300,000, his lawyer told the Orlando Sentinel.

State law requires that Florida cover all legal expenses — except lawyer’s fees — for an acquitted defendant, from expert witnesses to the 3D videos shown to jurors. Zimmerman is still preparing a motion that will ask for between $200,000 and $300,000, according to his lawyer.

Taxpayers have already shelled out an estimated $902,000 on the second-degree murder trial that ended July 13, the newspaper reports.

[Orlando Sentinel]

808 comments
hithere
hithere

Animals like Zimmerman don't need to get paid. Trayvon was respecting the law that night but Zimmerman did not respect the law that night with his watchman excuse and his life problems by  putting Trayvon on the defensive by following Trayvon and not identify himself; only Animals don't need to identify themselves when they follow you.The Animal attacked Trayvon as Trayvon was not an Animal he defended himself said why you following me and get of get off But an Animal does not listen; too bad Trayvon did not have the killer instinct HEART like the Animal that shot him in the HEART and did not punch the Animal in the throat where it counts istead of kneeing and arm scraping witrh its Animal head when the Animal MMAd him to the ground or scratch its eyes out like women are told to do with their keys and nails when followed. Animals will be Animals just ask the cops the wives the exs the fiancés the sexually abused cousin and her friend that does not want to talk and all the rest that got attacked by this Animal Zimmerman.The animal cleared his life problems by changing his coiled up life releasing his coiled frustrations by murdering Trayvon and now hiding and getting and wanting more payouts. In the end the Animal is getting paid for his bad temper which eventually led to a murder of an innocent.

hithere
hithere

They say crime does not pay,but for creepy psycho violent  Zimmy boy who has multiple criminal records and assaults crime does pay him.

JamesFoss
JamesFoss

Charge the US Justice Department and their "Community Relations" division for fomenting divisiveness and stupidity. Have Al and Jesse kick in and pass the hat to Holder and Obama.

As a FL taxpayer I am incensed at those bozos.

oramoslopez
oramoslopez

Regardless of this man's guilt or innocence, I think the state should not be able to bring to bear the full force of it's prosecutorial force and leave acquitted citizen's in the wreckage that  prosecution's may bring.

 How many prosecutions are solely based on the fact that a case "may" be made instead of "will it serve justice" ?  Prosecutors rarely give a crap about the truth of a case, only that it may be "proven", careers are made out of that... 

How many times have we learned of prosecutor's using a law intended for one purpose twisted into an instrument of wide discretionary abuse, "Patriot Act" rings a bell?

So yeah, I think the state's discretion should not be free of consequences. If a person is acquitted he should not have to pay to "defend" themselves. 

Prosecutor's may be more thoughtful about whether a case will make their career or cost the state a fortune.

As for Zimmerman, I don't know if he's guilty or not, I wasn't there....

rohit57
rohit57

If he is legally entitled to the money then he is legally entitled.  What people think, whether he is a hero or a villain is not relevant.

moni222
moni222

"State law requires that Florida cover all legal expenses — except lawyer’s fees — for an acquitted defendant"

I have to say I agree with that law on principle. I just wish Zimmerman weren't it's beneficiary.

Onepatriot
Onepatriot

Florida is a retirement state, so the republican legislature passes stupid laws which give older folks a false sense of security and makes them want to keep voting in the same people.  This law should never have been put in and gives too many gun users an impetus to want to carry a firearm "just in case" and now they won't hesitate to use it.  I left after 12 years when I could see the mentality and corruption taking over.  Glad I did.  In Florida they create more problems than they solve.

elnegro
elnegro

they should give him his money.


florida is a dumb state

shondrika.cook
shondrika.cook

Zimmerman needs to go away. He doesn't deserve jack. Be happy you have some form of your life in the real world and move on. People still wanna to kill this man, and he wants some doggone compensation. Pshhh

Randysteele992
Randysteele992

He deserves that and more. Hes a hero and this should have never gone to trial. He protected his neighborhood from some wild drug addicted thieving chimp. Burn in hell Traycoon lil skittlez! 

KotterD
KotterD

@Selma_AS Self Defense is the law everywhere!!! He wouldn't have been prosecuted if they fix their justice system.

dh730
dh730

@Onepatriot I have spent my last vacation dollar in that state.  It bothered me when I made the decision, because I have a daughter who was living in the mid part of Florida.  Thankfully, she got smart and moved last month.

Openminded1
Openminded1

@shondrika.cook The only people who want to kill him are the race card blacks who did not like the verdict. I did not hear white people say that when OJ killed two people in cold blooded rage.

_Guest
_Guest

So what really happened when Trayvon said, "Get off, get off'?

Yes. people who protect the places can go overboard and instigate a confrontation especially if those people do not want these a-hs to get away. 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FsxEk_Gi2vE

_Guest
_Guest

Search Google for "George Zimmerman lost job as party security guard for being too aggressive, ex-co-worker says "


Neighborhood watch and security guards are not all saints. They assault first and provoke confrontation. Even the fat ones.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IrANadph5Ec

robertg222
robertg222

@NoJuan42 @Selma_AS That was obvious when we found out he used the term "creepy ass cracker"

_Guest
_Guest

911 scream similar to someone's arm being twisted.

Wanna be cops, they know how to detain and twist someone's arm so the a-h does not get away even if the guy is on the ground on top of the wanna be cop!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=atyBa9HYDIA


_Guest
_Guest

Even girls can do Kimura from guard. John Good said he saw an MMA-style fight. Did he see a kimura from guard MMA fight? 

See how in kimura from guard, the girl at the bottom gets up and can easily lose balance and have her head fall and hit the ground without the person on top touching it. But the 911 screams! The 911 screams sound like a person's arm was being twisted as if a kimura from guard was being delivered to the guy on top. Kimura is the MOST painful submission.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=htGtsnBqXFg


_Guest
_Guest

@odley53210  wrote "I guess a better question is what would you(or anyone) be doing if you were on top of someone with them on their back and you did not manage to damage your fists all that much."

Because the guy at the bottom is trained in MMA.

MMA may not always leave any marks and injuries on the persons body at all. Therefore, all Blacks should learn MMA and learn the most painful submission, Kimura.

A must-watch video- Kimura from Guard -

In a real situation, the person at the TOP with the arm being twisted (by the guy at the bottom) will be the one SCREAMING in pain.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VKKzy8iNqwU


hithere
hithere

@Openminded1 @shondrika.cook OJ got arrested right away stayed in jail through court..Zimmy boy killed a kid with his watchman excuse because he has a history of criminal records and abuses(zimmy boy even raped his cousin on multiple occasions) and his accomplices the Sanford police covered up for him after he killed the kid for frustrations like fighting his wife who left him even though she lied for him that she was with him that night,telling off his landlord he broke cannot pay rent again and on and on frustrations.The only racist was creepy psycho violent frustrated Zimmy boy just like OJ who done the killing ,both of which had frustrations to release,Both need the noose.

Openminded1
Openminded1

@_Guest you moron of course there are over zealous security people, just like you are over zealous trying to sell all of us on something we already know. But it still has nothing to do with the george and Thug trayvon case. give it up go to a movie, go shopping have a nice meal walk the dog, better yet get laid or all of the above, be happy next case this one is done, untill some black dude trys to kill George for the hell of it. then it will all be brought up again. chill out.

Openminded1
Openminded1

@_Guest You do not have many friends do you. You sound young why not go out in the light of day ,get laid, say hello to a white person, go to a movie, take a trip, hold your boy friends hand just get off this computer and get yourself a young mans life. it does not matter if you are gay,. gay people have fun when they are out of the closet. get out have fun.

Openminded1
Openminded1

@hithere @Openminded1 @shondrika.cook Are you slow or just dumb, they are not apples for apples. i did not compare them moron I saying whites do not use the race card. I am a retired 30 year police veteran in a major city. Sanford Cops did not cover up for GZ they did not like him no cop likes wannabe cops it is one of our pet peeves. You talk out your ass. I do not care about wannabe george to me he was a moron, but not a murderer and TM was a punk who hated whites. charges against GZ reference other former charges is not germane to the TM case. that is the way it works. say went for TM in his past cases which were sealed because he was a minor.You just see things the way you want not as they really are. think read and research. by the way if you had read you would know that I am black half and half like Obama. You are new to this site i guess.

Openminded1
Openminded1

@hithere @Openminded1 @_Guest thank you I earned it after 30 years of dealing with scum bags. I think I was not paid enough for the crap I had to take, but life is good now, you stay out of prison now you hear.

Openminded1
Openminded1

@hithere @Openminded1 @_Guest there is no way at my 63 years of age and the way I dress I would be mistaken for a punk like trayvon And as you said george could not afford  where I live either could you. All types of people wear hoodie's  including white people, they just wear there pants like men not little punk boys. Well it has been no pleasure at all trying to help a wannabe thug straiten out his loser life, and I am going out to dinner with my wife, seafood tonight little white wine, and maybe creme brulae for desert. It has been agreat day here 32 floors up over looking the water, watching Cruise ships coming and going what a life not like Detroit.

Openminded1
Openminded1

@hithere @Openminded1 @_Guest You will not make it in life the hood you live in and your thug attitude will get you killed just like Trayvon, my guess from another black thug or cop.

hithere
hithere

@Openminded1 @hithere @_Guest No you be careful from zimmy boy he might mistake you for a punk breaking into condos when you enter your overpensioned expensive condo don't wear a hoodie he going to shoot you

hithere
hithere

@Openminded1 @hithere @_Guest You were not there punk ex overpaid cruiser but Trayvon was there going home and got interfered from going home by the other punk underpaid cruiser Zimmerman who violated Trayvons rights of going home peacefully by chasing and not identifying himself as a punk papercop

Openminded1
Openminded1

@hithere @Openminded1 @_Guest I love donuts  always ate a few  a week . You must live in some small town outside Houston or arizona, big city cops can sleep in there cars, coward black punks would shoot them while they were sleeping.

Openminded1
Openminded1

@hithere @Openminded1 @_Guest You are as stupid as you sound thug, hope you are not in texas or Arizona. By the way were you there to see what happened who you just doing the black man thing pulling the race card. Move on punk your idol is dead killed by a white man .  And  two white men are dead because a few thug coward black punks killed an 82 year old man and shot another one in the back and thought it was funny how do you feel about that? i know the answer just want to see if you are black enough to tell the truth and man up.

hithere
hithere

@Openminded1 @hithere @_Guest Overpaid job to cruise around and eat donuts whats your favorite donut how ften did you sleep in tour cruiser who woke you up your partner or zimmermans

hithere
hithere

@Openminded1 @hithere @_Guest Get real man put a lid on it/ Trayvon did not cause his own death the disturbed bloodhound Zimmerman chasing him caused his death you ignorama of an ex useless overpaid cruiser.

Openminded1
Openminded1

@hithere @Openminded1 @_Guest it was not a 9 to 5 desk job you meet all kinds of people good , funny, sad and mostly dummys and punks. but always good for a laugh and a rush.

Openminded1
Openminded1

@hithere @Openminded1 @_Guest Oh please even for a moron like you that is real far out there. You make this punk out to be an angel . He was visting his dad because he was kicked out of school fighting more the once . he was just a punk from the punk hood with a punk father.

Openminded1
Openminded1

@hithere @Openminded1 @_Guest Trayvon the punk caused his own death, cops can be everywhere, there are more punks like TM then cops. He would have been killed by another black punk within 2 years anyway .

hithere
hithere

@Openminded1 @hithere @_Guest You bet your little cop flashlight trayvon counted on Zimmerman carrying a gun that's why he tried to lose him running and not lead him to his house where his little step brother was.

hithere
hithere

@Openminded1 @hithere @_Guest Then why was trayvon running So he can circle back????? ,,,Trayvon  had a difficult time to lose this guy without letting on with his house  containing his little step brother who asked for skittles / you very defensive of zimmy have you done something bad while on the job as acop

Openminded1
Openminded1

@hithere @Openminded1 @_Guest Jeffery was not a racist he liked black boys, in a interview he stated he like the taste of black meat. One sick white man. and i became a cop because it was an exciting job never boring like standing on the corner with a bunch of other violent do nothing drug dealers in the hood all bragging how much of a baller they are while they ride there stolen bike home.

Openminded1
Openminded1

@hithere @Openminded1 @_Guest wrong again dummy TM the punk circled back to confront whitey and kick his ass, he did not count on whitey carrying a gun, he was wrong lost the gamble he played with his life;

Openminded1
Openminded1

@hithere @Openminded1 @_Guest Now you said something right for once, plenty of good cop jobs to fight the crime in the streets of this violent country, to serve and protect even black punks like you. and yes my son became a cop 5 years ago instead of being a punk standing on the corner selling drugs and or collecting welfare and committing burglaries and armed robberies and rape.

Openminded1
Openminded1

@hithere @Openminded1 @_Guest You are very stupid more black mothers kill there babies then white women all day. susan smith was one isolated news case everyday a sista kills her babies with crack, or neglect in my 30 years I saw more black parents neglecting there kids then whites 3 to 1. Blacks get drunk leave there kids at home with no food to go out and party and get high. leave there kids in hot cars who you kidding dummy. Whites commit more serial killings that is were you are right. That appears to be a white issue. They are sick in the head types who do that. Not likes blacks that kill for 8.00 dollars and a colt 45 at the neighborhood 7-11. Punk you listen to that big mouth Al to much.

Openminded1
Openminded1

@hithere @Openminded1 @_Guest get over trayvon lost, how about the 3 blaack punks that shot a white jogger a few days ago in the back he was the man who was innocent killed just for fun and being white. at least the punk TM saw it coming he should have just walked home like any good kid would have with half a brain instead he wanted to show whitey how tough he was, he lost this time big time.

hithere
hithere

@Openminded1 @hithere @_Guest Everyone who is guilty like Zimmerman should go to jail don't care if B or W is the skin don't forget a lot of overpaid cruisers like you were should be in jail also as well as a few Sanford policemen for lying by the way more whites have killed whites from serial killers to school shootings just google it. lol Susan smith killed her kids and blame Bguys .Serial killers mass killers school shooters serial killers all 99 percent whites Jeffrey dalmer etc You only became a cop because Bs stopped the Ws from lynching them

Openminded1
Openminded1

@hithere @Openminded1 @_Guest Sonny you are going to end up just like him the writing is on the wall. Never killed anyone that did not have it coming, that includes Vietnam and on the streets. Never had family problems I have been married to the same women over 35 years with two grown college educated kids, One a cop like me and the other a para legal. So no problems at home. the only mind problems I ever had are with young bucks like you they never seem to learn how to grow up and make something of themselves they just blame whitey and use the race card for all there problems. that is why blacks keep on going 3 steps forward and the 5 steps back. You are your own problem not whitey. blame your parents for your up bringing 

hithere
hithere

@Openminded1 @hithere @_Guest I should hope so you don't shoot anyone you were getting overpaid pay you should even do some garbage collections and wash the neighborhoods and repair the roads.

hithere
hithere

@Openminded1 @hithere @_Guest Why you bad mouthing Trayvon did you kill an innocent kid also like Zimmerman did also were you an overzealous cop with mind and family problems like zimmy boy

Openminded1
Openminded1

@hithere @Openminded1 @_Guest There was nothing innocent about Trayvon Martin he was athug big mouth punk who hated whites and loved to fight them in school, he went to far with wannabe George ended up on the losing end, that is what happens to loud mouth thugs sooner or later, you be careful and learn from that little man.

Openminded1
Openminded1

@hithere @Openminded1 @_Guest Ps never shot myself. And the few cops that are murders rapist drug dealers and the like always end up like the other criminals dead or in Prison a punk is a punk badge or no badge. by the way most cops that sell drugs and use drugs have been black cops, the white cops lean more toward rape.

Openminded1
Openminded1

@hithere @Openminded1 @_Guest I have arrested cops too little boy they put  there pants on the same as every other man,except cops do not wear there pants like little babies down to there ankles. You punks need to stop doing that you look silly holding up your pants with one hand while running from the police, its comical and you always get caught because of it. I do not back GZ I know sonny what he was a wannabe cop and cops hate that it is one of our pet peeves, so wrong again. I also know TM was a punk racist that hated whitey like you. And as black man and cop I know his type of black man that makes us all look bad just like you do and most likely the daddy you have that you most likely see on visiting day in county or the state prison. 

hithere
hithere

@Openminded1 @hithere @_Guest No loss is that why u back thug Zimmerman for killing an innocent kid and raped his cousin.Cops are thugs  punks  rapist murderers and drug dealers on many occassions just google it have you ever shot yourself or you a clean cop.

Openminded1
Openminded1

@hithere @Openminded1 @_Guest I forgot to address your shooting comment. Shooting is easy for cowards shooting from a car in a drive by and shooting from a vantage point so the coward can get away. You know the black/hispanic gang member way. They kill and do not care who they shoot because they are cowards and want to be far away before they get shot at. For cops most of are shootings are within 25 feet, In  a  life and death situation. We do not shoot innocent by standers to often we have to be aware whom is around us. you black punk cowards just shoot. By the way everyone I shot died it comes with the trainning and no innocent people got shot just thugs and punks, rapist, murderers and drug dealers. No loss.

Openminded1
Openminded1

@hithere @Openminded1 @_Guest Sonny if you ever were lucky enough in life to get laid by a women like her she would make you a man and you would be in love. by the way she is black she does not like small boy penis.

Openminded1
Openminded1

@hithere @Openminded1 @_Guest You are as stupid as you sound you must be a stupid hood kid out of school for the day. Or maybe you are the typical hood thug spending his welfare check why is mommy or wife works. By the way dummy everyone but you knows there is more blacks killing whites and black on black crime, the whites killing blacks. You need to watch something else other the BET, watch the news that at least tells 50% ofv truth. You read moron 3 black punks like you killed a white jogger by shooting him in the back just for the fun of it. you read two black heroes beat an old 82 year old white veteran to death for 8.00 dollars and a watch. get real moron move out of the slum hood you live in as soon as you can you may live longer.

hithere
hithere

@Openminded1 @hithere @_Guest They should give minimum wage to overpaid cruisers for shooting because people like Zimmerman do it for free/and no pensions make your own pensions and work till 75 cause shooting is easy just ask the 70 year plus W racist who shot a 13 year old B kid on camera while taking out the garbage for his mom killing him. 

Openminded1
Openminded1

@hithere @Openminded1 @_Guest Is that you she was talking too, I could not understand why in the world she was speaking so slow. Now I get it ,she does that so the dummys she talks to can fully comprehend what she is saying.

Openminded1
Openminded1

@hithere @Openminded1 @_Guest You seem to have a problem with police compensation. Is that because welfare does not pay that much or you just jealous? It was only an average of 91,000 per year year not enough for dealing with punks and thugs like Trayvon, but what the hell it was a living. never had to beat anyone in 30 years, did shoot a few but never beat anyone.

hithere
hithere

@Openminded1 @_Guest What are you still doing in killer Zimmerman's closet playing with his gun cause you miss your partners gun ex overpaid cruiser.

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