George Zimmerman is almost out of money—so his lawyer is about to ask the public to foot the bill for his trial. “He really has to live as a hermit, unfortunately,” says lawyer Mark O’Mara. “He’s not doing well. He’s getting by.” His legal defense fund is down to $50,000, he has $20,000 in unpaid bills, and both he and his wife are in hiding—meaning neither of them is working. They’re also paying for security since “Seminole County is unquestionably the most dangerous county, most expensive county for him to be in,” O’Mara says.
So O’Mara plans to ask the court to declare Zimmerman indigent—or officially broke—which is where the public comes into the equation, because an indigency ruling would mean the state pays all Zimmerman’s legal expenses other than lawyer fees. Read more…
More than six weeks after he shot and killed unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin in a suburb of Orlando, Florida, self-appointed neighborhood watch captain George Zimmerman will be charged in his death, a senior law enforcement official close to the investigation tells HLN. The prosecutor in the case will hold a press conference tonight; it’s unknown what exactly Zimmerman will be charged with. Yesterday, Zimmerman’s legal team announced they were dropping him as a client, after they “lost contact” with him. While some have expressed concern that Zimmerman is a flight risk, others have suggested that police know Zimmerman’s whereabouts and have had him under surveillance. [HLNTV]
UPDATE: George Zimmerman has been charged with 2nd degree murder. [Think Progress]
“My main message is to the parents: If I had a son he’d look like Trayvon. I think they are right to expect that all of us as Americans are going to take this with the seriousness it deserves.”
– President Barack Obama comments on the death of Trayvon Martin, the 17-year-old Florida boy who was shot dead by George Zimmerman, a self-appointed neighborhood watch captain. The case has received national attention because Zimmerman was never detained or arrested for Trayvon’s death and law enforcement seemed determined to ignore pleas by Trayvon’s parents to investigate the circumstances of his death. Zimmerman pursued Martin even after calling 911 — to report a “suspicious” person — and being told not to. You can read more about the case here and watch all of President Obama’s sobering remarks above.
Meanwhile, on Fox News, Geraldo Rivera — who I cannot believe is still somehow considered relevant and worth listening to — had his own opinion on Trayvon Martin’s death. Namely, that the hoodie Trayvon was wearing “is as much responsible” for his death “as George Zimmerman was.” Keep reading »
By now, I’m sure you’ve heard about the death of Trayvon Martin, the 17-year-old black Florida teen who was shot and killed by George Zimmerman, 28, in Florida last month. This case is somewhat outside the usual Frisky realm — women’s issues and news, pop culture, style, cute animals, dating tales, etc. — but it’s a story that has captured the nation’s attention, not to mention mine, and is tied closely to issues that effect all of us, from racism to gun control. Here is a summary of the case as it stands now, along with links to further reading. Keep reading »