Skip to main content

Recently it has been reported that George Zimmerman's attorneys have asked the State of Florida to reimburse him for his legal expenses.  More information about this appears in the diary written by Heavy Mettle which you can read here.

Of interest to me was this little nugget of information that appeared in an NPR story by Greg Allen this morning about Zimmerman's request for legal expenses.

ALLEN: Zimmerman has a legal defense fund and some donations are still trickling in. O'Mara says whatever costs the court decides to cover will go into the fund, which still has outstanding debts to pay.

At the same time, Zimmerman has been drawing on the fund for some of his living expenses. He's not currently working and O'Mara says he doesn't expect his client will be able to pay his legal bills.

(emphasis mine)

Let me get this straight.  Zimmerman is asking the taxpayers of the State of Florida to pay money to an account which Zimmerman then uses to pay his regular living expenses.  In other words, Zimmerman is asking the State of Florida to provide him government assistance.

I'd love to know what the right wing anti-government types think of Zimmerman's request for public assistance.  It seems to me that if Zimmerman really needs public assistance to live, he should be subjected to the same rules and regulations enacted by the Republicans in Florida to block or limit those truly in need.  

And I would bet that the people donating to Zimmerman's legal defense fund were doing so to pay his legal fees and expert witness fees, and not to support Zimmerman and his family.

I am personally not surprised about Zimmerman's actions.  Today the Orlando Sentinel reported that Zimmerman's wife pled guilty a form of perjury in connection with statements she made to the court about their financial status during a bond hearing.  According to the Orlando Sentinel

She testified that she and her husband were broke. In fact, they had taken in more than $130,000 in donations in a little more than two weeks from Internet donors wanting to help Zimmerman defend himself against the murder charge. . . .

Recorded phone calls made by George Zimmerman from the Seminole County Jail show that in the days just before the bail hearing, he and his wife talked about those defense fund donations, and he directed her to move money between various credit union accounts and to put some in a safe-deposit box.

However, the two talked in code, referring to $10 when they meant $10,000, according to prosecutors.

Originally posted to night cat on Wed Aug 28, 2013 at 07:14 PM PDT.

Also republished by Trial Watch, Support the Dream Defenders, and Barriers and Bridges.

Your Email has been sent.
You must add at least one tag to this diary before publishing it.

Add keywords that describe this diary. Separate multiple keywords with commas.
Tagging tips - Search For Tags - Browse For Tags


More Tagging tips:

A tag is a way to search for this diary. If someone is searching for "Barack Obama," is this a diary they'd be trying to find?

Use a person's full name, without any title. Senator Obama may become President Obama, and Michelle Obama might run for office.

If your diary covers an election or elected official, use election tags, which are generally the state abbreviation followed by the office. CA-01 is the first district House seat. CA-Sen covers both senate races. NY-GOV covers the New York governor's race.

Tags do not compound: that is, "education reform" is a completely different tag from "education". A tag like "reform" alone is probably not meaningful.

Consider if one or more of these tags fits your diary: Civil Rights, Community, Congress, Culture, Economy, Education, Elections, Energy, Environment, Health Care, International, Labor, Law, Media, Meta, National Security, Science, Transportation, or White House. If your diary is specific to a state, consider adding the state (California, Texas, etc). Keep in mind, though, that there are many wonderful and important diaries that don't fit in any of these tags. Don't worry if yours doesn't.

You can add a private note to this diary when hotlisting it:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from your hotlist?
Are you sure you want to remove your recommendation? You can only recommend a diary once, so you will not be able to re-recommend it afterwards.
Rescue this diary, and add a note:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from Rescue?
Choose where to republish this diary. The diary will be added to the queue for that group. Publish it from the queue to make it appear.

You must be a member of a group to use this feature.

Add a quick update to your diary without changing the diary itself:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary?
(The diary will be removed from the site and returned to your drafts for further editing.)
(The diary will be removed.)
Are you sure you want to save these changes to the published diary?

Comment Preferences

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site