Zimmerman released from jail
July 6th, 2012
02:54 PM ET

Zimmerman released from jail

George Zimmerman - a Florida man charged with murder in the February shooting death of teenager Trayvon Martin - was released from jail on Friday, a day after a judge set a new bail amount.

A Florida judge on Thursday set a $1 million bail with new restrictions on Zimmerman (pictured), saying he believes the suspect may have been planning to flee the country to avoid prosecution in the killing of Martin.

Zimmerman's previous bail - $150,000 - was revoked last month after the judge learned Zimmerman and his wife had failed to disclose more than $150,000 in donations from the public.

Leading up to the judge's decision Thursday, Zimmerman attorney Mark O'Mara asked the judge to set the same $150,000 bail amount that he granted in April. Prosecutor Bernie de la Rionda countered that Zimmerman should remain in jail without bail because he was complicit in lying to the court and can't be trusted.

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  1. Phil--midwest

    I cant read this crap anymore. T. Martin R.I.P hopefully your mother and father will see justice.

    July 6, 2012 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Realitylover

      Agreed. Justice = Acquittal

      July 6, 2012 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bvanman

      Phil, yep hopefully they will see the samee justice traythug did!

      July 6, 2012 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Q

    All the hatred. Is truly sad.

    July 6, 2012 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
  3. MmmRocks

    Oh, and I forgot the domestic assault he's been arrested for as well.

    July 6, 2012 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
  4. fk whty

    The only monkey is the white one name jeff a white snow monkey!

    July 6, 2012 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Realitylover

    To bad FACTS mean nothing to lefty libs....

    Stay Classy LIBS!!! LMAO!!!!

    July 6, 2012 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
  6. fanofconservdeez

    You people are delusional. Any way you can try to make this right you will. Zimmerman himself admitted to pulling the trigger, admitted to murdering a young boy walking home from the store minding his own business and you're still insisting that GZ is innocent. You allow your racism to creep in and try to make this right. It's absolutley idiotic. Irregardless of the race of the shooter and the victim – what happened was OUTRIGHT WRONG FOR ANYONE! Now you've turned GZ into a white man just to fit your scenario – AMAZING!

    July 6, 2012 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Realitylover

      Its quite OBVIOUS you know NOTHING about LAW. You make decisions and judgements based on emotion and feeling which have no pace in the courtroom. Court is a place of FACT & LAW.
      The Z man WALKS! But stay classy lib!!!

      LOL!!!!

      July 6, 2012 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
  7. MmmRocks

    "According to conditions of his release, Zimmerman can not open a bank account, obtain a passport or set foot on the grounds of the local airport. He has a 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. curfew, the Associated Press reported."

    I predict he violates within a month. This guy has zero credibility.

    July 6, 2012 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Really Jersey

      If this list of judicial demands had been a condition of your bail, you would be screaming racism, MmmRocks. You will lose your bet.....Just like the DA will lose this case.

      July 6, 2012 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
  8. paul

    as an American I hope and prey that we can forgive a man that accidentally took a life and i hope and prey that we can never see this type of tragedy again. I beg all Americans to please support the family of this young man whom is with us no more. Let us remember the good he blessed us with and lets prey with the family in order to bring some peace to their hearts in order to work together. so this NEVER Happens again.

    July 6, 2012 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • jennymay

      That is by far the most balanced, loving comment I've read on this subject. More people need to be like you. I could learn a thing or two myself 🙂 Cheers.

      July 6, 2012 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Richard Roe

      Paul prays for a world in which thugs are free to beat innocent people to death for calling the cops.

      I'll take a mountain of dead Trayvons over Paul's fantasy-land.

      July 6, 2012 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Oh, C'mon!!

      He would't be in this predicament if he stayed in his truck like a good little racist, Richie Ditch.

      July 6, 2012 at 7:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Prey or Predator

      THAT is the real question.

      July 6, 2012 at 7:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joe

      I don't believe Zimmerman set out to kill him either.

      July 6, 2012 at 8:35 pm | Report abuse |
  9. RUINER41

    Even if GZ did start the confrontation, if TM was kneading him up, GZ still had the right to defend himself with deadly force. Here is the law as it is written (see 2a)

    776.041 Use of force by aggressor
    The justification described in the preceding sections of this chapter is not available to a person who:
    (1) Is attempting to commit, committing, or escaping after the commission of, a forcible felony; or
    (2) Initially provokes the use of force against himself or herself, unless:
    (a) Such force is so great that the person reasonably believes that he or she is in imminent danger of death or great bodily harm and that he or she has exhausted every reasonable means to escape such danger other than the use of force which is likely to cause death or great bodily harm to the assailant; or
    (b) In good faith, the person withdraws from physical contact with the assailant and indicates clearly to the assailant that he or she desires to withdraw and terminate the use of force, but the assailant continues or resumes the use of force.

    July 6, 2012 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Richard Roe

      Tena J wants to ignore the part about George Zimmerman being on his back, having his head smashed against a concrete sidewalk.

      Fortunately, the courts will not.

      July 6, 2012 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • RUINER41

      Hard to escape when someone is straddling you, repeatedly punching you and hitting your head in to the ground.

      For anyone that sees those as only two little cuts on the back of his head, think of how many times you've hit your head against something really hard...and it hurt bad...and you didn't get a cut. Now imagine getting hit hard enough that it actually breaks skin.

      July 6, 2012 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Oh, C'mon!!

      Richard Roe would rather shoot now, ask questions later.
      Fortunately, the courts will ask those questions.

      July 6, 2012 at 7:51 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Bvanman

    Tena, except all you did was assign the true facts of wrongdoings of blacks over to whites. Still doesn't make your facts true...the other way is certifiable!

    July 6, 2012 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Can't we all just get along?

    Equal opportunities in education and jobs will help prevent this. It's common sense...these people you speak of are bored and need a more profound meaning in their lives. They have to know they matter and can be positive, contributing members of society. I bet these people you speak of had troubled childhoods and unequal opportunities. It doesn't matter what color they are...all people regardless of color will act out desperately if they feel uncared for by their home life and largely by their society.

    July 6, 2012 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • RUINER41

      There are equal opportunities for everyone, but not everyone chooses to use those opportunities.

      July 7, 2012 at 11:26 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Realitylover

    CASE CLOSED!
    776.041 Use of force by aggressor
    The justification described in the preceding sections of this chapter is not available to a person who:
    (1) Is attempting to commit, committing, or escaping after the commission of, a forcible felony; or
    (2) Initially provokes the use of force against himself or herself, unless:
    (a) Such force is so great that the person reasonably believes that he or she is in imminent danger of death or great bodily harm and that he or she has exhausted every reasonable means to escape such danger other than the use of force which is likely to cause death or great bodily harm to the assailant; or
    (b) In good faith, the person withdraws from physical contact with the assailant and indicates clearly to the assailant that he or she desires to withdraw and terminate the use of force, but the assailant continues or resumes the use of force.

    Stay Classy libs! LOL!

    July 6, 2012 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • RUINER41

      i saw enough damage on GZ to say he was taking an a$$ whooping. Poor, innocent TM was so scared of this bad man that he was going to pummel him until he wasnt scared anymore...which was until he was almost dead. Not saying that this wasn't a tragedy, but it doesn't make it a crime.

      July 6, 2012 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • jennymay

      SURE, but it all comes down to who threatened harm first, right? How do you know that Zimmerman didn't threaten Martin's life, causing Martin to feel the need to defend himself? Losing a fight that you started doesn't give reason to kill the other. The problem is, we don't know either way. Yes it creates reasonable doubt, which is great for Zimmerman, but that doesn't mean he was in the right or wrong. Nobody knows.

      July 6, 2012 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • RUINER41

      Read it again. Even if you go up to someone and start a fight, if you then are in a situation when you are in danger of great harm or death, you can use deadly force. So regardless of who started the fight, if GZ was in fear of great harm or death he had the right to shoot.

      July 6, 2012 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • jennymay

      @RUINER... did Zimmerman not have a duty to retreat from said individual who is so threatening he had to call the cops on him ASAP? He already apparantly knew this guy was so threatening just by looking at him, that he saw fit to call 911. I've never ever in my life called 911, let alone had the urge to because of the way someone looked. If someone was so scary to me that I called the police on them based on looks alone, you can bet there is no way I'd go anywhere near them.

      July 6, 2012 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • RUINER41

      @jennymay 1) No, he has no legal duty to retreat. 2) If you are sucker punched and straddled on the ground, retreat is kinda difficult.

      July 6, 2012 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • RUINER41

      @jennymay And if Trayvon was so worried about GZ, as his girlfriend stated from their phone call, why didn't he walk home and get away instead of waiting for GZ to get near him?

      July 6, 2012 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Oh, C'mon!!

      If he was so afraid, why did he keep following?
      If he was so afraid, why did he FORCE a confrontation? Because he had a gun, that's why. Take that gun out of the equation, and none of this, NONE of this wouldn't have haopoened; he would have stayed in if stupid truck and let the police do THEIR jobs after calling 911.

      July 6, 2012 at 6:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • RUINER41

      You mean the confrontation that Trayvon hung around and waited for?

      July 6, 2012 at 7:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Oh, C'mon!!

      No, I mean the one Geezy got out of his truck to provoke.

      July 6, 2012 at 7:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • BOMBO ©

      You are arguing about that gap of several minutes, in which no one knows for sure what happened. The jury will eventually have this same argument, though hopefully more civil and well informed than a lot of the people here. That few minutes, together with Zimmerman's injuries, is REASONABLE DOUBT. That is why he will NOT be convicted. You will never convince 12 out of 12 random people to accept a possibility that Zimmerman instigated this, without independent witnesses.

      July 6, 2012 at 8:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Julie

      For a minute I thought you were talking about Zimmerman!
      He was the only one with his "imaginary paranoia" thinking anything was going on! over 50 calls to the cops? this wanna-be could not be a cop...so drove them crazy!
      The one with quite the "aggressive/violent" past, who always got away with crap...thanks to "daddy dearest"
      IF he is found not guilty, he will NEVER BE INNOCENT-he took a life? pay back can be a bi–h!

      July 10, 2012 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Julie

      Also to say
      CASE CLOSED
      IS SOOO STUPID!

      July 10, 2012 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
  13. banasy©

    "Stay classy, libs"?
    What does political affiliation have to do with anything?

    He will be tried in a court of law; until then, it would be fabulaous if absurd statements like "stay classy, libs" would stop being shouted out by the equally classy conservatives.

    July 6, 2012 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • jennymay

      He's gotta blame his problems on someone, right?

      July 6, 2012 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Tena J

    @ Bvanman Ok then cite your sources.... Something a bit more credible than a youtube video would be helpful.

    July 6, 2012 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
  15. J

    Bvanman
    They are great, there are many positive blacks in this country. My son is an educated black male who will be successful in life. He was awarded a full academic/ athletic scholarship to a top school. No only is he doing great so are his friends. My cousin a TOP laywer is FL is a black man, voted number one up an coming lawyer in he FL area. I have a Uncle who earned his master and PHD in theology. This is only an example of my surroundings.and there are many other families who have successful black males in their family. They may be stereotyped by people like your and the others on this message board, but remember all your negativity is only motivation for our black males to do better. Also remember statistics are not always correct. One of the important things they teach you in college ( yes I have been) is to be mindful of the source you are getting you information from. So black males are educated and successful. Perhaps you should open your eyes. Maybe your child will come home with a black mate one day.

    July 6, 2012 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • RUINER41

      I love your comment and agree with you 100%. But in all fairness, the black community was the first to make this an issue of race starting with the leader of all racists, Rev. Al. The only man in the country to receive praise for his efforts in improving racial equality, yet he has never stood up for a person outside of the black race. Racism in general needs to end, but until everyone stops coming out to say how different we are, it never will.

      July 6, 2012 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
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