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Zimmerman's previous bail - $150,000 - was revoked last month after the judge learned Zimmerman and his wife had failed to disclose more than $150,000 in donations from the public.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

    i think the judge needs to be replaced....he lied had his wife and father lied and he still gets out on $100,000. This judge needs to either retire or go back to law school.
    1million after he had like 900,000????

    July 6, 2012 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • David

      Judge should have been replaced when Zimmerman was arrested with no evidence to support the arrest, or even the charges. The Judge is abusing Zimmerman's civil rights, honestly think about that...

      July 6, 2012 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
  2. WHAT!?!?!?!

    i'm over this case. breaking news should be nationally affecting, not katie and tom breaking up,etc. no, i didnnt read this article. there's nothing to read – the headline is enough. it's obvious this guy should not have followed the kid, but the kid shouldnt have jumped out and attacked him. at first i didnt believe this guy, but after the video's etc... it's obvious this kid attacked him and got what was coming to him.

    July 6, 2012 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Reneé Stephanie

    PH, Hispanic is a term used to describe someone who speaks Spanish, it is not a race ... People who are not Latin American speak Spanish also (myself included) and are too considered Hispanic, like Europeans ie. people from Spain... they are of Caucasian decent.

    July 6, 2012 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Bentcross

    Wow your an idiot; where is all this energy when it is black on black crime? Oh thats right; nobody cares because you are just killing each other.

    July 6, 2012 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • ReneĂ© Stephanie

      I wouldn't say that !... the media got tired of covering Black on Black crime.. if you're going to insult us, do it properly.

      July 6, 2012 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Daves Not Here

    One day this nation will be color blind.

    July 6, 2012 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Realitylover

      Is something going to happen to our eyes genetically??? Dang it, I already have the common male "red/green" shift...
      Stay Classy libs! LOL!!!!

      July 6, 2012 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • ReneĂ© Stephanie

      let's hope so.. lol this is becoming tiresome.

      July 6, 2012 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Realitylover

    If Zimmerman is "White", than so is "Obama"... Knuckleheads.... Stay Classy libs! LOL!!!

    July 6, 2012 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Ripper

    NRA members sure bailed Georgie boy out quick. This country has become a political sellout. People have become so stupid that they now give their money to bail out criminals cause it might reflect on the Florida "stand yer ground" law poorly. They don't care about whether Zimmerman is innocent or guilty. I predict that a Florida jury will let this loser go free. So far Florida Jurors have proven that they can be influenced easily. They let Casey Anthony walk. Some day the NRA and their kind will pay after ( not if ) Zimmerman is found not guilty. Reckoning day is coming

    July 6, 2012 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • David

      Do you think the Judge has the right to abuse anybody's civil rights, just because you think someone is guilty, but have no evidence, or proof to support him being detained? If you can't see this is as a witch hunt, then I feel sorry for you, because you might be next.

      July 6, 2012 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Richard Roe

      "Reckoning day is coming"?

      Bring it.

      We're the ones with the numbers and the guns.

      July 6, 2012 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Overseer

    Impeach Judge Lester. FREE ZIMMERMAN!!

    July 6, 2012 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
  9. ph

    Sarah, the Black community doesn't know how to do anything for the betterment of our nation other than remind us that they are black and are separate and different and cannot advance as a people. The Asian and Jewish communities in America contradict this logic completely.

    July 6, 2012 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
  10. BN

    This isn't a race thing, people. It's a testosterone thing!

    July 6, 2012 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Lucid

    Jeff, only you and others like you (uneducated, insecure, losers) would post silly racist remarks from the comfort and security of your trailer sofa. I'm assuming your feel wronged by a young African American male, either due to your girlfriend leaving you for a black guy, or your sister or mother mixing things up a bit, lol. The joke is on you and the world continues to change... so either grow, stay quiet, or die quickly. Reading your post simply reminds me that our country will always have work to do.

    July 6, 2012 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Jeff

    1. His friend had the codeine cough syrup. he was going to mix it with him.
    2. He had THC in his system.
    3. He was under investigation for burglary.
    4. He was suspended for attacking a bus driver (IE. already demonstrated a tendency towards violent behavior)..
    5. I'm racist? Apparently reality is racist too - just look at the crime statistics. Just look at cities like Detroit - an absolute dump. Apparently reality is racist.

    July 6, 2012 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Teb

    Why are some, not all blacks making this a racial issue? Why are the black leaders ONLY showing trayvon as a 12 yr old in the pictures when in fact, he was tall and an older teen with tats? a miscarraige of justice is when, a man with visible injuries is threatened with death by black panthers, and roseanne barr and others trying to incite murder, hate and anger? then the mom copyrights slogans to sell hoodies and stuff? the DOJ is the problem.. but let me guess, holder was too busy running guns to Mexico right?

    July 6, 2012 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ripper

      This is not a racial issue. It is a kid who was murdered for being in the wrong place at the wrong time. And Florida lawmakers protecting Stand Your Ground law. Shame on Florida.

      July 6, 2012 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Whatev!!!

    What happened to the good ol days when you went fist to fist?! All of these tough guys aren't so tough without a gun in their hands. Zimmerman probably would of had his as* kicked by Trayvon.

    July 6, 2012 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bob

      I think what was happening, man with gun usually wins.

      July 6, 2012 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • TeaPartyShouldDIAF

      What country do you live in? Are you really so naive?

      July 6, 2012 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • 666

      sorry, its not 1776...

      July 6, 2012 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hoddie

      of course just another undisiplined fatherless afro american- what would you expect differently

      July 6, 2012 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • PaganObservation

      According to Zimmerman's tale, that is exactly what was happening to him.

      July 6, 2012 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • notlikeitseems

      that's what happened. and that's why he took out his gun...to defend himself.

      July 6, 2012 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • The painful truth

      He did. That's why he shot him! Did you not see the photos?

      July 6, 2012 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tek

      Bottom line: Was it self defense or not? Was TM slamming GZ head into the concrete repeatedly? If so, then yes he should have defended himself. If that was not the case, then GZ is a murderer.
      Now, flip that switch.... Was TM possibly defending himself against an attacker that had a gun? If yes, GZ is a murderer.... If not and he was just beating someone down, then GZ had the right to defend himself.
      Unfortunately one is no longer living and cannot tell his side of the story.

      July 6, 2012 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Richard Roe

      So now we're expected to "go fist to fist" with violent criminals who decide they want to play Fight Club?

      I don't think so.

      I think if you lay a criminal hand on me, I will kill you.

      July 6, 2012 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Patrick

    How old are you? Is summer school over for the day?

    July 6, 2012 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
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