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Zimmerman's previous bail - $150,000 - was revoked last month after the judge learned Zimmerman and his wife had failed to disclose more than $150,000 in donations from the public.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

    I wonder how many of you bold souls writing such trash would be able to open your mouths away from the screens. It's okay, you live empty lives where you can't say certain things in mixed company–so why not get angry and bold online like some bitter little teenager? I mean, really? Some of you are grown-ups who are a part of society. By the way you write about a dead teenager (with all the wrong "facts" by the way, but I know you really don't care...), I'd hate to be a fly on the wall in your homes when no one is watching. No matter who Trayvon was, his life shouldn't have ended because a nutjob vigilante with a strong poker-face decided he was causing "trouble". If all you've got are Black jokes, "watch for the riots", and whatever else you think is cute, think again. TRY again. You look pathetic.

    I wonder how many of you funded this crook in the first place. He's not a "poor man" by any definition or label. He is a piece of trash and his day is coming–whether it is in court or by the hands of Karma.

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

      I wonder who takes the time to write such bold accusations and actually thinks they are above their attacks. Funny.

      July 6, 2012 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • zj

      Very well said. It's just sad.

      July 6, 2012 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Johnny DC

      Hello, pot. This is kettle calling. Moron.

      July 6, 2012 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • You're stupid

      I find it absurd you call others trash because they don't agree with you. Then in the same message call Zimmerman names such as a vigilant. Is it ok for you to condemn others for their thoughts and belief but it's justifiable for you to spew your thoughts and judge others?

      July 6, 2012 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • lmao

      He will get off, he can prove defense. Duh read the files.

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

      My money's on Karma. Bad Karma is justice you can never avoid or outrun or make up for.

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

      Thank you @ Tired of Cowards. You're right. The "old west" thinking I see on this site is going to get us all killed.
      Grow up people.

      July 6, 2012 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Risse

      I'm praying for Karma instead!!!

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

      Its funny how worked up people get when you make a general comment directed towards racists, the only way to have a problem with your statement is if you're a racist. Thank you for identifying yourselves

      July 6, 2012 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • TeaPartyShouldDIAF

      @JennyMay far from it. I've followed this case since the huff first started coverage. I reserved passing judgement until the facts became more clear. The media skewed this story in such a way it should be considered criminal. I see this as a tragic incident but from the *facts* I've seen with my own eyes. Not heard from some storyteller trolling the CNN comment boards like your little friend that is "Tired of Cowards". This is not the racially motivated case you people seem to want it to be. It doesn't seem like vigilante justice at all. When you get behind someone that is spewing misinformation you just make yourself seem ignorant. Do your homework before posting rather than rely on the storytellers.

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

    America is tired of racial sensitiveness. A black is a thug/is a drug user/is a thief on the making. It is what it is, people. Thousands of years of neglect is not going to turned them in civilized citizens overnight. Look at what is happening in Africa....worse than animals.

    July 6, 2012 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • monkap1000

      It's a comfort that in a few decades changing demographics will render the likes of you irrelevant, if you aren't already

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

      Have you ever been to any African country to judge what is happening in Africa, you fool. I bet some African can buy you as slave buddy boy. Your judgement is based on what you see on TV you ignoramus.

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

      "Changing demographics" are going to create a US with a whole lot more George Zimmermans and fewer Trayvon Martins.

      So I wouldn't be getting too excited about those changes. Blacks are going to decline as a percentage of the population, and neither the asians or hispanics whose numbers are going up are likely to be more tolerant of black thugs than whites have been so far.

      July 6, 2012 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
  3. breaking news

    now that a blow to the head is a legitimate reason to fatally shoot someone, all boxers will be allowed to carry guns to the ring. kids ages 5 and up are also allowed to bring a gun in the event that someone throws juice at them and they need protection.

    more details later.

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

      scary thought.

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

      comparing boxing to street fight, not the same. One blow to head if done can kill. I carry a firearm, someone come after me yes I put him down.

      July 6, 2012 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • lmao

      @breaking news, yes moron a blow to the head can be considered life threatening such as having your head slammed into the concrete dummy!!!!

      July 6, 2012 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Richard Roe

      So how many times do we get to bounce your skull off a sidewalk before you decide it's a bad idea?

      July 6, 2012 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Realitylover

    Stay Classy Sarah!!!! LOL!! So much FAIL!

    July 6, 2012 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Jeff

    "I'm assuming your feel wronged by a young African American male" I feel wronged by millions of them. Just look at our inner cities. What they did to our country is "wrong". What they do when they organize anti-white flash mobs and assault innocent whites is "wrong". They're wrong, period.

    July 6, 2012 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
  6. djipw

    Take them where?

    July 6, 2012 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Reneé Stephanie

    Your comment (possibly made in jest) just set the Black community back 200 years... seriously?! c'mon people!

    July 6, 2012 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
  8. 666

    Way to go George!

    July 6, 2012 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Jeff

    Free bananas in liberal-run supermarkets once the monkeys start to riot

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

      Jeff, suggest you move to Germany; in lets say 1938.

      July 6, 2012 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
  10. J

    I think it is amazing how people can get onto a web site and use words that are racial. Calling a dead child names is simply awful!!! Its even more amazing how they will do that online but im sure they dont have the balls to say it out in public. Hope for your sake you never have to feel the pain his parents are feeling at this point. Your should be ashamed.

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

      Dead child? He was a grown man. @ age 17 he can join the military, move out of his parents home and marry without consent.

      July 6, 2012 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
  11. DaveinPA

    I think much will come out about how unstable and mentally disturbed Zimmerman is. He belongs behind bars for now.

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

      Are you some sort of psychic psychologist? Zimmerman may well have some mental issues. Who doesn't? I'm pretty sure reading a few articles on this case doesn't qualify you to make a diagnosis though.

      July 6, 2012 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Gary Lynch

    Zimmerman will be found innocent of charges as he should be under the Florida "Stand Your Ground" Law which states that you do not have to retreat from a confrontation and have the right to use deadly force. He will however be convicted of the stiffest penalty allowable for perjury to keep the black communities from rioting and destroying their own neighborhoods much like the LA Riots.

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

      Garry- That is possible. However, playing devil's advocate, can you claim stand your ground when you are the initial aggressor? Zimmerman was tailing Martin. You have 911 calls, from Zimmerman himself, stating as much. Put yourself in Martin's shoes. He is walking alone, at night, spies someone following him. Tries to flee, dropping his phone. The pursuer gets out of his vehicle and starts to chase him. He doesn't see him stop because he is running from him. When when he thinks the coast is clear he returns to get his phone and finds his pursuer waiting for him. Seems that Martin's actions were done in defense of his own well being.

      Is that what happened? Its a possibility. Could easily have been a misunderstanding by both parties. Each feeling that they were defending themselves. However, Zimmerman's following Martin and getting out of his vehicle to give chase could easily be seen as aggression. Sadly, the other party involved is not here to tell his side or what was going through his mind that night.

      July 6, 2012 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Paul

    Just let the man go free already! I am sure he saved someone from getting robbed and/or killed in the future from that little Martin kid!! Martin was a future career criminal in the making, just like the majority of all Black Folk in America!!!!!!

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

      there might be a kernel of truth to that, not sure.

      July 6, 2012 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • tammi

      your a stupid IRRELEVANT MAN . its funny how everybody treats all of the african american community the same because of ONE persons action . before you say something so politically unjust , research look up the facts . you might just learn something .

      July 6, 2012 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Me

    So after all of the lying, this morning his attorney comes out and says that they can't afford to get 'anywhere close' to the amount of money needed to free him...and now he's out...wow, he's one shady guy.

    July 6, 2012 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Greg Kells

    They forgot to mention that he is a White Hispanic. Come on CNN, how are we gonna incite racial hatred if you don't give us the bait?

    July 6, 2012 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
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