As he indicated during the five-week murder trial, George Zimmerman’s lawyer Mark O’Mara said he is preparing to ask the state of Florida to reimburse the acquitted Zimmerman for $200,000 to $300,000 of his legal expenses.
Since the law requires Florida to pay all legal costs—minus attorney fees—for acquitted defendants, O’Mara told the Orlando Sentinel that he is preparing a motion to ask Circuit Judge Debra S. Nelson to authorize the payments.
The motion, he said, “is in the works,” estimating it would total $200,000 to $300,000.
That’s in addition to the $902,000 that public agencies spent on Zimmerman’s five-week second-degree murder trial that ended July 13.
Of course, the 29-year-old Zimmerman was found not guilty of second-degree murder or manslaughter by a six-member Seminole County jury for the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin, an unarmed black high-school junior.
In the time leading up to the trial, Zimmerman solicited donations from the public for his legal fees. Back in May, after raising more than $314,000 over five months to defend himself, his team’s fundraising website reported that Zimmerman had received over $12,000 in just 24 hours after public appeal.
The money to Zimmerman’s team would come from the Judicial Administrative Commission, the state agency that pays non-lawyer legal expenses of indigent defendants.
O’Mara said he would expect the commission to challenge many of the costs.
“That’s where the fight is,” he said.
O’Mara has said Zimmerman hasn’t paid him a cent of the estimated $1 million that the Orlando Sentinel calculated he is likely owed at his billing rate of $400 an hour. That amount doesn’t include the rate for his co-counsel Don West, who bills at $350 an hour, or O’Mara’s partner, Lorna Truett.
In the meantime, Zimmerman once again gave the public reason to call his judgment into question when he went to the manufacturer of the Kel-Tech 9-mm pistol — the gun he used to kill Martin in February 2012— to apparently shop for a rifle. He was given a tour of the facility by the owner’s son and posed for at least one picture with an employee.
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This is outrageous, because the people had nothing to do with Zimmerman's choice to shoot Trevon. In the Zebra's old book, for every Black that was killed in the south back in the days of horrible racism, this Black Secret Society would kill a White. This is what slowed down the violence against Blacks for awhile, but now it seems like we may have to re-institute the Zebra's tactics. In Louisiana, a young Black Man was handcuffed, but supposedly shot himself, with a 25 automatic. The Coroners office said he shot himself in the back, but the report his parents released to the press shows where he was shot in the upper right corner of his chest. As Fannie Lou Hammer said, "I am sick and tired of being sick and tired of hearing of so many of our young Black Males being murdered by the local Police. NO ZIMMERMAN, you need to pay your own attorney fees……
I saw this bull about a handcuffed (behind his back) man —shooting himself in the back while in the back seat of the police car. For real????
My Grandfather was George Jackson, please check your in-box Velma. I left you a message in the "other" in-box and sent you a friend request. I heard from my cousin Antonio Matthews.