Saturday, June 2, 2012

Has George Zimmerman ruined his credibility with a future jury?

Now that George Zimmerman has been caught lying on tape, the question must be asked whether he has ruined his credibility with a future jury. Groundbreaking changes shook the case against the 28-year-old former self-appointed neighborhood watch member, who is accused of shooting 17-year-old, unarmed Trayvon Martin to death on February 26, 2012. Jailhouse videotapes recorded conversations before George Zimmerman and his wife, Shelly, where they conspired to hide the true amount of money in the couple’s possession as well as an additional U.S. passport that didn’t expire until 2014. Now, it must be questioned whether a jury will find Zimmerman’s account of self-defense untruthful as he has proved himself to withhold facts and lie to the court.

Whether the jury will overlook the transgression, or justify that being guilty of lying doesn’t equate murder remains to be seen, and will ultimately be determined once the trial gets underway. If anything, however, we can see that the prosecution scored major points yesterday, and George Zimmerman, will not be using his U.S. passport anytime soon, as he must return to jail by Sunday afternoon.

Judge Kenneth Lester ordered Zimmerman back into custody, “At this time we place him on no bond status. Find that good cause exists based upon the material misrepresentations that the court relied upon. Order him to surrender himself within 48 hours to the sheriff of Seminole county.”

The fact that the funds raised on George Zimmerman’s website escaped his attorney’s notice and wasn’t brought up during the bond hearing is one that poses concern, as it was common knowledge that Zimmerman established the website. It has been estimated that Zimmerman has raised between $150,000 and $200,000 on his website.
View the video below where the Young Turks discussed Zimmerman’s website well before the bond hearing took place on April 20, 2012.

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