So let’s get this straight: a man who followed another person on the street, instigated contact, then escalated the contact and shot that person dead in the street was just granted $150,000 bail.
How does that sound?
Yet, recall back in February this year when Dr. Conrad Murray, found guilty in the death of pop icon Michael Jackson, was denied bail and considered a danger to society? His crime: negligent administration of a pain medicine using a bulky medical device.
Meanwhile, Marissa Alexander, a Black woman in neighboring Duval County, FL, sits up in a Jacksonville detention facility awaiting a pre-trial hearing. She didn’t kill anyone, merely fired her gun in the air, defending herself from an abusive husband. She plead the same “Stand-Your-Ground” law used by Zimmerman as a defense, but prosecutors (Angela Corey among them) weren’t having it. Yet, she may have been in a position where she had no choice but to defend herself.
Conservatives who might applaud this recent bail decision for Zimmerman (simply because they want to spite the likes of Rev. Al Sharpton and “leftist” company), should also be running to the aid of Ms. Alexander. No word on that, yet.
A little over an hour ago, Florida Judge Kenneth Lester denied the request of George Zimmerman’s attorney, Mark O’Mara, for a $15,000 bond, and set it higher to $150K bail.
Why bail is even set at all is a mystery. Especially after considering Zimmerman’s past history of domestic violence and his assault of a police officer in a night club.
Zimmerman, who confessed to killing 17-year old Trayvon Martin in a Sanford, Florida gated community and evoked Florida’s infamous “Stand your ground” self defense law, will be placed on GPS monitoring and will not be released from custody today.
During today’s bond hearing, the judge heard testimony from Zimmerman’s father, mother-in-law and wife who tried to support why Zimmerman is not a flight risk.
“I’ve never known him to be violent at all unless he was provoked, and then he would turn the other cheek,” Zimmerman’s father Robert told the court. “He’s been honest his whole life.”
The judge also will permit Zimmerman leave the state because his attorney said the 28-year old former watch captain of the community – where Martin’s father and girlfriend lived – feared for his life.
Interestingly enough, Zimmerman was wearing a suit – rather than the standard orange jumpsuit accorded to defendants in a typical bond hearing. A random search of bond hearings shows infamous accused child-killer Casey Anthony wearing a jumpsuit; even Conrad Murray had to wear a jumpsuit. The jump suit at the bond hearing is the rite of passage for any criminal defendant.
Zimmerman, however, got the pass on that and was given a fully sympathetic treatment.
Still blasting airwaves, however, is the New Black Panther Party’s $10,000 bounty for Zimmerman’s capture.
Needless to say, there are many in the blogsphere and among the public screaming foul. Either some sort of double standard is at play or the judge – not unlike many judges overseeing high profile cases – wants to thumb his nose at the publicity and the activism. Stay tuned …