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5:17pm April 20, 2012

Where’s George Zimmerman’s Orange Jumpsuit?

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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.

Riiiight.

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.

Got it.

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 …



About the Author

Jeneba Ghatt
Jeneba Jalloh Ghatt represents small, women, and minority owned business and technology companies at The Ghatt Law Group LLC, the nations’ first communications law firm owned by women and minorities. She's won landmark cases on behalf of her clients which include national civil rights and public interest organizations. In addition to actively authoring several blogs, being a radio show host and sitting on the boards of three non-profits, she is a tech junkie who has been developing online web content since the very early years of the Internet, 1991 to be precise! Follow her on Twitter at @Jenebaspeaks, on her blog, Jenebaspeaks, which covers the intersection of politics and technology or on her Politics of Raising Children blog at The Washington Times Communities section.




 
 

 
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26 Comments


  1. What does the Conrad Murray bond hearing have to do with the GZ bong hearing? They're in two different states with different rules. Or the NBPP "bounty" on GZ?

    I'm not sure if I consider this a full "article" but maybe it would have been more appropriate to actually include actual research, or possibly comment from an attorney, judge, or legal expert familiar with Florida or Seminole County to comment on what the parameters for determining what defendants wear to these hearings? That would have provided for an informed piece, rather than a frustrated, surface depth venting post.


    • Royce

      Hold that thought and let's see how much time he gets if any. He can make a statement yet Trayvon's attorney can't question him? He was arrested before for assault on a cop yet the Judge could care less? If it was a Black male who did that and then went on to shoot and kill someone NO WAY is his bond set at 150K No way in hell.


  2. Impartial Spectator

    This whole case is a joke and the State has no more info to offer beyond what we already know.It will be thrown out or Zimm will be found not guilty due to lack of hard evidence.Corey should be fired for this unethical irresponsible fiasco.


    • Observer

      Impartial huh? You don't sound impartial at all. You do not have all the evidence in this case except for what you see in the media, you don't have all exhibits of either side, you weren't at the scene yet you assume to know all the evidence. It's pretty clear you are partial to Zimmerman's side. We don't know what's going on – all that some people are suspecting is that this might not be a fair shake for Martin's family which I don't know if it's true or not..


      • Impartial Spectator

        I have all the relevant information based on todays proceedings. The lead investigator sat there under oath and admitted that they didn't have any direct evidence on the major crucial parts of the case to contradict Zimmermans account, who started the fight or who confronted whom. They'll argue minor points and will get nowhere and remind me of the speculative arguments used to convict t minorities(of which Zimmerman happens to be) for years.


  3. t-t-t-t

    Jeneba Ghatt, honestly, your entire article is full of sh*t! You barely got one fact straight. Shameful.


  4. Devon

    Following a person is not instigating contact. You can keep you distance and still not make contact with a person. GZ had the right to observe TVM’s presence in the neighborhood. If TVM approached and asked GZ why he was following him, then TVM was the instigator, why can’t you and others wait until the official evidence has been release? I have not seen released evidence as to what transpired after the initial contact was made between TVM and GZ. Shame on you for trivializing TVM was shot dead in the street as if GZ simply pulled the gun and shot for no reason.


  5. Devon

    . The released picture of GZ’s head bleeding was enough to tell me an altercation occurred. We have not seen any confirmed reports of TVM’s autopsy to known if George is truthful in his statement that TVM hit GZ hard enough to knock him to down onto the sidewalk and then proceed to bang his head against the sidewalk. Although, the funeral director is a witness to the fact TVM had no physical bruising or lacerations on his body. I would think this would be enough evidence to state GZ was on the loosing end of the altercation. As of today it is evident GZs head was damaged to the point of bleeding and possible contusion (could have caused GZ to loose consciousness and perhaps his life) most likely due to a physical altercation with TVM.


  6. devon

    Following a person is not instigating contact. You can keep your distance and still not make contact with a person. GZ had the right to observe TVM’s presence in the neighborhood. If TVM approached and asked GZ why he was following him, then TVM was the instigator, why can’t you and others wait until the official evidence has been release? I have not seen released evidence as to what transpired after the initial contact was made between TVM and GZ. Shame on you for trivializing TVM was shot dead in the street as if GZ simply pulled the gun and shot for no reason.


    • The Luv

      TM's girlfriend HEARD GZ approach TM and ask him what are you doing here? TM RESPONDED with why are you following me? George Zimmerman, this dude TM's never seen before, dressed in street clothes following and questioning him??? That's not instigating contact?!?!


      • Devon

        Luv,
        I know I am not the best at finding things on the internet, but I cannot find anything established by the prosecutor's on TVM's girlfriend overhearing a conversation between TVM and GZ. Could you direct me to where this is stated in an article or forum? There are many new articles within the last 24 hours that state the during GZ's attorney Mark O'Mara questioning of prosecuting investigator Dale Gilbreath gave no evidence as to who started the fight. Granted the word "fight" was used, but I can find nothing in the prosecutor's revealed evidence who made the initial contact. Key to the prosecutor's defense will be finding evidence GZ followed TVM with intent to kill.


    • M Kerby

      You got the order wrong: Trayvon turned around and asked “why are you following me?” Then Killer asked “what are you doing around here?” If someone is following you and closing in, while you are walking fast, wouldn’t that question be perfect? Shouldn’t the neighborhood watch, if indeed that was what he was attempting, have identified himself and stated why he was following him. But his answer was a question which made him sound like a hoodlum racist looking for trouble. Was or wasn’t he. I know if I was in the killers place, I would not have acted as such. Reasonable respect would have lead me differently and I would have gotten an extremely different result.
      And I have heard a large number of the same 911 call from killer so I know it hasnt been altered and he DOES ALSO SAY “F…..ING COONS”


  7. Devon

    The released picture of GZ’s head bleeding was enough to tell me an altercation occurred. We have not seen any confirmed reports of TVM’s autopsy to known if George is truthful in his statement that TVM hit GZ hard enough to knock him to down onto the sidewalk and then proceed to bang his head against the sidewalk. Although, the funeral director is a witness to the fact TVM had no physical bruising or lacerations on his body. I would think this would be enough evidence to state GZ was on the loosing end of the altercation. As of today it is evident GZs head was damaged to the point of bleeding and possible contusion (could have caused GZ to loose consciousness and perhaps his life) most likely due to a physical altercation with TVM.


    • The Luv

      If it was proof enough to you that an altercation happened, why wasn't it considered valued proof that demonstrated an altercation and take POLICE PICTURES of it? Seeing GZ's camp have come out with straight up lies on other things, I find it hard to trust the picture his neighbour/friend took.


      • Devon

        To my knowledge officials have not revealed all proof (including pictures) until the actual investigation is completed. True, there has been no certified proof that the photo taken of GZ bleeding head is real. What are that chances someone (who has been identified) would be crazy enough to give an altered photo to the authorities in such a high profile case? I have been looking into the “straight up lies and other things” you refer too. All I can find is conjecture and speculation in forums and columnist articles. To me the forum’s and columnist state the lie and others begin to believe it because it looks to be official. Nothing I have seen has been released by the authorities or prosecutors so far show the use of lies or other (misleading) things. I am open to help in locating actual proof.


  8. Devon

    When the ballistic trajectory report comes out we will most likely know if TVM was on top of GZ or GZ was on top or standing when he shot TVM. Until the ballistics report is out, you have no right to trivialize the shooting incident by simply stating GZ shot an unarmed man. Ever stop to think how devastating two fists from a 6'3" 170 lb young adult can be at close quarters and how much faster they can be deployed than a gun. We will know more when the ballistics report comes out. You would aide your readers better by reporting the facts as they are disclosed and not speculate your own or push your constituent’s apparently bias (racist) opinions.


    • Devon,

      My racist opinions, huh? Tell me this. Would YOU be making the same passionate argument in favor of Trayvon had the roles been reversed in this situation? Honestly, now, since I see you are fine with interpreting race in my piece.

      Jeneba


      • devon

        Jeneba

        I think your beginning six paragraphs formulate and inject your opinion as bias and racist. You compare two cases in which the defendants are of color, and then you precede to sway your readers they did not get fair justice as compared to the defendant that has a lighter colored skin. Your short paragraphs “How does that sound?”, “Riiiight.” and “Got it.” provide overtones of disapproval as to how the GZ/TVM case compares to the Murray and Alexander cases. You have every right to state you opinions, but to me you make a poor effort in disguising your bias and racist intent. IMO, I do not think it is responsible journalism.


      • devon

        Jeneba (more)

        If the roles were reversed and I felt TVM was getting massacred by the media with accusations before the official evidence came out…… you are darn right I would be backing TVM. Tell me, would you still print the same bias if the headlines read “Residence killed while protecting his neighborhood – Identified gang member just expelled from school for drugs says he killed neighborhood residence to protect himself”? I don’t think that headline would help TVM if the roles were reversed. Media misconception and hype like this in order to sell crappy journalism would invoke lots of anti-sentiment against persons who would post gangsta signs on their message boards.

        BTW, I think your name is way cool.


  9. TAYLORMADE4U2

    VISIT THE JUSTICE FOR TRAYVON MARTIN PAGE http://www.facebook.com/JUSTICEFORTRAVON2

    JOIN JUSTICE FOR TRAYVON MARTIN GROUP http://www.facebook.com/groups/TRAYVONMARTIN


  10. cdss

    you guys are all assuming what happen


  11. Zimmermann is a Hero

    JUSTICE FOR ZIMMERMAN!!!!!!

    Trayvon should have simply kept on walking and gone home, but no, he wanted to play Ghetto thug superstar like he was some bad-ass & got shot for his trouble by a guy just trying to help better his Community.
    Trayvon was a punk and a thug. How do I know….Just look at his twitter account(giving the bird as your profile pic,seriously dude?), suspended from school,a little pothead,already had tats at young age,thug wear and hoodies in later pics.The kid was no good and headed down the same path as his no good worthless Father who had a rap sheet longer than my arm.The World is better off without those kind of people,so no tears shed & good riddance to Trayvon who got what he deserved & Zimm probably saved the taxpayers a lot of money incarcerating this kid over the years and protected the public.
    Recent break-ins had been by young Black males in hoodies,hmmmmmm.Who knows maybe, just maybe they were by committed trayvon and his brother as they did find things in trayvons locker/back-pack consistant with robbery. Trayvon fit the profile,so Zimm was right to profile him as neighborhood watch Cpt.


  12. TAYLORMADE4U2

    He is not sorry he shot Trayvon, he is sorry he got charged. He told the Martin/Fulton family that he was sorry for their loss, as if he had nothing to do with it. He did not say sorry I shot your son, I was wrong. I don't think the family is having trouble coming up with the money, his moms said in court that she would put the house up for him. I think the reason why he is in there longer is because the are trying to make it a SAFE as possible for Zimmerman when he is released. They are treating Zimmerman and his family as if they were the victims, not the Martins.

    I know it maybe difficult for the family to do, but now is the time, if you have it, to release a family video/video of Trayvon (maybe he recorded himself on his phone, or with his girlfriend or friend). Where we can hear and see him talking/laughing, one for us supporters/people to get a better feel for him and two so that they can do a voice analysis and confirmation on that 911 tape NOW. Waiting till the end is NOT going to work. I would take every opportunity to destroy Zimmermans family (esp father and wifes) credibility (based on the lies they've told) NOW before this goes to court. We feel the pain, but you guys need to make and put out there some hard core indisputable tangible facts so that this case can be won.

    VISIT THE JUSTICE FOR TRAYVON MARTIN PAGE http://www.facebook.com/JUSTICEFORTRAVON2

    JOIN JUSTICE FOR TRAYVON MARTIN GROUP http://www.facebook.com/groups/TRAYVONMARTIN


  13. Zimm was right

    Zimm is sorry he was forced to shoot TM. Zimmerman IS the victim here,the outcome of the conflict just turned out in his favor. If a Woman kills her Rapist & kills him, you wouldn't call the rapist the victim.
    He shouldn't have got out if the car, he profiled Trayvon,he shouldn't have followed him etc.blah blah blah blah blah. Zimm was a community watch captian for a program set up and designed under the direction & with the consent of local PD. Watching is what community watch does,how esle are they supposed to catch the bad guys(trayvon fit the description of the recent people doing the break-ins who were young Negro Males wearing hoodies). He got out of the car to see where Trayvon was going and to get a number for his location which is standard practice for Community watch members. TM then decided not to go home,but rather confront and assault Zimm which got him shot. If he had wanted to simply get home and was really scared of Zimm,he could have outran Zimm very easily,but he chose the thug route and paid with his life.



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