Zimmerman Legal Fees

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Zimmerman Legal Fees
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Tue, 08-27-2013 - 12:34pm

George Zimmerman, whose acquittal in the shooting death of unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin sparked protests across the United States, will ask Florida to pay up to $300,000 of his legal expenses, his attorney told the Orlando Sentinel on Monday.

Zimmerman will rely on state law that allows a defendant who has been found not guilty to be reimbursed for costs associated with a case, the paper reported.

Mark O'Mara, attorney for the 29-year-old Zimmerman, will soon prepare a motion seeking authorization of the payments and will submit that to the judge who presided over the case, the lawyer told the Orlando Sentinel on Monday evening.

Zimmerman Legal Fees: Trayvon Martin Killer Asks State to Reimburse Legal Fees- http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/08/27/zimmerman-legal-fees_n_3820537.html?ncid=edlinkusaolp00000009

Wow.  What do you think about this?  Should Florida pay for his legal fees?

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Registered: 10-23-2001
Wed, 08-28-2013 - 7:56am

Was his attorney a public appointed one?  I don't get that state law...  Perhaps he could do what Casey Antony did, File bankruptcy? 

 

 


 


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Registered: 04-16-2009
Thu, 08-29-2013 - 8:58am

Mr. Zimmerman, having been found not quilty, is entitiled to apply for reabusement of some of his court costs, under the laws of Florida. Generally, I think it is a good law. People who have been acquited should not be financially penalized. They should be allowed the same resources in defending themselves that the state has in prosecuting them, in the interests of justice. And court costs can be extremely high, even when someone has been appointed  a lawyer.

Wheither one agrees with the verdict or not, the point is Mr. Zimmerman is entitled to apply for reabusement, like any other acquited defendant. I expect that there will be an investigation by the court into the declared expenses. It will not be a rubber stamp.

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Registered: 10-23-2001
Fri, 08-30-2013 - 8:40pm

Our justice system is screwy. And all citizens are innocent until proven guilty by a jury of their peers, This ran it's course and he was acquitted. I don't think that means an automatic pass however of fees b/c of his acquittal, there was enough evidence to try him in the begining. He could have represented himself if he wanted to, he doesn't look like an ignorant man and unless the attorney was a public appointed one (b/c he couldn't afford his own) then he rightfully owes him and the courts their dues IMO.

Aren't you in Canada iteadrinker? What is your legal system like?

 


 


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Registered: 04-16-2009
Mon, 09-02-2013 - 7:41pm

Yes, I am in Canada.

You might not know this Jam but the legal system in the US, Canadian and many other countries are based on  and derived from English Common Law.  "innocent before proven guilty" is the bedrock of English Common Law.

Our systems are therefore similar; any differences are due to our different cultures, political systems and history. (I actually find the differences very interesting, especially differences in our laws.).

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Registered: 10-17-2012
Mon, 09-16-2013 - 2:02am

Of course they should... and then a couple of million on top of that for pain and suffering.  There was never a case here... the police said that from the start.  It was only when the race merchants started pushing that the politicians caved and pressured the AG to press charges.  It was a sideshow, not a trial, and Zimmerman deserves every penny and then some for having those "creatures" put his life on the line and make a mockery of the judicial system.