O’Mara: Zimmerman’s failure to disclose over $200K in donations an “oversight”

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George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch volunteer accused of wrongly killing Trayvon Martin, will not immediately have to turn over donations made to his website, a Florida judge said Friday.

Zimmerman collected about $204,000 in donations through the website, but did not disclose the contributions during his bond hearing last week, according to his attorney, Mark O’Mara.

Assistant State Attorney Bernie de la Rionda asked Judge Kenneth Lester Jr. to increase Zimmerman’s $150,000 bond. But the judge said he would delay ruling on the request, in part because he does not know if he has authority to say how the money can be used.

Lester and O’Mara both said they are concerned about releasing the names of donors to Zimmerman, who has faced threats since the case began making national headlines in March.

“My fear is they may well be targeted for reprisals or animosities or whatever,” O’Mara told reporters after the hearing.

Zimmerman’s family testified last week at his bond hearing that they did not have the kind of resources that would have been necessary to meet the prosecution’s suggested $1 million bond.

Zimmerman, 28, was released Monday on $150,000 bail, 10% of which was put up to secure his release while he awaits trial on a second-degree murder charge in Martin’s February 26 death.

About $5,000 from the website contribution was used in making bond, O’Mara said. The rest came from a loan secured by a family home.

Although Zimmerman spent some of the contributions on living expenses, about $150,000 remains, O’Mara said Friday. O’Mara said he has put the money into a trust he controls until a final decision is made about its use.

Lester asked for additional information about the accounts but did not indicate when he would rule.

“I’m not going to make a snap decision,” Lester said.

Also during Friday’s hearing, Lester declined to consider a gag order requested by prosecutors, saying it was premature and that none of the attorneys in the case had said anything to concern him so far. CNN was among the media organizations opposing the motion.

O’Mara said he learned about the money on Wednesday as he and Zimmerman were trying to shut down Zimmerman’s website, Facebook page and Twitter account to avoid concerns about possible impersonators and other problems.

“He asked me what to do with his PayPal accounts, and I asked him what he was talking about,” O’Mara told CNN’s Anderson Cooper on Thursday. “He said those were the accounts that had the money from the website he had. And there was about … $204,000 that had come in to date.”

O’Mara had said earlier this month that he believed Zimmerman had no money.

Asked whether knowledge of the money might have made a difference to Lester, who presided at Zimmerman’s bond hearing, O’Mara said, “It might have.”

O’Mara could not explain why Zimmerman didn’t disclose the funds, but said he didn’t think his client had meant to deceive anyone.

“If that was an oversight by him, then it was. And quite honestly, with everything he’s going through for the past several weeks, if that’s the only oversight he’s committed, we’ll deal with it, Judge Lester will deal with it,” he said.

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Florida judge rejects bail hike for Trayvon Martin’s killer
Needs more information about Zimmerman fund raising

SANFORD, Florida (Reuters) – A Florida judge rejected a prosecution request to raise the bond for George Zimmerman on Friday, after it was disclosed that the man charged with murdering unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin had received about $200,000 from anonymous donors to fund his defense.

“I’m not going to make a snap decision,” Circuit Court Judge Kenneth Lester Jr. said during a hearing in Sanford, the central Florida town where 17-year-old Martin was shot dead by Zimmerman in February.

He spoke after Prosecutor Bernardo de la Rionda said the disclosure by Zimmerman’s lawyer on Thursday that donors had contributed “just over $200,000″ to his defense meant that the amount of his bond should be reconsidered.

Lester said he needed more information about Zimmerman’s fund-raising before he could agree to any request for reconsideration of the bond.

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161 Responses to “O’Mara: Zimmerman’s failure to disclose over $200K in donations an “oversight””

  1. 153

    ilovebeeswarzone

    IVAN
    behave yourself please,
    there is a lot more to do on the subject,
    we must focus, new things are coming,
    and he is in prison for the money sake,
    human been don’t count any more for them,
    when you get mad enough to send someone in the jail because of number of money,
    it has become troubling,
    good that the EMERITUS DERSHOWITZ IS LOOKING AFTER HIS CASE,
    HE IS THE LIGHTENING ROD FOR WHO IS NASTY AND HAS BAD INTENT,

  2. 155

    Mike O’Malley

    @retire05:

    Thank you Retire05.

    So this how it is playing out? Corey sandbags George Zimmerman by way manipulating evidence and put’s Zimmerman’s wife in jeopardy of imprisonment for lying. All the while Corey’s indictment, the very device that forced Zimmerman into custody to begin with, is a tissue of lies and dishonesty itself?

    One may wonder whether Corey’s benevolence and professionalism will extend to slipping Mrs. Zimmerman a unregistered gun with a single bullet so she can kill herself after her husband, having pleading down to a manslaughter charge to protect his wife, is knifed to death in prison. Sybrina Fulton will then have her “Justice for Trayvon” (A twofer) and Angela Corey can run for governor or for the US Senate!

    Maybe not. Even Mike Nifong didn’t lose control like this!

    “State Attorney Angela Corey, the prosecutor in the George Zimmerman case, recently called the Dean of Harvard Law School to complain about my criticism of some of her actions.

    She was transferred to the Office of Communications and proceeded to engage in a 40-minute rant, during which she threatened to sue Harvard Law School, to try to get me disciplined by the Bar Association and to file charges against me for libel and slander.”

    If Angela Corey were to sue, under New York Times Co. v. Sullivan., the plaintiff, Angela Corey, is a public official. Therefore Corey as plaintiff must establish that the defendants, Alan Dershowitz and Harvard University, acted with actual malice with clear and convincing evidence. This high threshold will be impossible for Corey to meet. She should know this. Corey may be on her way to becoming a laughing stock. If she were to bring such a suit I wouldn’t be surprised to see Corey end up reimbursing Alan Dershowitz’s and Harvard University’s legal fees.

  3. 156

    ilovebeeswarzone

    Mike O’Malley
    hi,
    I can imagine COREY against a 50 years experience EMERITUS DERSHOWITZ,
    SHE WOULD REGRET HER MOVE ALL HER LIFE,
    AND THE HARVARD UNIVERSITY, OH MY, WE JUST LEARNED SOME SIDE OF HER,
    WHICH DOESN’T LOOK GOOD FOR HER
    BYE

  4. 158

    retire05

    @Mike O’Malley:

    Angela Corey has just proven that she is nothing more than a polical animal. This was a local case, just as thousands of similar cases are every year, but she obvioiusly thought that since she was appointed as Special Prosecutor, she could milk it for the fame it would bring her since she was fully aware that Al Sharpton/Jesse Jackson and Benjamin Crump, who she certainly would have been familiar with, were all involved.

    So she meets with the Martin/Fulton Pity Party and holds a prayer meeting and declares that she will seek “justice for Trayvon.” What followed was a filed affidavit that was not worthy of a first year law student, and she got called down on it by a highly respected Harvard law professor who has forgotten more about the law than she will ever know. Ouch. But Corey didn’t like being criticized and so she thought that she could intimidate both Dershowitz and Harvard Law into silencing Dershowitz who has been critical of her every action. Now Dershowitz has hit her with both barrels and it is going to leave a mark. When your prosecutorial actions are so bad that they garner the notice of a Harvard Law professor, you are going to go down like a rock.
    Her best move now may be to apologize to Dershowitz or he just may get involved in the case himself just to knock her down a peg or two. Paybacks can be a b!tch.

    Oh, she won’t sue, Mike, she’ll just whine and complain about how she, a public figure, is being demonized, all the while she fabricates her case against George Zimmerman and withholds publishing evidence to back up her claims (like George Zimmerman’s credit union statement and only providing the court with a edited phone conversation).

    Someone should sent her the case history of another prosecutor who thought they had a airtight case against some Duke LaCross players.

  5. 159

    jimrtex

    @retire05:

    Was the State paying her (and her phone bill) for her 40-minute phone rant to Harvard?

    Maybe Rick Scott can remind state employees to be frugal with their personal use of state resources.

  6. 161

    ilovebeeswarzone

    jimrtex
    check the new POST ON ANGELA COREY THREATEN SUIT ON DERSHOWITZ……
    WOW, THAT ANGELA LEFT SOME PEOPLE ANGRY, BY HER WAY OF OPERATING.
    BYE

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