It appears that George Zimmerman has gotten another chance at freedom again.
In another questionable turn of events, Judge Kenneth Lester ordered George Zimmerman, who will soon stand trial for murdering unarmed teen Trayvon Martin, to be released from jail on $1 million bail.
News One reports:
In a bond hearing that began last Friday, Zimmerman’s defense attorney Mark O’Mara argued that Zimmerman shouldn’t be kept in jail because he had a strong self-defense case. On Thursday morning, Judge Lester validated O’Mara’s defense by setting Zimmerman’s bond. Almost immediately, O’Mara reportedly responded that the Zimmermans had the $211,000 needed to pay the bond company for Zimmerman’s release.
At the time, Shellie claimed that they were practically destitute, even though they were reportedly collecting $1,000 a day through his website. George also misled the courts when it came time to turn in his passports, withholding a second valid passport from the judge.
Consequently, in Thursday’s written 9-page statement, Judge Lester labeled the defendant a “manipulator”:
By any definition, the defendant has flaunted the system,” Lester wrote. “It appears to this court that the defendant is manipulating the system for his own benefit.
Obviously, Judge Lester’s criticism is hollow since he went ahead and granted the dubious George bail a second time.
One has to wonder whether Judge Lester is biased in this case. It is one thing to grant a murderer bail, because obviously, he isn’t being judged on his crime of killing a random teen but on whether he is a flight risk. It is another matter to grant him bail, after it is clear that he purposely lied to the court and withheld pertinent information.