Circuit Judge Kenneth Lester Jr. Sets New George Zimmerman Bond at $1 Million … Makes Rather Personal Opinions During Ruling


Once again George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch individual who has been charged with second degree murder of Trayvon Martin has been granted bond again.

Circuit Court Judge Kenneth Lester Jr. set bond today for George Zimmerman for $1 million. Wow, $1 million is rather steep as compared to the initial bond that was provided. The judge deemed Zimmerman a flight risk. According to Zimmerman’s attorney, they have enough in Zimmerman’s legal defense fund to put up 10% of the bond for George Zimmerman’s release.

Zimmerman’s Bond … One Million Dollars!!!

A judge Thursday ordered George Zimmerman, the Neighborhood Watch volunteer who shot and killed Trayvon Martin, released on $1 million bail but called the defendant a manipulator and said it appeared he had been preparing to flee the country.

It was not clear how long it would take the 28-year-old Zimmerman to arrange his release. It could be soon.

He has enough money. In a blog post Thursday evening, defense attorney Mark O’Mara wrote that he would be working to free Zimmerman over the next several hours and would dip deeply into a legal defense fund that has a balance of $211,000, more than enough to cover the 10-percent non-refundable portion charged by most bonding companies.

However, to hear this judge talk I really have to wonder just how fair a trial that Zimmerman is going to receive. Does this judge have a built in prejudice against Zimmerman because of the misrepresentation that he an his wife did with regards to their funds in the first bond hearing?

The original bond was set at $150,000, now it is at $1,000,000. That is not the most disturbing thing that Judge Lester did, however. Will Zimmerman be allowed to leave Seminole County? Judge Lester comments comparing Zimmerman not being a threat to the community vs. anti-Zimmerman protesters having been “to this point” non-violent were absurd. Last time I checked Zimmerman did not make death threats and put a bounty on the Martin family. The same can not be said of the New Black Panther party and their $10,000 bounty they put on Zimmerman’s head. Of course the authorities did nothing about that.

Last time, the judge was more liberal, allowing him to live out of state at a secret location so long as he kept in touch with Seminole County probation officers who knew his whereabouts, monitored his movements via satellite and with phone checks every three days.

Zimmerman is not a threat to the community, the judge wrote, nor are pro-Trayvon protesters a threat to him.

“All demonstrations to this point have been non-violent and peaceful,” the judge wrote.

So what is to be made of Judge Lester’s comments regarding George Zimmerman? For a judge who is only commenting and making a decision on bond with an entire trial to go, this is rather questionable behavior be the judge. The judge made some rather personal opinions in the ruling that really has no place in law. We shall see what comes of this.

Order Setting Bail can be read HERE.

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  • Comments

    7 Responses to “Circuit Judge Kenneth Lester Jr. Sets New George Zimmerman Bond at $1 Million … Makes Rather Personal Opinions During Ruling”

    1. A Texas Grandfather on July 5th, 2012 10:33 pm

      I think the picture of “Goldfinger” says it all.

      This is all about persecution of a citizen by a court. The court just wants the money. Ten times the original bond is evidence of the persecution.

    2. WEBIII on July 6th, 2012 6:15 am

      Anybody that said you could not get railroaded like this in America well guess what, you can and G.Z. is proof of it. I have never saw anything like this case. It is the PC police on steroids.

      Question, why was we giving the Iranians a hard time for holding those 3 so called hikers when they caught them tresspassing in their country? This case is just as outrages and it is happening right here in front of our courts eyes.

    3. Scared Monkeys on July 6th, 2012 6:23 am

      Something just seems so far out of whack in this case. Turning a blind eye to the our-right public threats made by the NBPP but Zimmerman is evil. I reeks of Zimmerman being made the sacrificial lamb because Seminole county is too afraid of finding him not guilty.

    4. FlightRisk on July 6th, 2012 9:03 am

      The judge has lost it! If he was a flight risk he would have left already!!! This is the only way the judge can impose pretrial punishment on a man he’s already judged, but knows is going to walk.

    5. PublicEnemy2u on July 6th, 2012 1:37 pm

      better to be judged by 12 than carried by six …
      ole George better save some of that money for an anal reconstuction when he gets out..what Bubba wants, Bubba gets ….

    6. NG Boston on July 7th, 2012 8:39 am

      George Zimmerman is indeed, the sacrificial Lamb in Seminole County.

      IMO, there is no way in hell Zimmerman is going to receive a fair trial.

      This is a direct violation of his Constitutional Rights.

      What about the RIGHTS of George Zimmerman? I hope he has good Attorney’s, because he is going to need them.

    7. George Zimmerman’s Attorney Mark O’Mara Files Motion to Disqualify Judge Kenneth Lester in Murder Trial of Trayvon Martin | Scared Monkeys on July 14th, 2012 1:15 pm

      [...] O’Mara’s  motion stated that the judge’s comments during the second bond hearing for George Zimmerman were so over the top, bias, self-serving manipulations, gratuitous and [...]

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