George Zimmerman Attorneys Will Ask State of Florida to Cover $200K-$300K of His Legal Bills in Murder Trail in Death of Trayvon Martin
George Zimmerman to ask the state of Florida to reimburse him for certain legal fees …
Defense attorney Mark O’Mara stated that he is in the process of preparing a motion asking Circuit Judge Debra S. Nelson to authorize the payments for certain legal fees to pay for George Zimmerman’s legal defense. Florida state law allows for certain legal costs like experts witnesses, travel, depositions, etc to be reimbursed when acquitted of a crime. Florida Statute 939.06 states that a defendant who has been acquitted is not liable for any costs associated with his case and, if he or she paid anything, they would be due a refund, if approved by a judge or clerk. Attorney fees are not apart of the statute. Attorney O’Mara said that the motion will request between $200,000 to $300,000. George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch volunteer, was found not guilty by a jury in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin.
Look for the usual suspects to lose their mind when this motion is presented to the Court.
George Zimmerman, the Neighborhood Watch volunteer who killed Trayvon Martin, plans to ask the state of Florida to cover $200,000 to $300,000 of his legal expenses, his attorney told the Orlando Sentinel Monday evening.
Because Zimmerman was acquitted, state law requires Florida to pay all his legal costs, minus the biggest one: the fee that goes to his lawyers.
That includes the cost of expert witnesses, travel, depositions, photocopies, even that animated 3-D video that defense attorneys showed jurors during closing argument that depicts Trayvon punching Zimmerman.
Like it or not, according to Florida Statute 939.06 Zimmerman is entitled to be reimbursed. George Zimmerman was found “not guilty” by a jury of his peers. If the state of Florida does not like it and tries to block the motion, maybe next time they should provide more sound legal judgement and not be forced into the prosecution of an individual for political reasons. Maybe this will be a lesson to them to actually put on a case based upon fact, rather than emotion. Or maybe next time they will actually present a case.
The Sentinel reported that Zimmerman’s request would be based on a Florida law that says a defendant who’s acquitted isn’t liable for costs associated with his or her case. It must be approved by a judge or a clerk.
O’Mara told the newspaper he expects the Judicial Administrative Commission to throw up roadblocks.
“That’s where the fight is,” said O’Mara, who told the paper he’s been paid nothing by Zimmerman but has kept billing records.