George Zimmerman, the man who stalked and shot an unarmed teenager to death, believes the state of Florida should reimburse him for the expenses he incurred defending himself at trial. It’s not enough that he wasn’t even initially charged with a crime or that he was acquitted for killing 17 year-old Trayvon Martin by a majority-white jury. He feels the state should front the bill for his defense as well.
Zimmerman and his legal team believe they deserve the refund because Zimmerman wasn’t found guilty. They’re asking for up to $300,000 from the state of Florida to reimburse money spent on fees for travel, expert witnesses, court reporters for depositions and the like.
And the law supports this. According to The Sentinel, a Florida law dictates that a defendant who is acquitted is not liable for costs associated with the case:
“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.”
America, this is your justice system at work.