PSA Warns Against Violence Over Zimmerman Trial Verdict

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.


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  • Sandy248

    How much would a public defender had been paid?

  • Gell0h0h

    Not the African Americans justice system.

  • I thought he is so afraid he’s hiding and his family is receiving threats!!!! If this is so why is he out taking pictures with gun sellers and traveling to Texas? Why are his parents telling Barbara Walters that they are in hiding and he’s not? Why doesn’t he use all that free money that donors gave him at his website? What happened to all that? He feels that he should get away with killing a child who was doing nothing but going home and he should be rich to boot! He makes me physically ill just looking at his picture.

  • Aria

    After this whole ordeal I will definitely look for another place to live after college. I am currently in Florida and surprised/not surprised at the same time. Racial tension and ignorance is alive here. Not to mention Florida lacks a working moral compass that would defend an unarmed teenager who was killed. People here have their heads stuck in the sand that they literally believe that Zimmerman did the right thing. SMH. There goes our taxes.