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Zimmerman's bail set at $1M in Trayvon Martin case

By Mike Schneider

Associated Press


ORLANDO, Fla. >> The neighborhood watch volunteer who killed Trayvon Martin can be released from jail on $1 million bond while he awaits trial on a second-degree murder charge, a judge ruled Thursday.

Circuit Judge Kenneth Lester granted bond to George Zimmerman for a second time. Lester had revoked Zimmerman's $150,000 bond last month after prosecutors told the judge Zimmerman and his wife misled the court about how much money they had during an April bond hearing.

Prosecutors said a website Zimmerman created for his legal defense had raised $135,000 at the time of his first bond hearing. Zimmerman and his wife did not mention the money then, and Shellie Zimmerman even said the couple had limited resources because she was a student and he wasn't working.

The judge made his decision after listening last week to Zimmerman's attorney and a forensic financial analyst explain why he wasn't more forthcoming.

The judge expressed his unhappiness with Zimmerman and said that his actions suggest a possibility that he was preparing to flee to avoid prosecution.

"Under any definition, the defendant has flaunted the system," Lester wrote in the order. "The defendant has tried to manipulate the system when he has been presented the opportunity to do so."

Lester said he was granting bond because Zimmerman posed no threat to the community, and Florida law requires that most defendants receive bond if they pose no threat and can assure their presence for trial. The judge's order requires Zimmerman to be electronically monitored and residing in Seminole County, prohibits him from opening a bank account or obtaining a passport and implements a 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. curfew. Zimmerman had been allowed to leave Florida under the conditions of his first bond release.

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TigerEye wrote:
"Under any definition, the defendant has flaunted the system," Lester wrote in the order. Under any definition, "flaunted" does not mean "flouted."
on July 5,2012 | 08:53AM
honolulugal wrote:
You got me curious, TigerEye. I agreed with you until I found that using the word "flaunt" as a verb without an object is as you said. But using the verb, "flaunt" with an object is correcy the way that Judge Lester used it. I am surprised as you are. Good eye, TigerEye. :-). "to ignore or treat with disdain: He was expelled for flaunting military regulations."
on July 5,2012 | 10:41AM
TigerEye wrote:
Aloha: Following is a typical definition/usage explanation: "flaunting·ly adv. Usage Note: Flaunt as a transitive verb means "to exhibit ostentatiously": She flaunted her wealth. To flout is "to show contempt for": She flouted the proprieties. For some time now flaunt has been used in the sense "to show contempt for," even by educated users of English. This usage is still widely seen as erroneous and is best avoided." P.S.: Thanks for the new insights. Seriously. Have a great day.
on July 5,2012 | 01:50PM
honolulugal wrote:
Yes, thank you, TigerEye. I see that now. Oh, I have always loved English class. I was one of the few who loved diagraming. Lol I would love for you to keep watching out for those things. Honestly, I couldn't help but look it up for myself. I guess Judge Lester might be from the old school. I really need to look him up. I would have guessed just like you, as I said, but then being interested in grammer, etc. I just had to see for myself, just because a Judge said it. Not many folks these days would care. You, too, have a great day, and thank you really a bunch. :-)
on July 5,2012 | 03:05PM
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