Oh, this could get even uglier… it seems that George Zimmerman’s trials are not over.
In what is the completely obvious and right thing to do, attorney for George Zimmerman will be back in court to ask the state of Florida to reimburse George Zimmerman the hundreds of thousands of dollars he had to pay for his legal defense.
The defense feels that since Zimmerman was acquitted of any wrongdoing he should not have to be burdened with the price of paying for his defense. The state will likely try not to reimburse the Zimmerman team the full amount billed by the defense, but it’s a losing battle. “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.”
The effort to have his legal fees covered will likely reignite some of the anger last felt earlier this summer when Zimmerman was acquitted of the murder of Trayvon Martin. The case focused national attention on Florida and its “Stand your Ground” laws, even though Zimmerman’s defense did not use stand your ground as its defense.
For Zimmerman the legal troubles may not be over. Ben Jealous of the NAACP has gathered well over a million signatures in an attempt to convince the Justice Department to file charges for civil rights violations against Zimmerman. The idea is that when Zimmerman followed and then killed Martin it was racially motivated, and because of that, he was violating Martin’s civil rights. Interestingly, while his defense did not use “Stand your ground” to defend Zimmerman – they may now use it to fend off a civil suit. Florida’s “Stand your Ground” law states “that a person whose self defense claim is found lawful “is immune from criminal prosecution and civil action for the use of such self defense.”
That’s not all that Zimmerman will be concerned with over the course of the next few years (and even the rest of his life), as he is now a target for vigilantism from any of the millions of people who believe he was unjustly acquitted. Whatever George Zimmerman thought his life would be like… it will likely never be what he imagined.
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