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« on: April 12, 2012, 04:15:49 PM »

Please post transcripts pertaining to the case in this thread.
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« Reply #1 on: April 20, 2012, 05:07:30 PM »

http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/1204/20/cnr.02.html

CNN NEWSROOM

George Zimmerman Bond Hearing
Aired April 20, 2012 - 10:00   ET

THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.


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« Reply #2 on: April 27, 2012, 08:06:27 PM »

In-Depth Updates of Court Hearing on Friday, April 27, 2012 -- "The hearing originally set to hear arguments that the public should be granted access to court documents, records and evidence, was overshadowed by George Zimmerman's now bulging bank account."

http://www.cfnews13.com/content/news/cfnews13/news/article.html/content/news/articles/cfn/2012/4/26/attorney_zimmerman_h.html

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9:49 -- Judge Lester briefly discusses security for the trial before calling for recess. The only motion the judge ruled on was a gag order against O'Mara, which he denied.
 
9:48 -- Judge Lester grants a short sidebar with counsel to further discuss Zimmerman's account.
 
9:45 -- O'Mara says the money raised online is now in a trust account under his (O'Mara's) control. Prosecution says they appreciate O'Mara's disclosure, asking the court to address it immediately, as there is a change in circumstance. Judge Lester says he needs to see who had control over the account, along with the account's history. He will not rule until he gets more information.
 
9:40 -- O'Mara informs Judge Lester about $200,000 raised through George Zimmerman's website. He said he was not aware of that money at the bond hearing, as his client only told him about the money two days ago. Zimmerman's website is now down.
 
9:35 -- The state says they share O'Mara's concerns about the release of evidence, saying at some point, the court will have to address this. Media lawyers cite the Casey Anthony murder trial and Judge Belvin Perry's ruling that certain evidence would be unsealed after a set period of time. Judge Lester says he will take things on a case-by-case basis. Prosecutors argue the 911 calls by George Zimmerman should not have been released.
 
9:30 -- Judge Lester says he is not going to put the media on the mailing list. Issues of security will remain secret to the media. O'Mara expresses his concern about the release of some evidence before he gets a chance to look at it, himself.
 
9:25 -- Next issue: Several media outlets are looking to have certain evidence in the case. News 13 and Bay News 9 are not participating in these motions.
 
9:20 -- Motion for gag order denied. Judge Lester says he believes both sides have acted appropriately regarding talking to the media, and he will not entertain the motion "this time around."
 
9:15 -- Judge Lester enters the courtroom. State announces it has filed a motion for a gag order against defense attorney Mark O'Mara, citing concern that he has been talking too much to the media.
 
9:00 a.m. -- Waiting for Judge Kenneth Lester. In the courtroom are Zimmerman attorney Mark O'Mara, prosecutor Bernie De La Rionda, and attorney Scott Ponce, who is representing the media companies filing motions. George Zimmerman is not present, nor is anyone from the family of Trayvon Martin
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« Reply #3 on: April 28, 2012, 11:12:48 PM »

This is the FIRST part of the transcript of the George Zimmerman Bond Hearing aired on April 20, 2012.  (The SECOND part was posted previously)

http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/1204/20/cnr.01.html

CNN NEWSROOM

George Zimmerman Bond Hearing
Aired April 20, 2012 - 09:00   ET

THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.
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« Reply #4 on: May 18, 2012, 08:34:08 AM »

http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/1205/17/ijvm.01.html
CNN.com - Transcripts - Jane Velez-Mitchell - Issues

JANE VELEZ-MITCHELL

New Info Released in Trayvon Martin Case

Aired May 17, 2012
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« Reply #5 on: May 18, 2012, 09:25:49 AM »

http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/1203/22/ng.01.html
NANCY GRACE
Whitney Cause of Death Drowning, Cocaine, Heart Disease; Police Chief in the Trayvon Martin Case Steps Down
Aired March 22, 2012 - 20:00   ET

http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/1203/26/ng.01.html
NANCY GRACE
What Happened to Trayvon Martin?
Aired March 26, 2012 - 20:00   ET

http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/1203/27/ng.01.html
NANCY GRACE
New Developments in Trayvon Martin Case
Aired March 27, 2012 - 20:00   ET

http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/1203/28/ng.01.html
NANCY GRACE
Police Investigator Wanted Zimmerman Charged
Aired March 28, 2012 - 20:00   ET

http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/1203/29/ng.01.html
NANCY GRACE
Questions Raised by Police Video of George Zimmerman
Aired March 29, 2012 - 20:00   ET

http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/1203/30/ng.01.html
NANCY GRACE
Some Say Video Shows Zimmerman Injuries
Aired March 30, 2012 - 20:00   ET
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« Reply #6 on: May 18, 2012, 09:28:49 AM »

http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/1204/02/ng.01.html
NANCY GRACE
Voice Analysis Says It`s Not Zimmerman`s Screams
Aired April 2, 2012 - 20:00   ET

http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/1204/10/ng.01.html
NANCY GRACE
George Zimmerman in Hiding; Zimmerman`s Attorneys Withdraw From the Case
Aired April 10, 2012 - 20:00   ET

http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/1204/11/ng.01.html
NANCY GRACE
Zimmerman Charged With Second-Degree Murder
Aired April 11, 2012 - 20:00:00   ET

http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/1204/12/ng.01.html
NANCY GRACE
George Zimmerman Makes First Court Appearance
Aired April 12, 2012 - 20:00   ET

http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/1204/13/ng.01.html
NANCY GRACE
Zimmerman Judge Considers Recusal
Aired April 13, 2012 - 20:00   ET




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« Reply #7 on: May 18, 2012, 09:32:07 AM »

http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/1204/20/ng.01.html
NANCY GRACE
Zimmerman Takes the Stand in Bond Hearing
Aired April 20, 2012 - 20:00   ET

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« Reply #8 on: May 18, 2012, 10:03:37 AM »

http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/1203/19/ijvm.01.html
JANE VELEZ-MITCHELL
Killer of Boy, 17, Remains Uncharged
Aired March 19, 2012 - 19:00   ET

http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/1203/20/ijvm.01.html
JANE VELEZ-MITCHELL
Girlfriend Heard Fatal Confrontation
Aired March 20, 2012 - 19:00   ET

http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/1203/21/ijvm.01.html
JANE VELEZ-MITCHELL
Million Hoodie March for Trayvon
Aired March 21, 2012 - 19:00   ET

http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/1203/22/ijvm.01.html
JANE VELEZ-MITCHELL
Whitney`s Toxicology Report Released; Rally for Justice for Trayvon
Aired March 22, 2012 - 19:00   ET

http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/1203/23/ijvm.01.html
JANE VELEZ-MITCHELL
Zimmerman Lawyers Up in Trayvon Martin Shooting
Aired March 23, 2012 - 19:00   ET

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« Reply #9 on: May 18, 2012, 10:06:54 AM »

http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/1203/26/ijvm.01.html
JANE VELEZ-MITCHELL
New Info Enrages Trayvon`s Family
Aired March 26, 2012 - 19:00   ET

http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/1203/27/ijvm.01.html
JANE VELEZ-MITCHELL
New Secrets Revealed in Trayvon Martin Case
Aired March 27, 2012 - 19:00   ET

http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/1203/28/ijvm.01.html
JANE VELEZ-MITCHELL
Was an Arrest Prevented after Trayvon`s Murder?
Aired March 28, 2012 - 19:00   ET

http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/1203/29/ijvm.01.html
JANE VELEZ-MITCHELL
What Happened the Night Trayvon Was Shot?
Aired March 29, 2012 - 19:00   ET

http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/1203/30/ijvm.01.html
JANE VELEZ-MITCHELL
Witness, Shooter`s Brother Come Forward
Aired March 30, 2012 - 19:00   ET
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« Reply #10 on: May 18, 2012, 10:11:20 AM »

http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/1204/02/ijvm.01.html
JANE VELEZ-MITCHELL
New Developments in Trayvon Martin Case
Aired April 2, 2012 - 19:00   ET

http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/1204/09/ijvm.01.html
JANE VELEZ-MITCHELL
Trayvon`s Shooter Asks for Money on Web Site
Aired April 9, 2012 - 19:00   ET

http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/1204/10/ijvm.01.html
JANE VELEZ-MITCHELL
George Zimmerman`s Attorneys Quit
Aired April 10, 2012 - 19:00   ET

http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/1204/11/ijvm.01.html
JANE VELEZ-MITCHELL
George Zimmerman Charged with Second Degree Murder
Aired April 11, 2012 - 19:00   ET

http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/1204/12/ijvm.01.html
JANE VELEZ-MITCHELL
Trayvon`s Shooter Appears in Court
Aired April 12, 2012 - 19:00   ET
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http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/1204/16/ijvm.01.html
JANE VELEZ-MITCHELL
Secret Service Sex Scandal Uncovered; George Zimmerman Asks Judge to Step Aside
Aired April 16, 2012 - 19:00   ET

http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/1204/20/ijvm.01.html
JANE VELEZ-MITCHELL
George Zimmerman Released on Bail
Aired April 20, 2012 - 19:00   ET

http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/1204/23/ijvm.01.html
JANE VELEZ-MITCHELL
Girl, 6, Disappears from Bedroom; John Edwards Trial Begins; Zimmerman Free on Bail, Sheriff Resigns
Aired April 23, 2012 - 19:00   ET

http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/1204/27/ijvm.01.html
JANE VELEZ-MITCHELL
Zimmerman`s Secret Funds Revealed in Court
Aired April 27, 2012 - 19:00   ET

http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/1205/16/ijvm.01.html
JANE VELEZ-MITCHELL
Medical Records and Autopsy Leaked; The Man with the Golden Voice; Jane`s Healthy Adventure; Flesh-Eating Bacteria Strikes New Mom
Aired May 16, 2012 - 19:00   ET
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http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/1205/17/ijvm.01.html
JANE VELEZ-MITCHELL
New Info Released in Trayvon Martin Case
Aired May 17, 2012 - 19:00   ET

http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/1203/20/ddhln.01.html
DR. DREW
Outrage Over Trayvon Martin`s Murder
Aired March 20, 2012 - 21:00   ET

http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/1203/21/ddhln.01.html
DR. DREW
Trayvon Martin`s Death
Aired March 21, 2012 - 21:00   ET

http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/1203/23/ddhln.01.html
DR. DREW
Rumors around Whitney Houston`s Death Investigation; Justice for Trayvon Martin
Aired March 23, 2012 - 21:00   ET

http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/1203/26/ddhln.01.html
DR. DREW
Trayvon Martin Murder Case
Aired March 26, 2012 - 21:00   ET
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http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/1203/27/ddhln.01.html
DR. DREW
Trayvon Martin Murder Case; Interview with Bill Maher
Aired March 27, 2012 - 21:00   ET

http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/1203/28/ddhln.01.html
DR. DREW
Justice for Trayvon Martin
Aired March 28, 2012 - 21:00   ET

http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/1203/29/ddhln.01.html
DR. DREW
Trayvon Martin Murder Case; Former FLDS Member Found Guilty Of Bigamy
Aired March 29, 2012 - 21:00   ET

http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/1204/02/ddhln.01.html
DR. DREW
Trayvon Martin Murder Case
Aired April 2, 2012 - 21:00   ET

http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/1204/03/ddhln.01.html
DR. DREW
Trayvon: Digging Deeper; Racism in America
Aired April 3, 2012 - 21:00   ET
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http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/1204/09/ddhln.01.html
DR. DREW
Trayvon Martin Case
Aired April 9, 2012 - 21:00   ET

http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/1204/10/ddhln.01.html
DR. DREW
Zimmerman`s Attorneys Quit
Aired April 10, 2012 - 21:00   ET

http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/1204/11/ddhln.01.html
DR. DREW
Zimmerman in Custody, Charged with Second Degree Murder
Aired April 11, 2012 - 21:00   ET

http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/1204/12/ddhln.01.html
DR. DREW
Zimmerman Behind Bars
Aired April 12, 2012 - 21:00   ET

http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/1204/16/ddhln.01.html
DR. DREW
Stand Your Ground?
Aired April 16, 2012 - 21:00   ET
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http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/1205/17/ddhln.01.html
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Trayvon Autopsy Report; World`s First Pregnant Man
Aired May 17, 2012 - 21:00   ET

http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/1205/18/ijvm.01.html
JANE VELEZ-MITCHELL
New Evidence Released in Trayvon Martin Shooting
Aired May 18, 2012 - 19:00   ET
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http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/1205/24/ijvm.01.html
JANE VELEZ-MITCHELL
What was George Zimmerman`s Relationship with Sanford Police?
Aired May 24, 2012 - 19:00   ET
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http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/1205/25/ijvm.01.html
JANE VELEZ-MITCHELL
Blood Found in Isabel Celis House; More Info Revealed in Trayvon Martin Shooting
Aired May 25, 2012 - 19:00   ET

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UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: In less than one year, George Zimmerman went from slamming the Sanford Police Department to singing its praises.

GEORGE ZIMMERMAN, CHARGED WITH TRAYVON MARTIN SHOOTING: I also have had had the opportunity to take ride-alongs with the city of Sanford Police Department. And what I saw was disgusting.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: He says, "I have high hopes for and restored faith in your administration and the Sanford Police Department in its entirety.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

VELEZ-MITCHELL: Tonight, the Trayvon Martin family reacting right here on the show to a slew of stunning developments in the George Zimmerman case, including an inside look at exactly what kind of relationship Trayvon`s shooter had with the local police.

We`ve learned now that, over a year before George Zimmerman shot Trayvon, Zimmerman was outraged over how police handled this brutal caught- on-tape beating of an African-American homeless man by the son of a police lieutenant.

George Zimmerman accused cops of a cover-up and corruption and slammed the police department at a city hall meeting. Listen.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

ZIMMERMAN: I also have had the opportunity to take ride-alongs with the city of Sanford Police Department. And what I saw was disgusting.

The officer showed me his favorite hiding spot for taking naps; explained to me that he doesn`t carry a long gun in his vehicle, because in his words, "Anything that requires a long gun requires a lot of paperwork, and you`re going to find me as far away from it." He took two lunch breaks and attended a going-away party for one of his fellow officers.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

VELEZ-MITCHELL: But, months later when new Police Chief Bill Lee took over, Zimmerman`s whole outlook on the Sanford Police Department changed.

He wrote in a letter, "I have high hopes for and restored faith in your administration and the Sanford Police Department in its entirety." He spoke specifically about the department`s volunteer coordinator. Writing in another e-mail, he described his close working relationship and quick responses to e-mails and phone calls.

Straight out to Natalie Jackson, the attorney for Trayvon Martin`s family.

Natalie, what is the reaction to the Martin family to this new information about shooter George Zimmerman`s relationship with the local police department that initially refused to arrest him after he shot Trayvon Martin dead?

NATALIE JACKSON, ATTORNEY FOR TRAYVON MARTIN (via phone): Well, first, I`d like to say, Jane, that we believe George Zimmerman is innocent until trial. So I don`t want to get into George Zimmerman and his statements and everything.

But if you asked me about the relationships of the police department, one of the reasons that we got involved in this case is because we were concerned about the actions of the police. Not because of -- you know, George Zimmerman is one key, but we were concerned about the actions of the Sanford Police Department and the relationships that would cause a non- arrest in this case.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: I want to bring in Mark Nejame, HLN legal analyst, a criminal defense attorney down there in Orlando where all this is going on. What do you make, Mark, of this back story between George Zimmerman and the police, the fact that he was sending e-mails and phone calls to this community volunteer coordinator, so the cops had to have known who he was?

MARK NEJAME, HLN LEGAL ANALYST: I don`t know if I buy that one, Jane. Just because somebody sends an e-mail to an administrator in a department doesn`t really flow down to the officers in any bureaucracy that I`m aware of.

I think Natalie`s point is well taken, though, that this really has to do with a review of what went on with the Sanford Police Department, and did they conduct an appropriate investigation? I think we now know that Chief Lee never met with him. And so the chief, who is the top of the food chain there, never met with Zimmerman, to all the information that I`ve been able to glean.

I think also it`s important to realize that the state attorney`s office is the one who makes the decision.

(COMMERCIAL BREAK)

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I heard the crying. It was a little boy. As soon as the gun went off, the crying stopped.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I hear like a bump. You could hear that Trayvon -- somebody bumped Trayvon. I could hear the grass.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: They always get away. This guy looks like he`s up to no good or he`s on drugs or something.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: All I know is someone is on top of the other person, and I hear help, help, help yelled a couple times.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: 911 and the other tapes were played for the Martin family, and they identified that as their son crying for help. That is absolutely positively George Zimmerman.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: So you definitely could tell another voice that was not Trayvon?

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Yes.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: And you heard this other voice say what?

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: What are you doing around here?

(END VIDEO CLIP)

VELEZ-MITCHELL: Another avalanche of new information about to be released in the Trayvon Martin shooting next week, and tonight there are a whole bunch of new questions about what crucial eyewitnesses actually saw the night Neighborhood Watch volunteer George Zimmerman killed Trayvon Martin. The details surrounding the shooting of Trayvon Martin have been murky, and now the Orlando Sentinel reporting at least four witnesses have changed their stories. You remember this witness who described in detail a fight between Trayvon and Zimmerman with Zimmerman yelling for help.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: When I first walked out there, the black guy was on top. And the only reason I can tell that was because the guy that was on the ground under him at that point wrestling was definitely a lighter color.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

VELEZ-MITCHELL: Now, according to the Orlando Sentinel, that crucial witness has changed part of his story. And get this, there are at least three other witnesses who have reportedly changed their statements, too. Is the Trayvon Martin case a vortex of confusion and contradiction with witness after witness changing their stories? If there are questions about the few witnesses we have, does that make the testimony of Trayvon Martin`s girlfriend that much more important? She says she was on the phone with Trayvon moments before he was shot. Listen to this.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: So you definitely can tell another voice that was not Trayvon --

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Yes, yes.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: And you heard this other voice say what?

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: What are you doing around here.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: What are you doing around here. OK?

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: And I call Trayvon, Trayvon, what`s going on, what`s going on.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: This is you say saying that?

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Yes. Then I am calling him and he didn`t answer.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: No answer from Trayvon?

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Yes. I hear something like bump, you can hear that Trayvon -- somebody bumped Trayvon because I could hear the grass.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

VELEZ-MITCHELL: We`ll play more of that tape in a minute. Observers have suggested Angela Corey, the special prosecutor, relied heavily on the testimony of Trayvon`s girlfriend to charge George Zimmerman.

All right. I want to go back to Mark Nejame, HLN legal analyst. What do you make of four witnesses, four crucial witnesses reportedly changing their story? That`s huge.

NEJAME: Well, you know, it`s common that witnesses once they get subject to cross-examination and being questioned again, I don`t think in 30 years I`ve ever seen two witness statements line up.

I don`t know the depth of the changed stories. I don`t know if it helps or hurts one side or the other. I do know that sometimes minutia can be made into a mountain, and sometimes issues that are significant are turned into nothing because of the subject of cross-examination. So we need to find out what those changes are.

But, and we need to find out why those changes occurred. Is there a fee or is there something underfoot? Are there people being paid for stories that would influence their testimony? We need to find out what was changed and why it was changed.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: Yes, and I guess we have to ask, since apparently three out of the four witnesses who changed their story changed it in a way that hurts George Zimmerman, you have to wonder, Michelle Suskauer, criminal defense attorney out of West Palm Beach, if they might have felt actually intimidated or scared because of all the uproar over the shooting.

MICHELLE SUSKAUER, DEFENSE ATTORNEY: Absolutely, Jane, because their names are out there, where they live is out there, and certainly how could all of this national and international pressure not affect them?

But what is significant is that each one of their credibility is going to be weighed if this case even makes it to a jury. And this just screams reasonable doubt. There is a conflict in the testimony here. And this is going to be a big problem for the state.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: Tanya Acker?

ACKER: I think I really have to take issue with that, because certainly the credibility of these witnesses is in question, but what is not necessarily in question is whether or not there`s reasonable doubt in this case. What is not at issue is there was a fight. We know there was a fight. What is at issue is whether or not George Zimmerman had any business pursuing this unarmed young man, who, by the way, you know, when you`re walking down the street, you have the right not to be accosted or molested by somebody who wants to know what you`re doing. Perhaps it`s none of their business. So the issue is not so much the fight. We know that there was a fight. We know that George Zimmerman sustained some injuries. The issue is what was he doing continuing to pursue Trayvon Martin when the police said we`ve got this, go home?

VELEZ-MITCHELL: Now, to that point, a witness said he saw some MMA- style fighting. That means mixed martial arts. Listen to this witness, a crucial witness, explain exactly what he says he saw. Essentially, what he said was that he saw a -- I believe it was a black man on top of a lighter skinned man, and he said that Zimmerman was the one being beaten up, and he also said that he thought that the person being beaten up was the one who was yelling for help.

But here`s what`s so wild, and this is what gets me, is that Brian Russell, when he was reinterviewed after initially saying he thought Trayvon was throwing all these punches, martial arts style, he then said a couple weeks later, he was no longer sure that Trayvon was even throwing punches. He said this teenager may simply have been keeping Zimmerman pinned to the ground. That is a huge change when somebody said they saw martial arts movements, and then the next minute they`re saying they didn`t know what they saw at all, that he may have just been pinning him to the ground, Brian.

RUSSELL: Actually, Jane, as a lawyer and as a psychological expert witness, I can tell you that that is how it goes a lot of times with eyewitness testimony, and actually the changing stories probably reflect more the problems with the reliability of eyewitness testimony than the truth of what really happened. I think Mark Nejame was exactly right.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: Well, there are some major problems with these witnesses changing their stories. Witness No. 2 said she saw two guys running, and then she changed her story and said she caught a glimpse of one person running, and all this because she wasn`t wearing her contacts. Now another witness said at first she did not know who was on top in this confrontation. Now she says she is absolutely sure George Zimmerman was on top. And so we have all of these witnesses changing their story.

Natalie Jackson, the attorney for Trayvon Martin`s family, what do you make of four crucial witnesses changing their story?

NATALIE JACKSON, ATTORNEY FOR TRAYVON`S FAMILY: I think that a jury will hear all the evidence, Jane, and they`ll decide. They`ll hear it in a linear fashion and not the way that it`s been put out.

I did hear you say that -- that -- the -- I heard you say that the evidence is going to be relying upon the testimony, but I believe that George Zimmerman`s own words is really the crucial testimony in this case and the linchpin in this case for the prosecution.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: But let me ask Michelle Suskauer, what happens in court during a trial when a witness says one thing, and then says something completely different? How is a lawyer going to use that to impeach their testimony?

SUSKAUER: Well, that`s exactly what they do. They`re going to -- the witness will testify, and then the lawyer will elicit the fact that they made a statement completely differently at another time, and the time that they made the statement was much closer to when the actual incident happened, and it makes a difference.

But, Jane, what`s important is that if this even gets to a jury, which it may not because of a stand your ground motion to dismiss that will be heard first. What`s really crucial is that the court would instruct the jury that they can find reasonable doubt from the evidence, from a lack of evidence, or from the conflict in the evidence. And this is conflict. These are key witnesses. Because all you have is Zimmerman and these witnesses. You do not have Trayvon Martin to tell his side of the story.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: All right. Michelle Suskauer has been saying that she thinks the stand your ground hearing could have the case thrown out, but a lot of people say that`s wishful thinking on their part if that`s what they want. Which a lot of people don`t want.

ACKER: Jane, the authors of the stand your ground law say it does not protect George Zimmerman in this case. The stand your ground law does not give you the right to pursue someone. It does not give you the right nor any self-defense theory generally does not give you the right to pursue someone, to provoke a confrontation, and then hide behind it.

According to this 911 tape, George Zimmerman was instructed to go home. He did not. So certainly there was a fight. Certainly we have got conflicting witness testimony about who was on top and who was throwing punches. The stand your ground law did not give Zimmerman the right to pursue this kid and then have a confrontation escalate.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: Natalie Jackson, last word, ten seconds, do we have any idea when the stand your ground hearing is going to occur?

JACKSON: I agree with Michelle. I would be very surprised if the stand your ground hearing even takes place. I don`t think that one will happen. And if it does happen, I do not believe George Zimmerman will win that hearing. It will go to trial.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: Well, thank you so much, fantastic panel, for joining me on this. We are all over this case. We will stay on top of it. And I`ll tell you one thing I`ve learned covering these mega cases, they`re like runaway freight trains. You never know where they`re going to go next. Back in a moment.
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George Zimmerman Ordered Back to Jail
Aired June 1, 2012 - 19:00   ET


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JANE VELEZ-MITCHELL, HOST: I`m Jane Velez-Mitchell coming to you from New York City.

Breaking news in the Trayvon Martin shooting case. Accused killer George Zimmerman ordered back to jail, the judge revoking his bond for lying to the court.

(BEGIN VIDEOTAPE)

VELEZ-MITCHELL (voice-over): Tonight, breaking news in the George Zimmerman case. Trayvon Martin`s shooter ordered back to jail after the prosecutor accused him of lying at his bond hearing. The judge furious as he revoked George Zimmerman`s bond. We`re going to talk to the lawyer for Trayvon`s family.

Also, growing questions about a disturbing series of crimes that have one very hideous things in common. Cops say a porn star dismembered and consumed a human body and caught it on video. Another man accused of doing the same thing to his roommate. A third attempting to devour the face of a homeless man. What is behind this? We`re going to examine the psychological roots.

Also, the mother of adorable missing Kyron Horman suing mad tonight. Desiree Young`s little boy vanished almost two years ago after his stepmom, Terri Horman, dropped him off at school. And now Desiree wants to hold Terri responsible. Will this spark any new clues in the search for Kyron?

GEORGE ZIMMERMAN, SHOOTING SUSPECT: Hey, we`ve had some break-ins in my neighborhood, and there`s a real suspicious guy.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: He just said he shot him. The person is dead, laying on the ground!

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: The Sanford Police Department is conducting a fair investigation.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: There was gunshots.

SYBRINA FULTON, MOTHER OF TRAYVON: Our son was not committing any crime!

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: No justice! No peace!

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: No justice! No peace!

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: No justice! No peace!

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Are you following him?

ZIMMERMAN: Yes.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: OK, we don`t need you to do that.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Mr. Zimmerman has made the statement of self- defense.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: But Neighborhood Watch is Neighborhood Watch, not neighborhood shoot.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: One million dollars for the capture of George Zimmerman.

BARACK OBAMA, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: You know, if I had a son, he`d look like Trayvon.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Do you think he`s yelling "help"?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Yes.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: George, what`s your last name?

ZIMMERMAN: Zimmerman.

(END VIDEOTAPE)

VELEZ-MITCHELL: Tonight, breaking news in George Zimmerman`s murder case. The man accused of gunning down an unarmed teen has been ordered back to jail. A judge in Florida revoked Zimmerman`s bond today for lying about his passport and how much money he had.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

KENNETH LESTER, JUDGE: He can`t sit back and obtain the benefits of a lower bond or circumstances based upon those material falsehoods. That`s what they were. So at this time I revoke him bond, place him on no-bond status.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

VELEZ-MITCHELL: The Neighborhood Watch volunteer is charged with second-degree murder in the death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.

The teen was walking home from a convenience store the evening of February 26 when the defendant shot him, shot him dead. Zimmerman claims he fired in self-defense. The prosecutor says Zimmerman misrepresented how much money he had when his bond was first granted back in April. That`s a fancy way of saying he lied. Zimmerman claimed indigence, that he was broke. And that played a part in him getting to walk out of jail.

But the state now says Zimmerman had access to at least 135 grand he got from a Web site where he was asking for donations to help pay for his defense. Prosecutors say Zimmerman can be heard in jail phone calls talking in code, telling his wife, essentially, to move the money around.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: The defendant`s wife lied to this court when -- and I`ve cited in the motion -- both Mr. O`Mara and the state asked her questions, she stated she had no money when, in fact, the records show that she did.

We have the jail calls the defendant made to his wife and to other people -- and I`ll focus specifically on his wife, Shelly Zimmerman -- in which he repeatedly tells her about the money, about moving the money, and transferring it from one position to the other.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

VELEZ-MITCHELL: Wow! Those phone calls are going to become a crucial part of this entire case.

Straight out to Natalie Jackson, the attorney for the Trayvon Martin family. Your reaction to this extraordinary development of the judge saying, "You lied. You go back to jail."

NATALIE JACKSON, ATTORNEY FOR TRAYVON MARTIN`S FAMILY: I will tell you, we`ve said all along this case is about the American justice system and whether or not it works equally and fairly for all.

What the judge did today was very important to this case. The judge said that he was going to follow the law, and he was going to make everyone else follow the law. And it testified truthfully about what they know, and he was not going to allow any shenanigans in his courtroom.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: Well, let me say, Mark Nejame, HLN contributor, criminal defense attorney, what I saw, just from a chess game strategy was, wow, this is war.

Now, you remember during that bond hearing it seemed like the defense attorney, Mark O`Mara, had really scored points against the prosecution, even embarrassed the prosecutors. He sort of held a mini trial, called up an investigator, started cross-examining him. The gentleman didn`t have all the answers, hadn`t seen a medical report. And everybody was kind of snickering, saying, "Wow. Mark O`Mara, Zimmerman`s attorney, just absolutely devastated them."

Well, today it was payback, because this was a big day for the prosecution, Mark.

MARK NEJAME, HLN LEGAL ANALYST: Yes, credit where credit`s due.

Look, if he lied, bail should be denied. There`s no question about it.

I was a little surprised in that I thought that the judge would require a hearing in order for a determination to be made as to whether there was a misrepresentation. The judge has done it in reverse of what I thought. He basically yanked the bond and said, "I`ll give you a second bite of the apple. But if you want another evidentiary hearing later on, I`ll give it to you."

But apparently, the state was able to get the tapes of -- when you`re in jail, all your calls are recorded. And they had it all lined up, and they were able to establish, at least to the court`s satisfaction, that there was money there. And if there was money there, and it was a misrepresentation, judge did the right thing.

I just simply wanted there to be an evidentiary hearing so we could really find out what happened. But apparently -- and I`ve not seen it -- but if those transcripts are as the judge indicated -- of course, we have no reason to doubt otherwise. I mean, if the judge stated it, I know it to be correct. Then there`s big trouble. Not only for yanking the bond but also for the credibility down the line.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: Yes, exactly. How dumb is this?

Joe Episcopo, criminal defense attorney, I mean, in a self-defense case where the victim is not around anymore, because he`s tragically died, the shooter`s most important defense is his own word, his credibility, when he claims, "I did it in self-defense."

And now his credibility, according to a lot of observers, is shot because he`s been shown up by prosecutors to be a liar and also kind of a conniver, allegedly, purportedly speaking in code with his wife, caught on this recording.

JOE EPISCOPO, CRIMINAL DEFENSE ATTORNEY: Well, especially as it relates to...

VELEZ-MITCHELL: OK, Joe.

EPISCOPO: And you know, I know Judge Lester. He`s a very fair and even-tempered judge. Even though he did throw me out of his courtroom one time.

Now they`ll have to appeal his decision and prove an abuse of discretion, which they won`t be able to do, and he`ll sit there until his trial comes. So I don`t think he`s in good shape at this particular point.

And, you know, I thought it was pretty obvious that they were making a lot of money on the Internet. They should have said something. "Judge, we`re hoping to make a lot of money to help with this case on the Internet. So far we`ve made such-and-such." Why didn`t they do that? It sounds like they were trying to cover it up.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: Yes. And I`ve got to tell you, I talked to Mark O`Mara after that bond hearing. And I said, listen, when it came out that they had made all of this money on the Web site, I said, "Didn`t you ask your client about that?"

And he acknowledged. He said, you know, "I should have -- I should have been a little more thorough."

But, I mean, I think in this day and age where everything comes out, Natalie Jackson, were you, as the attorney -- an attorney for Trayvon Martin`s family, astounded that these kinds of purported hijinks were being played with the court on such a high-profile case? Does anybody really think they`re going to be able to hide a couple of hundred grand?

JACKSON: Well, you know, we`ve always known that George Zimmerman`s credibility is what is going to do him in at the end. That this whole case is based on whether or not he`s credible, whether or not there is a self- defense claim.

He`s the only person that say that he acted in self-defense. So his credibility is the key to this case. So what we were, we were actually -- our faith was restored a little bit that the law was going to be followed. We`ve always believed, if the law is followed, then there will be a conviction in this case.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: Want to go out to the phone lines, because they`re lighting up over this. Lori, Tennessee, your question or thought -- Lori.

CALLER: Hi, Jane.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: Hi.

CALLER: I just, you know -- just listening to all of these things that are going on with this case, and I thought from the beginning, if Zimmerman would have just taken responsibility for what happened, I think he knew it wasn`t self-defense. But he had to come up with something. And he knew law enforcement well enough.

But I also think that the police officers dropped the ball a little bit, too, because they just took his word for it. And now...

(COMMERCIAL BREAK)

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: These witnesses are scared to death to comply in terms of their names, their intimate details, where they live, their relatives, their phone numbers, et cetera, being publicized, where they work. And our fear is that`s what`s going to occur.

And in the long run, it`s going to do a disservice to this particular case, and it`s going to severely impact the ability to try this case in this county, maybe even the state of Florida.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

VELEZ-MITCHELL: Yes, that`s the prosecutor saying, "Hey, Judge, please don`t give out to the media the names of the witnesses and the photo of the victim, texts, cell phone records."

But, of course, Florida has the biggest, most open sunshine laws, and essentially the judge said, "Look, the law is against us. The law in Florida is different than any other place in the country."

But that got overshadowed by the bombshell developments toward the end of the hearing when the judge hears the prosecution`s motion to throw this guy, George Zimmerman, back in the clink and agrees. In fact, the judge is furious.

Sunny Hostin, "In Session" legal contributor, play it down. Tell us in people terms what the heck happened.

SUNNY HOSTIN, LEGAL CONTRIBUTOR, TRUTV`S "IN SESSION": Well, what happened is that the government, of course, filed a motion to revoke George Zimmerman`s bond on two grounds, because they have been doing their work, their investigation. And they found out that George Zimmerman and Shelly Zimmerman had been having these jailhouse phone calls. And, as you know, Jane, and as I know and probably most of your viewers know, those calls are always monitored and taped.

Well, for the first round, they found out that George Zimmerman, while he did relinquish one passport, apparently, he had a second passport that he had applied for, claiming that the first passport had been lost. And the second passport that he maintains that he kept didn`t expire until 2014.

But, really, Jane, what the court, what Judge Lester was most concerned about was the second ground that the government moved on, and that is they found out during these phone calls between George and Shelly Zimmerman that, in fact, the day before this bond hearing, the hearing at which Shelly Zimmerman took an oath to tell the truth, yet told the court that she had no money, no funds that she knew of to come up with enough money to bond George Zimmerman out. In fact, they had $135,000 in a credit union account that she controlled at the direction of George Zimmerman.

Well, Jane, you know judges do not like to be lied to. They don`t like misrepresentations. And once he heard about that, this judge yanked his bond, ordered him back to jail within 48 hours.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: Mark Nejame, HLN contributor, criminal defense attorney out of Orlando, if George Zimmerman ultimately takes the stand in his own defense at his trial, will he be cross-examined about these alleged misrepresentations, this lying purportedly about passport, about money?

NEJAME: You hit the nail on the head. That`s going to be the issue about admissibility. And he did not specifically say that at his bond hearing, but apparently allowed his wife to make statements which the judge has interpreted as being untrue. So to specifically attach a statement, you really can`t do that.

However, if they can show that he possibly allowed lies to come in, it`s going to be a stretch. I mean, it`s one thing to pull the bond. It`s going to clearly impact his credibility for a stand-your-ground hearing, presuming there is one. It becomes more iffy at the time of trial whether any of it will be able to get in.

But I think if, in fact, the lie was told and it turns out to be a lie -- and I think there is going to be a subsequent evidentiary hearing -- judge gave the defense the opportunity to do that. In his press conference, O`Mara said that he would be presenting his client to give an explanation to the court.

But the reality of it is, is that this hurts across the board: credibility and everything else, no question about it.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: Natalie Jackson, you are an attorney for Trayvon Martin`s family. What was their reaction to this news? Because I know they were devastated when he got out on bond, and he walked free. I remember them walking away, and they looked like they had tears in their eyes.

JACKSON: Yes. You know, of course they always thought that George Zimmerman behind -- belonged behind bars. They are parents who lost a teenage -- a teenage child. So for them, I think that, you know, they consider that their faith is being restored in the justice system, too.

They want the law to be followed. That`s all that they`ve asked for in this case. That was that. The beginning of this case was the demand for an arrest. We know, by the prosecution`s affidavit, there should have been an arrest in this case.

So the law has always -- whether or not we were going to follow the law has always been a question. And today the judge gave us faith by telling us, yes, we are.

(COMMERCIAL BREAK)

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

LESTER: He can`t sit back and enjoy the benefit of a lower bond or circumstances based upon those material falsehoods. That`s what they were. So at this time, revoke his bond, place him on no-bond status.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

VELEZ-MITCHELL: An angry judge says, "George Zimmerman, you`re going back to jail."

And to put it in people terms, the prosecutor said that this guy lied, that he lied and that his wife also misrepresented the amount of money they had. They presented themselves as broke when they were given -- he was given bond, and now it comes out that they had a lot of money. They had a Web site set up to receive donations.

Now, this could be the beginning of Zimmerman`s problems, because there was something that sort of -- you could have missed it if you were watching the hearing. It was said in passing but could be absolutely crucial. And it relates to this so-called witness No. 9.

The prosecutor cryptically referred to some person that has some kind of dispute with George Zimmerman, details that the state says could prejudice the jury against George Zimmerman. Listen carefully.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: The audio-recorded statements, 2 CDs have been furnished to defense of a witness identified as witness No. 9 taken on March 20 of 2012 by investigators for the Sanford state attorney`s office.

It deals with an allegation made by that witness regarding an act committed by this defendant. I think quite frankly, in fairness to the defendant, it would be severely prejudicial to the defendant.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

VELEZ-MITCHELL: Allegations of an act committed by this defendant that would be severely prejudicial to this defendant? Wow, my ears popped up at that one. Mark Nejame, did your ears pop up when you heard that, too?

NEJAME: I must have been driving because I didn`t hear it, but, having heard it now, I will tell you that what he`s likely alluding to is prior acts. Prior acts are historically and typically and legally not permitted in court. I think that`s what both sides were arguing, they were trying to bar the press from basically having all this.

Apparently, he did something that will be interpreted by the public, at least from the prosecution`s perspective, as being prejudicial and inflammatory, and it won`t be admissible in court anyway. So that`s likely -- what it is specifically we don`t know, but a prior act standing alone is not going to get into court.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: Well, Sunny Hostin, briefly, are we going to learn, is the media going to find out, what this allegation is? Twenty seconds.

HOSTIN: Well, you know, it seemed that the judge was inclined to release a lot of information. He said very clearly, Jane, that according to him and the sunshine laws, that the laws were sort of against what the prosecution was asking for. So we may hear about it.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: Extraordinary day in court.

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Aired June 3, 2012 - 14:37   ET

THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.

FREDRICKA WHITFIELD, CNN ANCHOR: Hello, you're in the CNN NEWSROOM. I'm Fredricka Whitfield.

We're following two big stories right now. George Zimmerman has just turned himself in. The man accused of killing unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin is back in jail.
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All right, now let's go to Sanford, Florida. That's where George Zimmerman has come out of hiding and he is now back in jail. His bond was revoked by the judge of the Trayvon Martin murder case.

Martin Savidge is there. Martin, tell us about how this all unfolded today?

MARTIN SAVIDGE, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Well, it went smoothly, and it went safely. That's, of course, the primary concern both for the defense and also for the sheriff's office here.

George Zimmerman was booked into the Seminole County Jail at around 1:43 so a little less than an hour ago. But a little different as to how he turned himself in. It actually occurred on the side of a highway here in Central Florida.

We know that George Zimmerman returned to this area late last night. But as far as actually getting back into custody of authorities, well, listen to the sheriff as he described how that happened.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

SHERIFF DONALD ESLINGER, SEMINOLE COUNTY, FLORIDA: George Zimmerman met two members of the sheriff's office in the area of Lake Merriad, I-4, was placed into custody, transported to the correctional facility. He is being booked and processed as per Judge Lester's order. He'll be held on a no bond status.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

SAVIDGE: And as before, George Zimmerman is going to be held in his own cell. He'll be isolated from the other part of the jail population here. Meanwhile, his attorney, that's Mark O'Mara described to me what George Zimmerman's mood was like.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

MARK O'MARA, GEORGE ZIMMERMAN'S ATTORNEY: He's solemn obviously. He is worried continually about his safety. Having to come out of hiding is a concern of his, but I think he also realizes the judge's concerns now that we've all had on the defense team a chance to look at all of the evidence.

He understands the court's concerns. He understands the state's concerns and we're going to address those and say what I think needs to be said to address them with Judge Lester.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

SAVIDGE: Mark O'Mara hopes that his client will not behind bars for very long. He plans to file a motion tomorrow to request another bond hearing.

But of course, the decision of how long George Zimmerman stays in jail will rest entirely with the judge. And the judge is not too happy with George Zimmerman right now because of what many say is hiding of money.

WHITFIELD: And so, Martin, it's the judge's discretion as to whether there would be another bond hearing, even though Mark O'Mara is requesting another bond hearing.

SAVIDGE: Right, that's correct. And one thing you probably can bet is that the hearing isn't going to happen real soon. The judge would probably want George Zimmerman to think a little bit.

But then on top of that, you're right. The judge could make the decision that he won't necessarily have to grant bond. If that were the case then George Zimmerman could remain indefinitely or at least until his trial, and that is not expected until next year.

WHITFIELD: All right, Martin Savidge, thanks so much in Sanford, Florida.
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