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Zimmerman Could Get Released from Jail June 29

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By Andrew Chow, Esq. on June 07, 2012 12:31 PM

George Zimmerman's new bail hearing is set for June 29, when his lawyer will again argue for his client's release from jail before trial, the Associated Press reports.

Zimmerman had been free after posting 10% of his original bail, set at $150,000 in April. But a judge revoked Zimmerman's bail last week, after finding Zimmerman and his wife lied about their finances to get a lower bail at the April hearing. Zimmerman returned to jail Sunday.

The June 29 bail hearing will be similar to the April hearing, but this time, Zimmerman will have a lot to prove to the court.

In asking to revoke George Zimmerman's bail, prosecutors alleged he and his wife spoke in code during jail phone calls to conceal their true finances.

Zimmerman's defense team acknowledged the "gravity of this mistake" in a website entry June 4. "Mr. Zimmerman understands that this mistake has undermined his credibility, which he will have to work to repair."

Florida law lists 12 general factors for a judge to consider at a bail hearing. The factors include:

  • The nature and circumstances of the offense charged.
  • The weight of the evidence against the defendant.
  • The defendant's family ties, length of residence in the community, employment history, financial resources, and mental condition.
  • The defendant's past and present conduct, including conduct in court.
  • The source of funds used to post bail or procure an appearance bond.
  • Any other facts the court considers relevant.

"While Mr. Zimmerman acknowledges that he allowed his financial situation to be misstated in court, the defense will emphasize that in all other regards, Mr. Zimmerman has been forthright and cooperative," Zimmerman's defense team wrote on their website, GZLegalCase.com.

George Zimmerman is charged with second-degree murder in the killing of unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin in February. Zimmerman claims he shot Martin in self-defense, and has pleaded not guilty.

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