George Zimmerman's Attorney To Ask For Bail

George Zimmerman's Attorney To Ask For Bail

New Delhi : India | Apr 12, 2012 at 8:18 AM PDT
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The attorney for George Zimmerman plans to ask a judge as early as Thursday to allow the neighborhood watch volunteer charged with killing an unarmed, black teen to post bond -- though he believes it will be difficult.

"My hope is that the judge will grant a bond, and that it'll be a bond that the family can make," attorney Mark O'Mara said Wednesday. "They are not a family of means."

Also, if a judge requires Zimmerman to remain in the area if he is granted bail, that will be difficult, O'Mara added.

"I think nobody would deny the fact if George Zimmerman is walking down the street today, he would be at risk," he explained.

However, O'Mara said Thursday he is "truly hoping that there will be a receding of the frustrations or anger now that the process is moving forward."

Zimmerman, 28, who had been in hiding, turned himself in Wednesday after authorities said he would be charged in the case. He faces a second-degree murder charge in the February 26 shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.

He will make an initial court appearance Thursday before Judge Mark Herr.

The development marks a turning point in a case that triggered a nationwide debate about race in America and about Florida's "stand your ground" law -- which allows people to use deadly force anywhere they feel a reasonable threat of death or serious injury.

O'Mara said Zimmerman, who will plead not guilty, is worried about getting a fair trial in Sanford -- where thousands have converged to join in protests calling for his arrest and decrying the police department's handling of the case.

However, the attorney said Thursday he does not share those concerns.

"Florida has a very good process in place to make sure we get a fair and impartial jury," he told CNN. "Other high-profile cases have been able to do so. I trust that the system, the judge, the prosecutor and I will be able to, should the need arise, to get ourselves a fair and impartial jury to hear the case. It may not be in Seminole County."

He said that while he isn't sure the bond request will be heard Thursday, he needs Zimmerman out of jail to help assist in his defense.

Martin's family, meanwhile, expressed satisfaction that Zimmerman has been charged and is in custody.

"We simply wanted an arrest; we wanted nothing more, nothing less," the teen's mother, Sybrina Fulton, said Wednesday.

Natalie Jackson, an attorney for Martin's family, said Thursday the family has only asked "for justice to apply equally for all. If a judge decides (Zimmerman) has a right to bail, then that's the system, and we'll respect the system."

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pankajkohli is based in New Delhi, Delhi, India, and is a Reporter on Allvoices.
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