Trayvon Martin’s shooter George Zimmerman — who had been arrested and freed on bail only to be sent back to jail when it was revealed that he appeared to conspire with his wife Shelley to conceal a massive flood of PayPal donations that would have affected his bail amount — has again been granted bail in the amount of $1 million in a second bail hearing after his return to jail.
George Zimmerman and wife Shelley had been accused of some serious lies of omission when Zimmerman was called back to court by Judge Kenneth Lester five weeks after he had been bailed out the first time. But Lester did not ignore the issues, in fact acknowledging that he believed Zimmerman had been running game on the court — despite granting the defendant bail a second time, allowing him to walk free.
In court documents, Lester wrote:
“By any definition, the defendant has flaunted the system. It appears to this court that the defendant is manipulating the system for his own benefit… Notably, together with the passport, the money only had to be hidden for a short time for him to leave the country if the defendant made a quick decision to flee.”
The judge continued:
“It is entirely reasonable for this court to find that, but for the requirement that he be placed on electronic monitoring, the defendant and his wife would have fled the United States with at least $130,000 of other people’s money.”
In addition to the six-figure bail decision, Lester also imposed a 6AM to 6PM curfew, barred Zimmerman from opening another bank account and ordered GPS monitoring of the suspect until his trial.