Thursday, April 19, 2012

Bond Likely for George Zimmerman Who Poses No Danger to Community or Flight Risk

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SANFORD, Fla. (Bennington Vale Evening Transcript) -- Mark O'Mara, George Zimmerman's new attorney, told reporters Thursday that his client will likely be freed from protective custody after his bond hearing on Friday. But sitting behind bars may be the safest place for Zimmerman now. O'Mara said that Zimmerman has received numerous death threats and will need to find safe lodging after his release. Others worry about Zimmerman's response to these threats. "The guy is easily spooked and hair-triggered," one attorney said. There are also concerns with the ever-growing "We Are All Trayvon Martin" movements, in which people of diverse backgrounds rally around the cause of gun control in symbolic hooded sweatshirts. After Zimmerman's release, being confronted with thousands of "Trayvon Martins" could result in a bloodbath on the scale of a small genocide. State lawmakers and public safety officials have warned people in hoodies not to provoke a reaction. "More than making a point, you're just making yourself a 'Stand Your Ground' statistic."

Although Zimmerman faces second-degree murder charges, most experts agree that he will be granted bond. In Florida, a defendant is entitled to bond unless the state can establish that he is both a flight risk and a danger to the community. Authorities throughout Florida said that with Zimmerman -- who gunned down an unarmed teenager and then went into hiding -- "there is little or no evidence to support such allegations."

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