Judge Considering Bail for Zimmerman

Defense argues he's not a danger to the community
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 29, 2012 1:56 PM CDT
George Zimmerman, left, and attorney Don West appear before Circuit Judge Kenneth R. Lester, Jr, June 29, 2012, during a bond hearing at the Seminole County Criminal Justice Center in Sanford, Fla.    (AP Photo/Orlando Sentinel, Joe Burbank, Pool)

(Newser) – George Zimmerman's defense team is trying to get him out of jail again. In a hearing today, Zimmerman's lawyers requested he be released on the same $150,000 bond he was released on the first time, arguing that he was not a danger to the community, and had never missed a court date, the Orlando Sentinel reports. While the lawyers conceded that Zimmerman "should have done something" about his wife's alleged perjury, the evidence didn't show a "grand conspiracy" to hide money from the court.

According to the Sentinel, the proceedings seemed more like a trial than a bail hearing, with defense lawyers claiming Zimmerman had acted in self defense, and that the charges against him were "very weak," and prosecutors firing back that if anyone had acted in self defense, it was Martin. The judge is currently considering the request, and he may not make a decision today.

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