OCALA, Fla., August 29, 2013 — George Zimmerman is headed back to court, though for a very different reason than last time.
“(T)he Neighborhood Watch volunteer who killed Trayvon Martin, plans to ask the state of Florida to cover $200,000 to $300,000 of his legal expenses, his attorney told the Orlando Sentinel Monday evening,” writes Sentinel reporter Rene Stutzman.
“Because Zimmerman was acquitted,” she continues, “state law requires Florida to pay all his legal costs, minus the biggest one: the fee that goes to his lawyers.
“That includes the cost of expert witnesses, travel, depositions, photocopies, even that animated 3-D video that defense attorneys showed jurors during closing argument that depicts Trayvon punching Zimmerman.”
Whether or not Zimmerman receives the sum he has asked for is an open question. What can be said for certain, though, is that his trial has been quite expensive. According to the Sentinel, Florida spent nearly $1 million on it.
The prosecutorial tactics used in Zimmerman’s trial were called into question some time ago. It is alleged that State Attorney Angela Corey did not give Zimmerman’s lawyers evidence under the conditions which Florida law required.
After the information technology director in her office, Ben Kruidbos, testified about the matter in a pre-trial hearing, he was fired. Now, Kruidbos is suing Corey for wrongful termination.
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