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June 5, 2012

George Zimmerman’s bail – does the punishment fit the crime?

Filed under: Law/justice — Mike Kueber @ 3:09 am
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George Zimmerman is in the news again, this time for having his bail revoked because he apparently misled the judge during a bail-determination hearing.  According to news reports, Zimmerman, his wife, and his lawyer failed to disclose that they had obtained over $135k from internet supporters who wanted to contribute to his legal defense. 

Several news reports were almost gleeful in suggesting that the revocation meant that Zimmerman would spend the rest of 2012 in jail.  Is their a moral victory in seeing Zimmerman in jail?  Their tone reminded of Don Imus’s pre-arrest crusade to have Zimmerman arrested while the state’s special prosecutor re-investigated the initial determination by the county prosecutor that the shooting was justified.  At that time, I noted that Imus was being emotionally irrational because there was no connection between an arrest and a thorough re-investigation.  Considering that the initial investigation resulted in a determination of a justified homicide, arresting Zimmerman during the re-investigation would be a double travesty of presumed innocence. 

Similarly, I don’t think it makes sense to deny bail to a defendant because he, his wife, or his lawyer provided misleading financial information.  That would be like letting a criminal go free because there were defects with the search warrant.  If Zimmerman, his wife, or his lawyer lied, they should be charged for the lie.  But Zimmerman the defendant should not be denied his constitutional right to reasonable bail while he awaits trial.

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3 Comments »

  1. it seems to me that revoking the bail is essentially charging and convicting him of a lie…

    Comment by Q — June 5, 2012 @ 3:39 pm | Reply

    • Exactly right, Q. Except that the judge gets to be judge, jury, and executioner, as well as the alleged victim and lead witness. Too much power for one guy who’s got his feelings ruffled. You know what they say about judges and doctors – i.e., the ultimate of arrogance.

      Comment by Mike Kueber — June 6, 2012 @ 10:46 am | Reply

  2. oh yeah, can’t practice…

    Comment by Q — June 7, 2012 @ 3:38 am | Reply


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