Is George Zimmerman Selling His Autograph to Raise Money?

The man accused in the killing of Florida teen Trayvon Martin has apparently hit on a novel new fundraising strategy.

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Gary W. Green / Orlando Sentinel / AP

George Zimmerman appears before Circuit Court Judge Kenneth R. Lester Jr. on April 20, 2012, during a bond hearing in Sanford, Florida.

Legal fees tend to add up — especially, one would imagine, in a particularly high-profile case. So sometimes, raising cash requires being a bit creative.

George Zimmerman, who faces charges of second degree murder in the Feb. 26 shooting death of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin, has devised a new strategy in his on-going quest to raise funds for his defense. After it was revealed that a website established for his defense fund had collected more than $100,000 — contradicting testimony at a bond hearing regarding their finances — the former neighborhood watch volunteer found his bond revoked, and his wife Shellie Zimmerman now faces charges of perjury.

Now, Zimmerman, who is out on a new $1 million bond, and his lawyers have launched a new bid for raising funds, as outlined in an update posted Wednesday on his legal defense fund website.

Currently, the balance of the George Zimmerman Defense Fund is at its lowest, and new funds must be raised to support George’s living expenses and legal costs through the end of the Self Defense Immunity Hearing and/or trial … George will make a statement to his supporters, and he would like to send a NOTE OF THANKS to all donors who do not object to receiving one — we are, of course, maintaining the confidentiality of donors.

In other words, for those who are intererested, it does sound as if Zimmerman might be selling his autograph.

(WATCH: Video Shows George Zimmerman Reenacting Fight with Trayvon Martin)

Other strategic changes will soon be coming too. For example, the defense fund, initially formed by Zimmerman himself, will be getting a new manager, to avoid any perceptions of a conflict of interest with Zimmerman’s legal team, headed by attorney Mark O’Mara:

Although neither Mr. O’Mara nor [co-counsel Don] West have received any payment to date for their services, there has been a persistent concern amongst some Zimmerman supporters that donations meant to support George could be used instead for attorneys fees. This simply is not the case, and it has never been the case, but to underscore the point, management of the fund will be transferred to a new fund manager of Mr. Zimmerman’s choosing.

The 29-year-old is set to return to court on June 10, 2013.

MORE: The Controversial Florida Law at the Heart of the Trayvon Martin Case

17 comments
PoliticsNewsAja
PoliticsNewsAja

Why does GZ have to raise any legal fees? I recall Omara stating on national television during a press conference that he took this case Pro Bono. That means he is not charging GZ to represent. Has greed changed his mind?


TreAnthony
TreAnthony

Officer Lynch of the Sanford Police Department reminded the other officers to ensure that a photograph was taken of the 2 SMALL lacerations on the back of Zimmerman's head. Officer Lynch DID NOT NOTICE ANY INJURY TO ZIMMERMAN'S NOSE. Now WHY is that? Does that prove that the photo taken of GZ's nose was PHOTO shopped. In fact, the size of GZ's nose taken at the scene is LARGER than what it was 30-minutes AFTER he arrived at the police station on that same night. Compare the Photo taken at the scene with the photos taken at the Police Station on that same night, and See Memorandum Dated April 2, 2012 at 1850. See also Memorandum Dated March 26, 2012 at 5:50 PM (Witness states that guy on top had a dark colored outfit on. Zimmerman had on a dark red/black jacket), March 26, 2012 at 5:40pm (Witness states that Zimmerman was on top BEFORE he shot TM), Memorandum Dated March 26, 2012 at 7:10 pm (Witness states that she saw 'shadows running from left to right and then heard shots". FDLE Investigated Report Dated March 20, 2012 at approximately 1810 hours, IR #10 (Witness states that he never observed which individual was yelling help, he only made an "assumption that the person on the bottom would be the one yelling help.") FDLE Investigative Report Dated April 26, 2012, IR #52 (Witness stressed to Zimmerman that one of the most important aspects of carrying a weapon, is weapon retention. Witness discussed with Zimmerman how to maintain a weapon in the holster and other techniques used for weapon retention. Witness stated, "its is not your gun its the gun. Ironically, that is the same line that George used in his Sean Hannity interview describing the events leading to his shooting of TM.)http://www.clickorlando.com/blob/view/-/15490330/data/1/-/kligxm/-/Zimmerman-documents.pdf

TreAnthony
TreAnthony

@George "is 100% innocent" Zimmerman...lastly, you state that the "SP has in evidence a 20 oz dented AriZona watermelon juice can and the baggy Trayvon used to swing at George's nose," Now, WHY would Trayvon "swing at George's nose", IF, GZ DID NOT actually try to detain TM BEFORE he shot him or DID NOT imitate the confrontation? More telling, your statement that the SP has in evidence a 20 oz dented AriZona watermelon juice can and the baggy Trayvon used to swing at George's nose, is consistent with someone trying to DEFEND themselves from an attacker, which is exactly what TM tried to do when GZ tried to DETAIN him against his will, and TM certainly had the right to do that because, as stated above, he reasonably feared that GZ was trying to either rob him or kidnap him. Moreover, GZ stated, contrary to what you stated, that TM 'punched' him in the nose, presumably with his fist. If there is in fact a "20 oz" AriZona watermelon juice can and the baggy which was used to "swing" at George's nose, then that is direct evidence that TM tried to "DEFEND" himself and not simply "attacked" GZ unprovoked out of the blue. Interesting that you would know that there is a "DENTED" Arizona watermelon juice can when all that has ever been shown is a photo of that can. To the best of my recollection, a 'dent' in the can is not apparent from the photos. But skipping that for a second, there has also been 'no' discussion that Trayvon actually used that can to "swing at George's nose". Such specific details could only be known by either the killer himself or someone close to him that actually know of these specific details, but they nevertheless support the theory that GZ initiated that confrontation causing Trayvon to "SWING" that 20 oz Arizona watermelon juice can at GZ's nose in an attempt to keep GZ from trying to "DETAIN" him BEFORE he got shot. Thus, taking it all into prospect, George Zimmerman tried to 'DETAIN' Trayvon Martin against his will, and in the course of trying to do so, Trayvon 'SWUNG' the 20 oz Arizona watermelon juice can at George's nose, leaving the can dented, and in response, George shot Trayvon. That is essentially the crux of why George shot Trayvon, and it is also a compelling reason to find that George Zimmerman is guilty of Second Degree Murder. I have printed this entire tread and forwarded it on to the State's Attorney for further investigation since you have provided certain specific details that only the shooter would know; namely that Trayvon "swung at George's nose" with the Arizona watermelon juice can.
https://www.facebook.com/StandYourGroundMaine/posts/277248532398022?comment_id=1256289&ref=notif¬if_t=feed_comment

CamoBerns
CamoBerns

Judge allows Trayvon Martins records in trial.

LouAZ
LouAZ

Z's Lawyer released photo to who ? The Media ? Is he trying to influence the jury pool ? Preping for a mis-trial in case his guy is convicted ? Where was the Judge in all this ? Ha, Lawyer played the media like a fiddle.

Sax1031
Sax1031

@LouAZ The judge allowed him to do it following media outlets like NBC editing tapes to make his phone call sound racist. The judge said the family and prosecutors had their time to influence juries in the media and Zimmerman would have his time to do the same.

lonnie.carreau
lonnie.carreau

The news agency that aired the edited version of the 911 call to make it appear racist should front the legal costs pending the outcome of the libel tort coming their way.  That was largely responsible for the circus this has become.

TommyRoff
TommyRoff

To bad ghetto moms don't teach their kids any self control. 

Trayvon would be alive  today

^

CamoBerns
CamoBerns

Look up Tracy Martins records in FLA.  Trayvons father Tracy has a problem with children out of wedlock, among other issues.

lucky2bhere
lucky2bhere like.author.displayName 1 Like

C'mon! Let's get this over with. There are ways for him to get through the next six months, and there is nothing here that says he's entitled to more than anyone else while awaiting a murder trial! Unbelievable.

TreAnthony
TreAnthony like.author.displayName like.author.displayName like.author.displayName like.author.displayName 4 Like

George Zimmerman might as well hang it up. He has 6 months before he go on trial. If he can't afford to pay his legal expenses, why don't he just get a court-appointed attorney or get Robert Zimmerman or his retired magistrate dad to represent him for free. Because between now and June he will need at least 3 or 4 more hundred thousand dollars for his donors. They already donated enough money to feed those children that's less fortunate but they gave it instead to a child murderer, George Zimmerman. There's no need to feel sorry for the very person who started all of this mess.

CamoBerns
CamoBerns

Well Buckwheat Trayvon the thug is dead and George is alive.

bmhay1
bmhay1 like.author.displayName 1 Like

I would think the state would like to know whether the attornies are being paid as George Zimmerman was declared "indigent."  DeeDee and Trayvon have been Friends since elementary school days, I don't believe they were true boyfriend/girlfriend in the sense that most take it, but rather True Best Friends, like most people long for.  She appears immature and certainly NOT well spoken, but a very important witness, for sure, and certainly one to be protected.

Nothing wrong with collecting money for George Zimmerman's defense, even the guilty need to be defended, no?  LIFE FOR GEORGE ZIMMERMAN.........................................JUSTICE FOR TRAYVON!!!!!

Erl_Svendsen
Erl_Svendsen

Pretty lame article for the once esteemed time magazine.  Why don't you follow up on the news that the woman on the phone with Trayvon Martin, nickname DeeDee by the Martin family attorney, was 18 years old on February 26, 2012, and is still 18 years old.  What was she doing dating such a young boy as Trayvon, who was on his way home from the candy store.  Why not follow up with the inconsistencies in the story of this Keyer Soze?

AdalbertoMoxieGonçalvesJr.
AdalbertoMoxieGonçalvesJr. like.author.displayName 1 Like

@Erl_Svendsen Check your facts.  I'm pretty sure she was younger than Trayvon but if she WAS 18, that would make her less than 1 year older than Trayvon so what;s your point?