Trayvon Martin’s Parents Outraged Over Zimmerman’s Courtroom Apology And Low Bail
Can you blame Trayvon Martin’s parents for being pissed their son’s killer had the gall to address them at his bail hearing???
“I am sorry for the loss of your son,” said Zimmerman, 28, who looked bulky in a freshly pressed charcoal-gray suit that tightly covered a bullet-proof vest.
“I did not know how old he was. I thought he was a little bit younger than I am. I did not know if he was armed or not.”
When he was pointedly asked by prosecutors if he was grandstanding for the media, Zimmerman said, “No,” that he was talking only to “the mother and the father” of Martin.
Trayvon’s parents stared stoically from their seats.
After the hearing, a lawyer for the family said the parents were outraged both by the “apology” and the fact that Circuit Judge Kenneth Lester Jr. granted a $150,000 bond, just a fraction of the $1 million bail prosecutors had requested.
“This was the most disingenuous and unfair thing I’ve seen,” said lawyer Natalie Jackson.
Benjamin Crump, another family lawyer, added that “it was devastating that [Zimmerman] got to give a self-serving apology to help get him a bond. Why is everybody protecting George Zimmerman?”
The $150,000 bond means that Zimmerman’s supporters will only have to put up 10 percent, or $15,000, in order to spring him while he faces charges of second-degree murder for shooting the 17-year-old in an Orlando-area subdivision on Feb. 26.
Zimmerman could be out in a few days, said his lawyer, Mark O’Mara. George’s dad is expecting to take out a second mortgage to raise the cash.
Lester barred Zimmerman from keeping guns if he is bailed out, and set a 7 p.m.-to-6 a.m. curfew. Zimmerman also surrendered his passport, though he may be allowed to live outside Florida because of concerns for his safety.
O’Mara said Zimmerman was speaking from the heart when he made his courtroom mea culpa yesterday.
“He had always wanted to acknowledge what happened that day,” O’Mara said. “I was hoping that it could be accomplished in a private way. We weren’t afforded that opportunity.”
O’Mara said Zimmerman decided to speak after hearing Martin’s mom, Sybrina Fulton, tell reporters she wanted to hear from him, according to CNN.
“He didn’t want to defend himself. He didn’t want to discuss the facts of the case. He heard the request of the family, and he wanted to respond to it,” O’Mara said according to the CNN.
Legal experts said that a suspect saying “sorry” at a bail hearing was highly unusual. But Zimmerman’s careful wording ensured that his apparent apology wasn’t an admission of guilt, they said.
Yeah, he definitely ain’t admitting he’s sorry HE KILLED their son. What do you think? Could Zimmerman’s apology have been genuine? Was it inappropriate for him to speak to Trayvon’s parents in front of the public considering they declined his request to meet with him?
And how insulting is that low azz bail???
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