In today’s hearing, as part of the defense team’s presentation on the Motion to Set Reasonable Bond, evidence was introduced to the court to show the weaknesses in the State’s murder case against Mr. Zimmerman and to support Mr. Zimmerman’s consistently maintained position that he acted in self defense. Further, we submitted evidence through the testimony of a forensic expert verifying that all the money in question has been properly accounted for. The Court will review the evidence submitted, and we anticipate a decision on bond will be made early next week. The defense requested that the court reinstate the original $150,000 bond.
Mr. Zimmerman’s defense team has filed a Motion to Set Reasonable Bond in advance of the hearing scheduled for Friday, June 29. A copy of the motion is available below.
The Court has acknowledged that Mr. Zimmerman’s statements are to be made public. As these are the statements of our client, we are filing a Notice of Reciprocal Discovery. Below is a copy of our Notice of Reciprocal Discovery and the associated files.
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The Court has received our motion for clarification regarding Mr. Zimmerman’s phone calls while in jail, and has agreed to consider the motion at the scheduled June 29 hearing. The motion addressed 145 of the 151 phone calls from jail, and it is our contention that the calls are not only irrelevant to the charges against Mr. Zimmerman, but they could jeopardize friends and family of Mr. Zimmerman who are unrelated to the case.
The remaining six calls contain conversations which are relevant to the bond hearing and were cited by the prosecution in their motion to revoke bond, and we do not object to the release of these calls. As they are to be made public today, and as they are the phone calls of our client, we are providing access to these calls on our website. We are compiling a list of other potentially relevant phone calls and we will present them when appropriate.
Below is a copy of our motion:
Below are the phone 6 phone calls cited by the State:
On Monday, we will be filing a motion to seek a clarification from the Court about the order regarding Mr. Zimmerman’s phone conversations while in jail. Our motion will contend that the majority of the phone calls are personal and irrelevant to the charges against Mr. Zimmerman or issues surrounding the next bond hearing. Moreover, the public release of these phone calls could jeopardize the privacy of friends and family of Mr. Zimmerman who are unrelated to the case. We will not be objecting to the release of phone calls that include conversations relevant to the the bond hearing or the charges Mr. Zimmerman faces.
Yesterday, the prosecution delivered a second round of discovery to the defense. The discovery package includes 7 compact discs and hundreds of pages of documents. It includes surveillance video, police radio transmissions, crime scene photos, 911 calls Mr. Zimmerman made prior to the night of the shooting, and more. The documents include a crime scene diagram, and additional reports from the Sanford Police Department, FDLE, and the FBI. According the June 1 ruling of the Court, the defense will have 30 days to review the discovery before it is made available to the public.
The discovery process is ongoing, and we expect additional discovery to be disclosed as the case develops.