In the hours after a judge raised George Zimmerman’s bond to $1 million, his attorney, Mark O’Mara, took to the web to ask supporters for fresh donations. In his plea, O’Mara appeals to those who have gravitated to the Zimmerman side over issues of race, the media, and the U.S. Constitution.
The judge in the case issued a harshly worded, lengthy order on Thursday demanding the much higher bond. Judge Kenneth Lester claimed that Zimmerman attempted to manipulate the system when he and his wife used rudimentary code to try and hide the money he had raised from supporters, even from O’Mara. And the judge worried that the more than $150,000 the Zimmermans had access to at the time of his April 20 bond hearing, combined with a second passport he also concealed from the court, made him a flight risk.
But O’Mara, who unsuccessfully argued that Zimmerman was nothing more than a scared young man who felt burned by the system, says his client has enough money to pay the 10 percent required to make bond, but not as much money as people might think.
While the defense works on securing the necessary collateral — or a deal with a bondsman that will allow them to forego the full amount — O’Mara’s firm is pleading for past donors to come back. The plea notes how “in the days surrounding Mr. Zimmerman’s initial arrest, supporters surprised everyone with the strength of their donations.” And they’re hoping those donors return.