Zimmerman Asking State To Pay His Bill
A jury found George Zimmerman not guilty of murder. Now, his legal team wants the state of florida to reimburse his legal expenses.
According to state law, Zimmerman will likely get at least part of what his lawyers are asking for. His defense team estimates Zimmerman's acquittal cost millions, and now, Florida taxpayers could be paying part of the bill.
"I just think it's absurd that he had to spend it" said Mark O'Mara, Zimmerman's attorney. "We had to spend it, the donors had to spend it, and that somebody shouldn't pay that back."
Florida law 939.06 makes it clear: a criminal defendant who is acquitted doesn't have to pay court costs or fees. O'Mara says that includes fees for transcripts and experts who testified.
Zimmerman has to make a case for his reimbursement, and he may not get everything he's asking for, but whatever taxpayers pay, add it to the bill they're already picking up for jury costs, court security costs, and the costs to the City of Sanford. The Orlando Sentinel recently estimated the cost of those expenses at $902,000.
Zimmerman was acquitted last month in the 2012 shooting death of 17 year Trayvon Martin. He has gone into hiding since his acquittal.
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