George Zimmerman Released From Jail

George Zimmerman has posted bond and been released from jail. The Orlando Sentinel says the jail reports he used a bondsperson to make the $150,000. bond.

Here's a photo from Reuters and the Orlando Sentinel. The Seminole County Sheriff issued this statement [More...]:

SEMINOLE CO. (April 23, 2012) - George Zimmerman was released this morning from the John E. Polk Correctional Facility (JEPCF) at the Seminole County Sheriff's Office. Zimmerman posted bond and was fitted with an electronic monitoring device prior to release. He departed the facility at approximately 12 a.m. Zimmerman’s GPS device will be monitored by the SCSO and Seminole County Probation.

Monitoring is “real-time” and enables immediate identification of an offender’s whereabouts at any given time anywhere in the U.S. The SCSO will not be releasing specifics about Zimmerman’s monitoring device or monitoring conditions. Additional background information about GPS monitoring can be found at [here]: No additional information regarding Zimmerman’s release is available at this time.

With Zimmerman out of jail, and the discovery phase just starting, I expect it will be a long time before anything substantive is resolved.

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    I thought It Was... (none / 0) (#1)
    by ScottW714 on Mon Apr 23, 2012 at 09:58:56 AM EST
    ...smart to release him at 12am.  Is that standard or did they do it to keep the circus at bay ?

    Both, I would imagine (none / 0) (#2)
    by jbindc on Mon Apr 23, 2012 at 10:02:03 AM EST
    If someone is scheduled to get out of jail on a certain date, do we make them wait until noon or so? (I don't know)

    I think they just let them out whenever the (none / 0) (#4)
    by Ga6thDem on Mon Apr 23, 2012 at 11:50:54 AM EST
    "processing" is done. Since I understand that there are people to do this 24 hours a day then I imagine they let them out at all times of the day and night.

    in this case though I would imagine it was "deliberate".


    When is the immunity hearing (none / 0) (#3)
    by Doug1111 on Mon Apr 23, 2012 at 11:48:43 AM EST
    likely to take place?  

    I believe it is after the formal arraignment (none / 0) (#5)
    by ruffian on Mon Apr 23, 2012 at 12:06:38 PM EST
    which is currently scheduled for May 29. Not sure how long afterwards it would be.

    Predictions? (none / 0) (#6)
    by Slado on Mon Apr 23, 2012 at 12:31:57 PM EST
    I think there is no way now that a jury hands down a verdict that puts him in jail.

    I would be willing to bet that he either pleas to a lesser charge or walks.

    Interested what the real legal experts think.

    Agreed,,, (none / 0) (#7)
    by ScottW714 on Mon Apr 23, 2012 at 04:04:48 PM EST
    ...and now that's it's become a political issue, there is no way they are going to find 12 people to convict if it even makes it that far.

    Unless there is something really damning that we haven't been privy too, there just isn't enough to get the guy IMO for murder.

    I think the law stinks, but the folks in Florida don't and that's the jury pool.  And the further north you get, the redder it gets.


    6 Jurors (none / 0) (#8)
    by nomatter0nevermind on Mon Apr 23, 2012 at 09:17:55 PM EST
    Florida juries have six members for non-capital cases.

    Police Chief Bill Lee's resignation rejected (none / 0) (#9)
    by Luke Lea on Mon Apr 23, 2012 at 10:57:42 PM EST
    I've seen no evidence of police misconduct yet?  Have you?  Would resigning send the wrong message if in fact the investigation turns out to have been completely professional and by the book?