City of Sanford Wants Help With Expenses of George Zimmerman Prosecution
Update: The second hour of the bond hearing can be watched here on YouTube.
As the judge today considers whether to grant George Zimmerman bond, the City of Sanford is reeling from the costs of the investigation and prosecution to date. It's asking that the State of Florida chip in.
The costs so far: $385,000, including:
* $96,000 in overtime
* $182,000 in regular time
* $106,000 in other expenses
These costs don't include expenses of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, the state attorney's office or the special prosecutor.
The judge has granted Zimmerman's request to be free of shackles and appear in non-jail clothes at the hearing.
I think the judge will grant bond. I don't think the bond should be higher than the one previously set. Zimmerman no longer has access to the website funds or the ability to control them. He's actually in worse financial condition today than he was in April, since he is also out the $15,000. he paid or owes in bond premiums.
[Note: Remainder of post deleted, it was part of another post I'm writing on media bias which will be re-posted separately with source links when I have time.]
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