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Prosecutors' motion to revoke George Zimmerman's bond

Prosecutors' motion to revoke George Zimmerman's bond

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INTHECIRCUITCOURTOFTHEEIGHTEENTHJUDICIALCIRCUITINANDFORSEMINOLECOUNTY,FLORIDASTATEOFFLORIDAVS.CASENO.:2012-001083-CFASANO:1712F04573GEORGEZIMMERMAN
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MOTIONTOREVOKEBOND
TheStateofFlorida,byandthroughtheundersignedAssistantStateAttorney,pursuanttoRule3.131and3.132,FloridaRulesofCriminalProcedure,
moves
thisHonorableCourttoenteranorderrevokingDefendant'sbond.AsgroundstheStatestates:1.On
4/12/2012,
DefendantfiledaMotiontosetReasonableBond.AmongthereasonscitedbyDefendantwere:a)Defendantdoesnot
have
acurrentUnitedStatespassport,andpromisesuntothisCourtnottoattempttosecureoneduringthependencyofthismatter.b)Defendanthasnosignificantfinancialassets,orsavings,inthatthefundsforanybondwillcomefromhisfamily.2.On
4/20/2012,
thisCourtconductedaBondHearinginwhichDefendantwaspresentandseveralofDefendant'sfamilymemberstestified
via
telephoneunderoath.AttheBondHearingDefendantmisrepresented,misleadanddeceivedtheCourtastohispossessionofaUnitedStatespassport,andDefendantandhisfamily'sfinancialcircumstances.3.On
4/27/2012,
thisCourtheldaHearingregardingMotionsfiledbymediaattorneys.DefenseCounselinformedtheCourtthatattheBondHearingon
4/20/2012,
Defendant'sfamilymembersmisinformedtheCourt(theStatewoulduseamuchstrongerandaccuratewordtodescribewhatoccurred--Defendant'swifeliedtotheCourt)aboutDefendantandhisfamily'sfinances.DefenseCounseltoldtheCourtthatthemoneyhadnowbeentransferredintoatrustaccountcontrolledbyDefenseCounsel.
ZIMMERMAN,GEORGE12-1083-CFpage1
 
4.Atthe
4/27/2012
Hearing,theStateaskedtheCourttoincreaseDefendant'sbond.TheCourtruledthatbeforeitcouldmakeadecisionitwouldneedtoseewhohadcontrolovertheaccount,findouthowtheaccountwascreated,andwhowasinchargewhenpaymentsweremadeintotheaccount.
DEFENDANT'SPASSPORT
5.AtthebeginningoftheBondHearingon
4/20/2012,
DefenseCounselinformedtheCourtthatDefendantwassurrenderinghisUnitedStatespassportandtenderedittotheCourt,notingthatthepassport"expiredinMay2012".DefenseCounselstated"thisismyclient'scurrentpassportandonlypassportthathehas"(Transcriptpage7,copyattached).Defendant'sUnitedStatespassport,
#
301813125,issued
5/22/2002,
wasintroducedintoevidence.Defendantwaspresentinthecourtroomwhenthisoccurred.6.Nothingcouldbefurtherfromthetruth.AsdetailedintheattachedcertifiedrecordsfromtheUnitedStatesDepartmentofState,PassportServices,thepassportsurrenderedtotheCourton
4/20/2012
wasnottheonlypassportthatwasissuedandavailabletoDefendant.7.On
5/22/2002,
DefendantobtainedUnitedStatespassport
#
301813125,whichwasgoodfortenyears,andexpiredinMay2012.SeeattachedUnitedStatepassportapplication.ThiswastheUnitedStatespassportthatwasintroducedattheBondHearing.8.On
3/8/2004,
DefendantfiledaclaimwiththeDepartmentofStatePassportOfficeallegingthathisUnitedStatespassportwaslostorstolen,andappliedforanotherUnitedStatespassport.SeeattachedFormDS64StatementRegardingaLostorStolenPassport.9.On
3/26/2004,
DefendantobtainedanotherUnitedStatespassport
#
017355779.Thispassportiscurrentlyvaliduntil2014.SeeattachedUnitedStatespassportapplication.10.0n
4/17/2012
@1127(call
#
18587153),whileDefendantwasincustodyintheSeminoleCountyJailonthischarge,Defendantcalledhiswifeandspoketoherabouthispassport.Thecallwasrecorded.SeeattachedSeminoleCountyjailrecording.Atapproximatelysevenminutesintothecallthefollowingconversationtookplaceregardingthepassport:DefendantDoyouknowwhat?Ithinkmypassportisinthatbag.ShellyZimmerman:Ihaveoneforyouinsafetydepositbox...Defendant:Ok,youholdontothat.
ZIMMERMAN,GEORGEl2-1083-CFPage2
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ShellyZimmerman:Foryou....11.TheStatehasnotifiedtheappropriateauthoritiesregardingDefendanthavinganadditionalUnitedStatespassportandtheyareonalertincaseDefendantattemptstousethepassporttofleethecountry.12.TheStatewouldrequestthatDefendantataminimumberequiredtoimmediatelyturnoverhisUnitedStatespassporttolawenforcementiftheCourtneedsadditionaltimetoruleonthisMotion.
DEFENDANT'SFINANCIALCIRCUMSTANCESATTHETIMEOFTHEBONDHEARING
13.AsDefenseCounselpreviouslymentionedduringtheMediaHearingon
4/27/2012,
Defendant'sfamilydidhaveaccesstomoneyatthetimethisCourtheardDefendant'sBondMotionon
4/20/2012.
14.Duringthe
4/27/2012
HearingtheCourtrequestedDefenseCounselprovidetheCourtandStateanaccountingforthemoneyDefendanthadobtainedthroughhiswebsiteandPayPalrecords.DefenseCounselsubmittedaletteron
5/18/2012
withdocumentstothisCourt,andcopiedtheState,explainingthemoneyDefendanthadavailable.15.Defendant'swife,ShellyZimmermantestifiedunderoathattheBondHearingon
4/20/2012
aboutthefamilyandDefendant'sfinancialcircumstances.16.ShellyZimmermanstatedthefollowing:QuestioningbyMr.O'Mara(Transcriptpage15,copyattached).Q:Othermajorassetsthatyouhavewhichyoucanliquidatereasonablytoassistincomingupwithmoneyforabond?
A:
NonethatIknowof.Q:Ihavediscussedwithyouthependingmotiontohaveyourhusband,George,declaredindigentforcost,haveInot?A:Yes,youhave.Q:Areyouofanyfinancialmeanswhereyoucanassistinthosecosts?A:NotthatI'mawareof.Q:Iunderstandthatyoudohaveotherfamilymemberspresentwithyou,andI'llasksomemorequestionsofthem,buthaveyouhaddiscussionswiththemofatleasttryingtopulltogethersomefundstoaccomplishabond?
ZIMMERMAN,GEORGE12-1083-CFpage3

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