Zimmerman lawyer to ask Florida to pay up to $300,000 in legal costs: report

Tue Aug 27, 2013 12:26am EDT

George Zimmerman looks down as his defense team Don West (R), and Lorna Truett (C), react upon hearing the verdict in Zimmerman's 2012 shooting death of Trayvon Martin at the Seminole County Criminal Justice Center in Sanford, Florida, July 13, 2013. REUTERS/Joe Burbank/Pool

George Zimmerman looks down as his defense team Don West (R), and Lorna Truett (C), react upon hearing the verdict in Zimmerman's 2012 shooting death of Trayvon Martin at the Seminole County Criminal Justice Center in Sanford, Florida, July 13, 2013.

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(Reuters) - George Zimmerman, whose acquittal in the shooting death of unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin sparked protests across the United States, will ask Florida to pay up to $300,000 of his legal expenses, his attorney told the Orlando Sentinel on Monday.

Zimmerman will rely on state law that allows a defendant who has been found not guilty to be reimbursed for costs associated with a case, the paper reported.

Mark O'Mara, attorney for the 29-year-old Zimmerman, will soon prepare a motion seeking authorization of the payments and will submit that to the judge who presided over the case, the lawyer told the Orlando Sentinel on Monday evening.

O'Mara could not be reached for comment.

Zimmerman could not recoup attorney fees under the law, but he could seek costs related to the trial such as expenditures for expert witnesses and an animated video that defense attorneys showed jurors, the Orlando Sentinel reported. The costs could range between $200,000 and $300,000, the paper said.

Zimmerman, who is white and Hispanic, was found not guilty of murder and manslaughter on July 13 in Florida after a racially charged trial in the shooting of Martin, a 17-year-old African-American, in February 2012. Thousands of people demonstrated across the United States after the verdict.

Zimmerman was a volunteer neighborhood watchman in the central Florida town of Sanford, Florida, at the time of the shooting and said he acted in self-defense.

(Reporting by Alex Dobuzinskis in Los Angeles; Editing by Ken Wills)

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Comments (27)
BobC2012 wrote:
Reuters – you just don’t get it do you? You say “Zimmerman is White and Hispanic” – still trying to fan those nonexistent racial elements? Do you call Obama “White and Black”
Thought not.

Zimmerman deserves the money from Florida, plus another $300K from Reuters and the other old media that tried to make that case into something it clearly was not. We saw through that, and so did the jury.

Aug 26, 2013 12:59am EDT  --  Report as abuse
Gideon_71 wrote:
After he gets the 300K, I hope he sues for malicious prosecution, racial profiling, false arrest, and 1983 civil rights violations. I hope this man gets a hundred million dollars, and then uses every penny of it to go after Eric Holder and the special prosecutor PERSONALLY.

Aug 27, 2013 1:04am EDT  --  Report as abuse
assmuncher wrote:
There goes the liberal media spin doctor spinning away. He’s not Hispanic and White, hes WHITE and HISPANIC. Makes a big difference doesn’t it, Eh Reuters?

Aug 27, 2013 2:17am EDT  --  Report as abuse
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