George Zimmerman to ask for $200,000 from Florida for court costs
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"We're probably going to ask for somewhere between $200,000 and $300,000," lead attorney Mark O'Mara said.
But, O'Mara said, the chances are slim they'll receive anywhere near that sum.
"We're not going to get it. The case law here is quite limited. Even though we're going to ask for it, the amount that we'd most likely get is significantly less."
Such a request is fairly standard in the state. Casey Anthony, who was charged with murdering her 2-year-old daughter, filed a similar request after her acquittal in a Florida courtroom in 2011.
While the final accounting is still being tabulated ahead of the formal request, the highest expense in the Zimmerman trial were the expert witnesses.
"We had to bring in four to five experts on the voice issue. That was as much as $75,000 to $100,000," O'Mara said.
Transcripts ran approximately $20,000, he said.
However, under state law, any attorney's fees would be exempt from such a refund.
O'Mara estimated the fees he would ordinarily have charged run approximately $1 million -- fees that don't include the amount that would have been charged by co-counsel Don West, nor others on the team that put together the successful defense.
"I haven't gotten one penny in fees," O'Mara said. "I do have an agreement with George that if he comes into money, I would get paid."
Despite being currently unemployed, Zimmerman could potentially get income through other sources such as writing a book, or any money resulting from a defamation lawsuit against NBC News for airing an inaccurate editing of Zimmerman's call to non-emergency dispatchers the night Trayvon Martin was shot and killed on February 26, 2012.
In all, O'Mara estimated the total cost of defending George Zimmerman to be around $2 million.
Zimmerman was acquitted by a six-person jury in July on second-degree murder and manslaughter charges.
The high-profile case sparked a heated nationwide discussion of race as well as debate over Florida's "stand your ground" law. Martin was an unarmed black teenager, and Zimmerman identifies himself as Hispanic.
Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch captain, called police after spotting Martin walking through the neighborhood. He followed Martin, against the directions of a dispatcher, and argued that he shot the 17-year-old after he and the teenager fought because he feared for his life. The prosecution said Zimmerman profiled Martin because he was black, followed him and shot him during a confrontation.
He was found not guilty and he should leave it at that and move on.
This will certainly cause more problems amongst the many who disagreed with the verdict.
This trial cost the state of FL a lot of money.
Let george and his attorney write books to pay for it all!
They should not be subsidized by the state at all.
Talk about adding insult to injury.Not only did he start a confrontation and end up killing the person HE started the confrontation with,AND GET AWAY WITH IT,now he is doing this.Shows much about his character.
Florida tax payers should tell them to go frack themselves, then demand a refund of the wasted MILLIONS of their tax dollars on this trial.
Sounds like "Expert Witnessing" is a lucrative job tho.
Oh, and to Zimmerman's attorney... we are only worth what someone is willing to pay us. Zimmerman paid you nothing, so how can you say your work is worth millions? Rhetorical question of course. The answer is the same if the question were asked of a plastic surgeon.
As usual, the victims were the taxpayers. Under the guise of "racism", the State took this to trial knowing they did not have a real case. Those that demanded this farce should be the ones that pay. Too bad that is impossible.
Only 3 states have this absurd state law and FL is one of them. This state of FL has some pretty stupid laws and they need to re-examine their laws, change is needed! Between stand your ground and this State Restiution law; they are whacky.