As we told you earlier today, Judge Kenneth Lester Jr. has granted George Zimmerman a second bond in the amount of $1 million. One of the things that Lester addressed in his decision to grant bond was defense attorney O’Mara’s portrayal of George Zimmerman as “a confused young man who was fearful and experienced a moment of weakness and who may also have acted out of a sense of ‘betrayal’ by the system.” As such, we will use Judge Lester’s explanation in a step-by-step analysis that shows George Zimmerman was well aware of what he was doing when he lied about his finances, as well as the events leading up to and surrounding his 2/26/2012 killing of Trayvon Martin.
Statements Made By Zimmerman Attorney During 6/29/2012 Bond Hearing
Last week, we reported that O’Mara “attributes [Zimmerman's lies about the couple’s finances during the 4/20/2012 bond hearing] to fear, confusion, and mistrust of the system that charged him with murder after he cooperated with Sanford Police Department’s initial investigation.” It is not a surprise that Judge Lester would find it important to address these baseless claims in his ruling on today’s bond decision.
“Counsel has attempted to portray the Defendant as being a confused young man who was fearful and experienced a moment of weakness and who may also have acted out of a sense of ‘betrayal’ by the system.”
Zimmerman’s attorney, Mark O’Mara, uses the fact that Zimmerman gave the appearance of cooperation leading up to his arrest and up until the the incident as justification for reinstatement of his bond. Zimmerman went in for questioning by Sanford Police and the Florida State Attorney’s Office, he did the crime scene walkthrough, and he turned himself in both times.
Zimmerman saw the arrest as a slap in the face, because doing all of these things was supposed to be a sign of his innocence. In other words, he was giving the appearance of someone who was innocent, therefore he fully expected not to be arrested. We’ve spoken in the past about how Zimmerman clearly attempts to manipulate people into believing one thing about his character, when in fact, the exact opposite is true.
We consulted a psychiatrist regarding Zimmerman’s actions, in order to gain a better understanding of his manipulation tactics. According to the psychiatrist, claiming betrayal by the system falls into the category of what mental health professionals refer to as projecting one’s own paranoia onto others.
“Paranoia is an unfounded or exaggerated distrust of others, sometimes reaching delusional proportions. Paranoid individuals constantly suspect the motives of those around them, and believe that certain individuals, or people in general, are ‘out to get them.’ And, according to the commonly understood definition, “Projection is a common attribute of paranoia, where people project dislike of themselves onto others such that they believe that most other people dislike them.”
The example given by the psychiatrist was that if a person under “normal” circumstances exhibited the same behavior as Zimmerman in this context, he would be said to be in denial. But, it is not unusual that facing a long jail sentence in a high-profile case that a person would deny their wrong-doing and display behavior that would under normal circumstances be characterized as denial.
However, based on our research into this case, we are aware of other times when Zimmerman exhibited the same behavior patterns when his life wasn’t on the line:
- Recall Witness #22, who was a former coworker of Zimmerman. Here was a new guy on on the job, and because he was somewhat of a shining star, catching on to the job fast, Zimmerman was intimidated. Zimmerman projected his own feeling of inadequacy of not being as good a salesman as the new employee off on the new employee. Zimmerman made the witness perform menial tasks, then embarrassed him in front of other co-workers for complying with his instruction. The witness says Zimmerman referred to him as a “fucking moron,” and performed comedy skits about the witness on the job on multiple occasions. Zimmerman’s taunting of the new employee also included racist references to his Middle Eastern background. When the managers finally confronted Zimmerman about his behavior, he wiggled his way out of the situation with charm, causing even the witness to wonder whether he was imagining Zimmerman’s behavior.
- Witness #22 also gave information on why Zimmerman was eventually fired from the company. It was because Zimmerman made so many calls to the corporate headquarters to complain about his management that corporate eventually told management to get rid of him because he was troublesome. In this case, Zimmerman felt inadequate because he felt that he could do a better job as manager, but he didn’t have the position/authority he felt he deserved. So, he projected this off on the managers, and made numerous complaints about them, telling the corporate office that he could run the company better than the managers.
- Back in May, news broke that George Zimmerman had participated in ride-alongs with the Sanford Police, with the permission of then Police Chief Bill Lee, after which Zimmerman blasted the department. He wanted so badly to be a police officer, yet for whatever reason, he hadn’t been able to become one. Again, feelings of his own inadequacies resurfaced, and he projected his feelings about himself onto the Sanford PD.
- Zimmerman continued with his projection of inadequacy onto the Sanford Police, underscoring that they weren’t doing their job, by heading up the neighborhood watch. We know that he was placed in this position by the Retreat at Twin Lakes homeowner’s association (HOA) board, but he was all too ready to participate. Instead of taking the Sanford Police head on, he developed a passive-aggressive type of camaraderie with them. Furthermore, he participated in the neighborhood watch because he wasn’t allowed to be on the HOA board, because he wasn’t a homeowner.
- And, in one of his most despicable acts besides actually murdering Trayvon Martin, George Zimmerman projected his own attitude of being “up to no good” onto Trayvon Martin in his now infamous 911 call (see call #1). We now know that it was Zimmerman who was up to no good, essentially racially profiling, stalking, and then killing the unarmed teenager who actually had reason to be in the community.
To suggest that his arrest was a “betrayal,” means that Zimmerman believes his cooperation deems his arrest unjust. In his mind, he was betrayed by the system because they did not agree that cooperation equals innocence, when in his demented mind his cooperation was actually an attempt to manipulate law enforcement into not charging him for the murder of unarmed, 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.
Consequently, what Zimmerman really felt was not really betrayal at all, but instead was the disappointment, sting, and angst that his manipulation tactic had failed him. After all, in his previous brushes with the law, he was able to successfully manipulate those in positions “authority” to his advantage–this time it didn’t work though! Zimmerman felt inadequate for not successfully manipulating the system, so instead of attributing the failure to himself, he views it as the system betraying him–projection.
To the claim of a sense of betrayal and confusion, Judge lester finds that, “Based upon all of the evidence presented, this Court finds the opposite. The Defendant has tried to manipulate the system when he has been presented the opportunity to do so.”
“[Zimmerman] is an adult by every legal definition; Trayvon Martin is the only male whose youth is relevant to this case.”
Essentially, Lester is saying that it doesn’t matter that Zimmerman may feel confused, because he is an adult, capable of making adult decisions. He was even able to lawfully carry a concealed weapon in the state of Florida, and could give consent to be interviewed by police without his parents’ permission.
On the other hand, Trayvon Martin was a juvenile, so he is the only one whom the court would view as a child. Even if the false claims that Trayvon attacked Zimmerman first were true (there’s no evidence of this), he would still be viewed as a juvenile in the eyes of the court.
So, being a juvenile, Trayvon Martin’s actions were a direct reflection of his youth. He saw a man watching and following him, and he tried to elude the guy. He ran away.
Imagine the scenario. You have an adult male, 10 plus years Trayvon’s senior, looking at him and following him for a reason–how he was dressed, his gender, and race. So, it was actually Trayvon’s acts of youth–how he was walking in the rain wearing a hoodie–that Zimmerman saw as suspicious enough to confront him over. But, children don’t usually have cars, and Trayvon didn’t have a driver’s license. How else was he going to get home, except to walk in the rain? And, if it was raining while you were walking, and you had a hood on your sweatshirt, wouldn’t you put it on?
For what it’s worth, Trayvon didn’t owe Zimmerman an explanation on his whereabouts, because Zimmerman was no authority to begin with. He didnt identify himself as a member of the neighborhood watch program, nor did he act as a reasonable person in that situation. Instead, Zimmerman approached Trayvon like Chester the child molester. Who would tell their child to stop and answer questions of a grown @ss man who has been watching and staking him through the neighborhood where he lives or is staying?
All of this is why Trayvon’s age IS relevant, and Zimmerman’s is only relevant to the point of comparing his to Trayvon’s. Zimmerman’s age is certainly not relevant in terms of trying to attribute his deliberate deceitful actions to youthful indiscretions and confusion. You will see, however, that Zimmerman’s actions do not support the notion that he was in fact confused at any point, but rather this was a manipulation technique.
“The Defendent has taken courses in criminal justice with the intention of becoming a police officer, an attorney, a judge, or a magistrate like his father.”
The fact that Zimmerman studied criminal justice shows that he has at least some idea of how the judicial system works. It also provides supporting evidence for the assertion that he could and did use this knowledge to his advantage on multiple occasions in the past, as well as in this case.
In his email regarding his application to the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office’s Citizens Law Enforcement Academy, after running down his pedigree and familial ties to law enforcement, George Zimmerman said, “I hold law enforcement officers in high regaurd [sic] as I hope to one day become one.”
By the way, the email he wrote was to explain away his having been arrested for assaulting a police officer, a charge which was later dropped. We’ll tell you more about that later.
Not only did the courses he took in criminal justice feed into his knowledge, but growing up in a family with a father who was a magistrate and a mother who was a deputy clerk of court surely gave George Zimmerman insider knowledge on the inner workings of the judicial system. Consequently, Zimmerman’s claims of ignorance and/or confusion are unbelievable.
“He has been arrested before, having entered and successfully completed a pre-trial intervention program.”
Zimmerman has an arrest history, so he had first-hand knowledge of what to expect during the interrogation process. He also gained additional knowledge of the system during the process leading up to participation in a pre-trial intervention program, which allowed him to avoid the usual penalties for the offense.
Even in the video where he is taking the lie detector test, in the beginning Zimmerman was asking questions of Investigator Singleton in order to better understand their process, so that he could use it to his advantage.
“He has also obtained an injunction and had an injunction entered against him. The injunction against him has obviously been dissolved at some point for him to have validly obtained a permit to carry the firearm used to shoot Trayvon Martin.”
The idea that Zimmerman had a restraining order taken out on him, and then took one out in return is evidence that he at least understood the advantage of taking a defensive posture in legal cases. By reciprocating the injunction, Zimmerman (apparently successfully) helped to cast doubt on whom was the actual victim in the domestic abuse case.
After successfully navigating the judicial system to keep himself out of jail, he took steps to ensure removal of anything present on his record that would prevent him from obtaining a firearm or gaining employment as a law enforcement officer. This included getting the injunction dissolved, as well as anything else that could have stood in the way of his career aspirations in the law enforcement field.
At some point, Zimmerman also took the time to educate himself on the applicable gun laws within the state of Florida. He most certainly knew about “stand your ground” and the idea of carrying a concealed weapon for self defense, because the Florida Concealed Weapon or Firearm Application lists all of the applicable laws and conditions related to carrying a concealed weapon.
Other evidence that Zimmerman had extensive knowledge of Florida’s laws and judicial system comes from his own words in 911 recordings, where he called on multiple occasions to report Black males he found to be “suspicious.” The calls all have the same elements, including Zimmerman establishing both a threat and his concern for the safety of he and neighbors’ property by stating that he was calling because 1) There have been break-ins in his area, and 2) he sees a suspicious person. He said these things, because he knew full well the law said that he could get away with shooting/killing a person if he had “justifiable use of force” as described in Chapter 776 of the Florida Concealed Weapon or Firearm Application.
In these calls Zimmerman is establishing the “facts” needed to get him off for murder. In one of the calls (see Call #2), he was attempting to go outside and confront the guy, but his wife told him not to. This person could have very well been the victim instead of Trayvon, if Zimmerman hadn’t listened to his wife. This call is evidence that Zimmerman IS, in fact, the type of person who would confront someone he found to be suspicious. This is why it is so compelling that he DID confront Trayvon Martin first, before killing him.
Judge Lester mentions the shooting of Trayvon Martin because had Zimmerman not manipulated the system, he would not have been carrying the gun he used to kill the unarmed juvenile on 2/26/2012.
“[Zimmerman] also had the wherewithal to set up a website to collect donations to help defray the costs of his defense.”
George Zimmerman could’t have been too confused, because on 4/9/2012 could foresee the need for a legal defense fund after the public outcry for justice for Trayvon Martin had gone nationwide. He knew that the case was national, and he knew that he would have people who would be willing to donate to him. He knew that he might need to post bail or hire a high-power defense attorney.
The jailhouse phone calls between Zimmerman and his wife show further manipulation to make the money available for whatever they decided to spend it on. He was by no means ignorant of the process. In fact, it is obvious by the way that he instructs his wife on the jailhouse calls that Zimmerman is a strategist, or at least he tries to be. We’re also certain that it was not by accident that Zimmerman turned in his invalid passport and kept the other valid one–yet another sign that he was not confused.
“Thus, before this tragic incident, the Defendant had a very sophisticated knowledge of the criminal justice system over and above that of the average, law-abiding citizen.”
Based on all of the aforementioned evidence, we see that the claim by George Zimmerman and his attorney that Zimmerman was essentially scared and ignorant of the law is absolutely baseless. He probably knows more about the law than most of us.
All of this together points to the fact that every step along the way, leading up to and through the killing of Trayvon Martin, until the 6/29/2012 bond hearing was manipulation on the part of George Zimmerman. He finagled his way through the system with much practice, culminating in setting himself up to get away with murder. He considered himself above the law. Everything we know about George Zimmerman is him trying to game the system and manipulate it in his favor.
He assaulted a police officer, and got away with it. He appears to have assaulted his ex-girlfriend, and got away with it. Now he’s murdered an unarmed teenager, and was on par to get away with it, except that the case went national. Had there been no uprising of dissenting voices, and no pressure placed on the city of Sanford and the state of Florida, chances are, George Zimmerman would have gotten away with murder. And, let’s not be fooled, the trial hasn’t even started, and there is no guarantee of a conviction.
In summary, what we have is George Zimmerman’s claims of ignorance on so many things in this case that his credibility is completely shot. Let’s talk about the things’s he’s said:
- “I didn’t know that Trayvon Martin was as young as he was. I thought he was my age.” This is a lie, because on the 911 call, he calls Martin a “kid.”
- “I didn’t know if Trayvon Martin was armed or not.”
- “I didn’t know the street I was on, so I had to go and look for an address.”
- “I didn’t know I had an extra passport.”
- “I didn’t know the guy I assaulted was a police officer.”
Judge Lester said it best, when he concluded that, “Under any definition, the Defendant has flaunted the system.”
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