4.20.2012

Judge sets George Zimmerman's bail at $150,000. He says to Trayvon Martin's parents "I am sorry for the loss of your son."


by Brother Jesse Muhammad

On April 20, Judge Kenneth Lester, Jr. granted Zimmerman a $150,000 bail. The bond hearing took place in a Seminole County courtroom. Upon his release, Zimmerman must wear a GPS monitor, refrain from contacting Trayvon Martin's family and its a possibility he may be allowed to go outside the state due to safety concerns. Prior to making the decision, the judge heard testimonies from relatives of Zimmerman and an investigator from the State Attorney's office.

Zimmerman even took the stand and said to Trayvon's parents, "I wanted to say I am sorry for the loss of your son. I did not know how old he was, I thought he was a little bit younger than I am and I did not know if he was armed or not."

I watched the bail hearing live online and I can't say that I'm surprised. From the start, Zimmerman has been treated favorably especially with the blunders of the Sanford Police Department. Why was the bail set so low or is this the norm for a second-degree murder case? As for Zimmerman's apology: What in the world does Trayvon's age have to do with him killing that unarmed 17-year-old on Feb. 26? I didn't see any sincerity in his face and he was actually smiling at the end of the hearing. This bond amount makes it very clear that getting a conviction will be an uphill battle. What is a Black life worth in America? Today, it is priced at $150,000.

Here's an article in the recent edition of The Final Call: "Protests. Rallies. Prayers. Rage. Charges filed against George Zimmerman with explosion of outrage over death of Trayvon Martin but will he be found guilty of killing Black teenager?"