After many many recorded telephone calls were released it looks like George Zimmerman's criminal defense lawyer may have a little explaining to do. The media is now saying that Zimmerman's attorney knew about a small fortune that Zimmerman had compiled for his legal defense via online money transfer giant, Paypal. It doesn't appear that the tapes are conclusive but many are saying that Zimmerman's criminal defense attorney allowed the court to hear testimony he knew not to be true. This being the testimony of Zimmerman's wife referring to the couples finances and Zimmerman's ability to make bond. I don't know if he knew or didn't know but I don't think the tapes prove either way what the lawyer knew. You be the judge. Here is the article that says what the tapes contained.
Jail Call Suggests attorney knew about Zimmerman Money
By Frances Robles
MIAMI -- Prosecutors released
nearly 150 of George Zimmerman's recorded jailhouse phone calls Monday,
including one that suggests his defense attorney knew from the start
that tens of thousands of dollars in donations had begun pouring in. In a phone call recorded April 14 between Zimmerman and a friend
named Scott, the two discuss the new defense lawyer and the attorney's
vision for an upcoming bond hearing. Zimmerman tells his friend that he
told his new attorney, Mark O'Mara, that he tried to transfer $37,000
from his online legal defense fund site, but could not complete the
transaction because of PayPal rules that prevent transfers larger than
$10,000. He twice mentions telling O'Mara about the money.
"He said he's going to have me declared indigent," Zimmerman told
his friend. "I told him I didn't think that would be possible, because
there was one sizable transfer I tried to make. It got stopped. You
know, $37. He said: 'Well that doesn't matter. Right now you're not
working. You're not providing an income for your family. You're probably
not going to be employable for the rest of your life.'"
one point the friend asks whether O'Mara knew "the volume" of the
donations that came into the PayPal account Zimmerman had set up to
solicit donations from the public. Zimmerman said O'Mara knew about the
attempted transfer of $37,000, but not any more than that. They agreed to keep it that way. At an April 20 bond hearing, Zimmerman's wife testified the couple
was broke, and the judge granted her husband a $150,000 bond. Days
later, O'Mara declared to the court that Zimmerman had actually amassed a
small fortune in donations. At the time, O'Mara said he had failed to press his client about how much money he had raised.
Prosecutors then reviewed Zimmerman's jailhouse calls and bank
records, and found that he, his wife, sister and the friend had
collaborated to transfer all the donations out Zimmerman's name into
cash. Zimmerman and his wife were recorded talking in a simple code to
refer to large amounts of money. "Eight dollars" meant $80,000. Furious, Seminole County Circuit Judge Kenneth Lester sent Zimmerman
back to jail. A new bail hearing was held in June, and Zimmerman was
released on a $1 million bond. Zimmerman's wife was charged with perjury for lying at the first bond hearing.
Critics have questioned O'Mara's role in the plot, wondering
whether he was really duped by his client or if he played a role in
misleading the court. Zimmerman's wife, Shellie, testified that it was
her brother-in-law who managed the online donations and she did not know
how much was in it. O'Mara did not call Zimmerman's brother to testify. Reached late Monday, O'Mara insisted he did not know about the money.
"I recall now some conversation of a transfer, but I don't recall a
specific amount," O'Mara told The Miami Herald. "If it was $10,000 or
$100,000 or $30,000, I would have remembered. It's not the type of thing
you would risk your license to practice law over." He
stressed that the recording shows that Zimmerman was keeping him "at an
arm's length" regarding the funding he had raised. He does not think the
recording is clear-cut about whether Zimmerman told him about the
money. "I would have remembered $37,000," he said. "I can't imagine not remembering. It puts my credibility on the line."
The bulk of the calls reveal that Zimmerman was bored out of his
skull, in a cell with no mirror and no clock. He seemed to have nearly
unlimited access to a phone. In jail for just 11 days, he averaged more
than 10 15-minute calls a day. He's heard whispering sweet nothings to
his wife, and growing exasperated as she fails to understand his code
language. Fluent in Spanish, in one call he lamented to his
sister that their parents did not give him a proper Hispanic name like
"Jorge." If America had understood he was Latino, the entire ugly affair
over the shooting death of Trayvon Martin could have been avoided, he
said. Zimmerman is charged with second degree murder for the
Feb. 26 killing of the Miami Gardens teenager. The charges came only
after weeks of protests by civil rights activists, people who Zimmerman
said wrongly believed him to be "white."
At least one protest
was almost held to support Zimmerman, but he stepped in and had
organizers call off the rally. On April 19, Zimmerman reached out to the
Rev. Terry Jones of Gainesville, Fla., to stop him from holding a rally
in Sanford that weekend. Jones had made headlines around the
world when his threat to hold "International Burn a Koran Day" on the
anniversary of 9/11 set off deadly protests in Afghanistan. On the phone, Zimmerman prayed with Jones and asked him to give America time to heal.
"I was calling as one God-fearing sinner to another for time for
healing, not just for the city of Sanford, for America," Zimmerman said.
"I know your intentions are good." He was inspired by the
biblical story of Jesus calming the storms, he said. Jesus, he said,
wanted everyone to calm the storms. Zimmerman asked Jones to come visit him in the jail instead