Judge Sets Zimmerman's Bail At $1 Million
The judge said the increased amount is not a form of punishment rather a sufficient amount to assure the court Zimmerman would not flee. Zimmerman's bail had been set at $150,000 until Judge Kenneth Lester discovered the couple had failed to disclose $150,000 they had recieved in public donations, according to Reuters.
Lester said that while Zimmerman had acted inappropriately, it was not enough to hold him without bail.
"Under any definition, the defendant has flaunted the system," the order said. "The defendant has tried to manipulate the system when he has been presented the opportunity to do so."
Zimmerman's attorney had asked for his client to be released because of the strength of his self-defense claim. Prosecutor Bernie de la Rionda had asked the judge to keep Zimmerman in custody.
"He quite frankly was manipulating the whole thing; he was using his wife as a conduit," de la Rionda said.
Zimmerman only has to pay a fraction of his $1 million bail to be released.
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