One more entry for the “You’ve Got to Be KIDDING Me!” files. Florida taxpayers have already dropped close a million dollars for George Zimmerman’s defense in the case that involved the shooting death of 17-year-old African-American Trayvon Martin. Zimmerman never denied shooting Martin, but always said it was done in self-defense. Evidence introduced at the trial couldn’t produce conclusively who was the aggressor or how much danger Zimmerman’s life may or may not have been in, and based on the laws of the state, Zimmerman was acquitted.
The case has become a metaphor for race relations in America, and you’d think that the man at the center of it would do his best to keep his head down and stay out of the limelight, considering that he was just very fortunate to not spend considerable time behind bars. Had the case taken place in a state with different definitions of self-defense, the outcome may very well have been quite different. Even prominent Republicans with decorated military careers like Colin Powell are casting doubt on the case’s verdict. So what does Zimmerman do now?
Zimmerman just submitted a bill to the State of Florida to pay his lawyer’s fees. By law, lawyer’s fees are not automatically paid by the state, even when an attorney is assigned to you. Zimmerman however, feels it’s totally legit for Trayvon’s parents to be among those having to pay for privilege of their son’s admitted killer walking free. Only in America.
Watch the CBS Morning News coverage of this story below.