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George Zimmerman Bail Bonds Hearing This Friday

Tuesday, June 26th, 2012

Back in the early 90s, Rodney King plaintively asked “ can’t we all just get along?”   Rodney King who recently passed away, you’ll recall, was the black man beaten by white cops in Los Angeles whose acquittals  in the court system touched off devastating race riots in that city. Once again, it seems, our country is  polarized along sides of racial divide in the Trayvon Martin murder case. The shooter in the case, George  Zimmerman (portrayed variously as White, Hispanic, or White/Hispanic), used the court hearing for his bail on April 20, to  apologize to the family of his victim, which has set off even more controversy.

Bail was set in Orange County court at $150,000 after Mr. Zimmerman was formally charged with  second degree murder for the shooting death of Martin nearly two months ago. On opposing sides of  the controversy are racial profiling (Martin was Black) and the “Stand Your Ground” law that permits lethal force if there is  a threat of injury or death. The family of Trayvon Martin claim that Zimmerman staged his apology to  them as an attempt to influence his bail being set, as it  was almost two months after the shooting.

Supporters of Zimmerman claim that he was merely responding to the questions posed publicly by  Martin’s mother, Sybrina Fulton, ( “are you sorry? did you know he was unarmed? did you know how  young he was?”).    Publicly is where the case is already being tried, with opposing views being expressed and aired on  countless blogs, talk shows, and panels around the country. The judge in the case is not making a  statement regarding Zimmerman’s guilt or innocence; rather, by granting a bail bond, he’s expressing  his confidence that the defendant will show up for court, that he doesn’t pose a threat to the  community at large.

Mark O’Mara, Zimmerman’s lawyer,  filed a motion for this Friday’s bail hearing , when O’Mara will again try to secure his client’s release pending trial.  A trial date has not yet been set.   In a Motion to Set Reasonable Bond, O’Mara argues Florida’s state Constitution practically requires Zimmerman’s pretrial release.

Twenty years later, as another racially divisive incident has galvanized our country, the late Rodney King  summed up his feeling at a recent panel in Los Angeles: “and remember one thing- yes we all can get  along” .

Obama err Osama is Dead ( or is he?)

Friday, May 6th, 2011

A coworker, a fellow bail bondsman called me Sunday night. Excitedly he asked  “are you watching the news?” When I replied no, he blurted “ ding dong, Obama’s dead!”  I had a momentary panic, thinking the president had been assassinated, when he quickly corrected himself, saying “ I mean, Osama, Osama BinLaden!” Relieved it wasn’t the president, I was at first overjoyed to learn the man responsible for fomenting a lot of the world’s terrorist activity had been killed.

As it sunk in, though, I felt more disappointed than anything. I suppose I had wanted Bin Laden to have been captured, paraded publicly in shame, humiliated, like despot Saddam Hussein was at the end. I wonder if a bail bond would have been set for him? How high? Can you imagine an attorney arguing for a lower bail? “ Your honor, my client is not a flight risk”

As event are unfolding, there are so many questions, not enough answers. Why cant’ we see proof? Why is the story changing? Why was the burial at sea? ( in accordance with Islamic tradition, blah, blah, blah…. gee , we don’t want to offend anybody, especially anyone related to the man who called for the planes to crash into Americans on 9/11).

I would have loved to see Bin Laden argue a defense in the World Court, trying to justify the  unleashing of terrorism on innocent victims, but I guess that’s not gonna happen now. The world and I will have to wait for the photos and/or video that supposedly is available, when we’re deemed ready by the powers that be. I’m ready!

Japan’s Earthquake Doesn’t Need Bail Bondsmans

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011

After Japan was hit with a severe magnitude 9 earthquake and tsunami, many of its people experienced a shortage of food and drinking water, but there is no panic or looting going on. In most places gas and water have been turned off along with electricity, yet there is no widespread panic or crime in the streets or shops.  This is in contrast to disasters in other parts of the world that often lead to a period of crime and looting that keep local bail bondsman busy until life returns to normal.

Granted, shops are operating somewhat differently. Customers must wait  outside the shops to purchase things to avoid people hoarding food and water, so that these basic necessities may be distributed evenly among people in need.

There are long lines, but no panic or looting. There are shops with every  window  broken, even the front doors, but nobody enters and nothing has been looted.

Contrast that with the riots and chaos in Port Au Prince after the Haitian Earthquake, or the panic in the streets of New Orleans after Katrina, where
looting and rioting kept the local bail bondsmen busy for a long while after wards.

A bail bondsman would probably starve in Japan, where the people have respect for the law instilled in them. Their collective national identity
places more importance on society as a whole than on individual freedoms.