Zimmerman Bond ‘Substantially’ Lower Than Typical: John Marshall Law School Professor

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The $9,000 bond just set for George Zimmerman in Florida for new assault and battery charges is “substantially” lower than what is typical in a case involving someone with a history of gun violence, according to Hugh Mundy, an assistant professor of evidence at The John Marshall Law School in Chicago.

The $9,000 bond just set for George Zimmerman in Florida for new assault and battery charges is “substantially” lower than what is typical in a case involving someone with a history of gun violence, according to Hugh Mundy, an assistant professor of evidence at The John Marshall Law School in Chicago.

Professor Mundy said: “In Florida, like virtually every other jurisdiction, the court looks at two general factors, flight risk and danger to the community when determining bond. Zimmerman does not present a flight risk. But the court should look at his past use of firearms when assessing his danger to the community. Certainly, the Trayvon Martin case – even though he was found not guilty – should bear upon the court’s determination on whether Zimmerman is a danger to the community. Most people who have been previously arrested on a firearms-related charge would have a bond set substantially higher than $9,000.”

Professor Mundy has commented on Zimmerman and the Trayvon Martin case (case # 12-CF-1083-A) in the past, and is available to comment on the new Zimmerman charges today (Seminole County Sheriff: Booking #: 201300012785). To reach him, please contact Christine Kraly at John Marshall at 312-427-2737, ext. 171, or ckraly(at)jmls(dot)edu.

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