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Tuesday August 27, 2013

George Zimmerman Wants What?  $200,000 in Fees Reimbursed from State that Found Him Not Guilty

George Zimmerman Wants What?  $200,000 in Fees Reimbursed from State that Found Him Not Guilty

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The attorney’s of George Zimmerman plan to file a motion to seek reimbursement of legal fees from the state of Florida, where Zimmerman was found not guilty of killing teen Trayvon Martin.

Zimmerman’s attorneys are operating under the Florida law that allows a defendant to ask for some fee reimbursement if they are acquitted of their charges.  Zimmerman was acquitted of the 2012 killing of the unarmed African-American teen.  His attorneys successfully argued a self-defense case having him acquitted of second-degree murder and manslaughter charges.

The state of Florida spent in the range of $800,000-$900,000 to try Zimmerman and may now owe him some $200,000-to-$300,000. The request according to legal experts is quite standard and the reimbursement amount will end up be far less than what is asked for. 

The fees that Zimmerman’s attorneys are seeking to recoup represent witness fees, court fees and travel expenses not attorney fees. 

Martin was 17-years-old when he was shot and killed by Zimmerman, the local neighborhood watchman, near his father’s home in Sanford, Florida.  The February 26, 2012 incident sparked outrage across the country due to the fact Martin was not armed at the time of his death and thought to have been racially-profiled by Zimmerman who maintains he was acting in self-defense.  The controversial verdict also sparked outrage and protests across the country.