As a foreigner who has been following this case I have a very basic question:
What exactly would happen to Zimmerman's legal fees if he was acquitted?
Just for comparison's sake, here his expenses would be paid up to a certain limit. That limit is meant to cover all necessary expenses. In practice it is often not enough to cover everything, but at least it is enough for a defender to do reasonably well out of it (and quite a bit more than the public defender rate.)
It depends on what is left over. His current defense fund had about 40k in billed items plus the 85k additional bond. So the accounts payable took a 125k hit leaving him approx 85k still to work with. Out of that his still has a lot of expenses that will be due for things like expert testimony, stenography, etc.
Now he has been pulling in about a $1000 a day but there could have been a surge from supporters after his $1m bond was announced a day or two ago.
MOM bills out at $400.00p/hour and I don't know what Donald West charges, but it is probably comparable, and both of those men are hoping to be paid. Donald West was taken on Pro Bono and MOM announced Pro Bono at the start.