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The original fund was formed by George Zimmerman himself -- before his arrest, in the initial days of the media frenzy started by Ben Crump, Natalie Jackson, Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson and the PR firm hired to fan the flames, Julison Communications (the story of this PR blitz is profiled on the ParksCrump.com website). While most media outlets perpetuated the narrative repeated constantly by Ben Crump who said that what George Zimmerman did was to ". . profile, pursue, and confront Trayvon Martin, and then kill Trayvon Martin in cold blood, even though he was unarmed; (see video of Crump on Piers Morgan Tonight)" there was notable exception, Sean Hannity, who questioned the narrative pushed by Parks and Crump and Mr. Hannity urged his viewers not to jump to conclusions about George Zimmerman. As a result, thousands donated to George via TheRealGeorgeZimmerman.com website.TheRealGeorgeZimmerman.com website was shut down by George at the request of his lawyer, Mark O'Mara, who became aware of the funds shortly after the April 20th Bond Hearing. After learning of the funds, Mr. O'Mara notified the court, and most of the funds were transferred to a trust account, and then shortly thereafter, to the independently managed George Zimmerman Defense Fund. Mr. Zimmerman paid the price for the perceived lack of candor to the Court during his April 20th Bond Hearing regarding the amount of money he had raised -- a price that included spending more than 30 days in jail (where he was housed in solitary confinement), a $1,000,000 bond, and charge of perjury levied against his wife. While the fund has been independently managed, very little has been done to solicit donations. Nonetheless, since its establishment on May 3, 2012, the George Zimmerman Defense Fund has raised just over $140,000.Currently, the balance of the George Zimmerman Defense Fund is at its lowest, and new funds must be raised to support George's living expenses and legal costs through the end of the Self Defense Immunity Hearing and/or trial. Although neither Mr. O'Mara nor Mr. West have received any payment to date for their services, there has been a persistent concern amongst some Zimmerman supporters that donations meant to support George could be used instead for attorneys fees. This simply is not the case, and it has never been the case, but to underscore the point, management of the fund will be transferred to a new fund manager of Mr. Zimmerman's choosing. Priority for the funds will be as it has always been, in this order: to pay for George's living expenses, to pay for costs associated with the defense, and then -- only if funds remain -- to pay appropriate legal fees. That has always been the priority plan, and we reassert it now.
George Zimmerman will be taking over his defense fund in December:The Miami Herald is following its usual tack in an article by Frances Robles with the headline George Zimmerman to sell autographs to pay expenses.
George Zimmerman will be taking over his defense fund in December:Quote[M]anagement of the fund will be transferred to a new fund manager of Mr. Zimmerman's choosing.
[M]anagement of the fund will be transferred to a new fund manager of Mr. Zimmerman's choosing.
Bryan @Belkyreth@RoblesHerald @GZlegalCase Well it kinda does outright say selling autographs is not the intent.12h Frances Robles @RoblesHerald@Belkyreth but I still assert: if they were just thank you cards, then why advertise them in advance? Just send them! 11:32 AM - 30 Nov 12 · Details12h Frances Robles @RoblesHerald@Belkyreth you know, you are right. I re- read and will delete my tweet.