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Zimmerman’s Wife Is Charged With Perjury

From a cheering Associated Press:

Trayvon Martin shooter’s wife charged with perjury

By KYLE HIGHTOWER | June 13, 2012

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The wife of the neighborhood watch volunteer who killed Trayvon Martin has been accused of lying to a judge about the couple’s finances as they sought his release on bond, leading to a felony charge against her.

On Tuesday, 25-year-old Shellie Zimmerman was charged with perjury, a third-degree felony that is punishable by up to five years in prison and a $5,000 fine. She was released on bond herself.

Mrs. Zimmerman’s guilt or innocence aside, does anyone remember how we were told by legal experts trotted out during Bill Clinton’s impeachment trial that nobody is ever prosecuted for perjury?

Earlier this month, the judge said in a sharply worded ruling that George Zimmerman and his wife had lied about how much money they had at a hearing that resulted in his release on $150,000 bond. He’s now back in jail after the judge revoked the bond…

We will learn later (below) that this ‘lie’ amounts to Mrs. Zimmerman saying she did not know how much money they had gotten in PayPal donations to their legal defense fund.

George Zimmerman’s attorney Mark O’Mara has said the couple was confused and fearful when they misled court officials about how much money they had.

Which sounds plausible to us.

Records show that in the days before the bond hearing, Shellie Zimmerman transferred $74,000 in eight smaller amounts ranging from $7,500 to $9,990, from her husband’s credit union account to hers, according to an arrest affidavit. It also shows that $47,000 was transferred from George Zimmerman’s account to his sister’s in the days before the bond hearing.

Which could be hiding income. Or it could be making sure that there is money available to pay the bills if he ended up in jail.

Four days after he was released on bond, Shellie Zimmerman transferred more than $85,500 from her account into her husband’s account, the affidavit said. The affidavit also said jail call records show that George Zimmerman instructed her to "pay off all the bills," including an American Express and Sam’s Club card.

Again, this could just be putting the money back into Zimmerman’s account, once it was clear he would not be stuck in jail.

Jeffrey Neiman, a former federal prosecutor now in private practice, said cash transactions in excess of $10,000 usually trigger a reporting requirement by the bank to multiple government agencies — including the IRS.

"If Mrs. Zimmerman intentionally structured the financial transactions in a manner to keep the offense [sic] under $10,000, not only may she have committed perjury in the state case, but she also may have run afoul of several federal statutes and could face serious federal criminal charges," Neiman wrote in an email to The Associated Press

This is more journalistic malpractice from the AP. The IRS only requires people who are "conducting their trade or business" to report such cash transactions.

From the IRS website: FAQs Regarding Reporting Cash Payments of Over $10,000 (Form 8300). "Who must file Form 8300? — Any persons who receive more than $10,000 in one transaction or a series of related transactions, while conducting their trade or business, must file a Form 8300."

The Zimmermans were not conducting trade or business. The AP is running amuck in their frenzy to persecute the Zimmermans.

At the hearing, Shellie Zimmerman testified that the couple, who married in 2007, had limited funds for bail because she was a full-time student and her husband wasn’t working. Prosecutors say they actually had then already raised $135,000 in donations from a website George Zimmerman created. They suggested more had been raised since then.

It could be argued that the Zimmermans did not consider donations to the legal defense fund to be their private income. Which, by the way, is the same thing the Clintons and other people with legal defense funds have claimed over the years.

Shellie Zimmerman was asked about the website at the hearing, but she said she didn’t know how much money had been raised

Since when has testifying that you ‘don’t know’ amount to perjury? If that were the case, wouldn’t Hillary Clinton be behind bars?

But the news media is thrilled. They get to splash Mrs. Zimmerman’s name and photo all over television and the internet. They have finally managed to put a target on her back, too.

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, June 13th, 2012. Comments are currently closed.

13 Responses to “Zimmerman’s Wife Is Charged With Perjury”

  1. Rusty Shackleford says:

    Nice witch hunt you’ve got going there, Holder.

    My god black Americans are the most angry, petulant, annoying pieces of the human race I have ever seen.

  2. Right of the People says:

    What the hell, let’s just string Whitey up now why waste the taxpayer’s money that could be used for buy more votes?. I’m sure that’s what Holder thinks. If he shot a black man, no matter what the circumstances, he deserves to swing for it. It’s the “new” world, dog.

    Where’s my Wild Turkey?

  3. Liberals Demise says:

    One wonders if the New black Panthers party put her on their hit list and if Holder approves.
    I know …….. Redundant!

  4. GetBackJack says:

    Manufactured out of Jurist malfeasance on Holder’s orders to get Zimmerman to cop a plea and make this sh** go away. Old old trick by vicious prosecutors and Inquisitors to hurt the ones you love in order to get you to kneel down and quit.

  5. wirenut says:

    Mr. Eastwood said it best, years ago, and I quote. “If your going to hang a man,
    you better look at him”. Let’s get to the truth first.

  6. canary says:

    Question? Since when does any Criminal Court set a bond according to how much money the accused owns or earns?

    If so than poor people should be able to bond out of any crime for peanuts.

    • AcornsRNutz says:

      Bingo. Justice’s scales tipped in your favor if the other side contains either a whole lot of money (OJ) or no money at all.

      I wonder how it is that money they received in donations to support their legal defense fund counts as their income anyway. I mean, if he wasn’t on trial (for his life, and don’t even imagine otherwise) he wouldn’t be receiving any money for a defense fund. Furthermore, what does it say about average joe’s opinion of this case that they were able to raise quite a bit of money for his defense, enough that it significantly changed their income level in the eyes of the court? All of this without one mention by the media that they even had a defense fund until this whole thing happened.

    • yadayada says:

      Florida statute – 903.046 Purpose of and criteria for bail determination.
      (1) The purpose of a bail determination in criminal proceedings is to ensure the appearance of the criminal defendant at subsequent proceedings and to protect the community against unreasonable danger from the criminal defendant.

      (2) When determining whether to release a defendant on bail or other conditions, and what that bail or those conditions may be, the court shall consider:

      (a) The nature and circumstances of the offense charged.

      (b) The weight of the evidence against the defendant.

      (c) The defendant’s family ties, length of residence in the community, employment history, financial resources, and mental condition.
      bail usually IS set according to how much a person can afford. it assures appearance. a person who can easily write a $100k check may get get a higher bail than one who can’t.
      HOWEVER – Zimmerman was freed by the police and after several weeks never fled. he was not a flight risk as he kept the sheriff aprised of his whereabouts at all times. he acted like a law abiding citizen throughout, which is more than the D.A. has done.
      it is absolutly an attempt to coerce Mr Zimmerman by going after his family.
      just watch – in the next several weeks, they will charge another family member with obstruction or abetting a fugitive during the investigation because, “when asked where we could locate Zimmerman, he claimed he didn’t know.”

  7. A_Nonny_Mouse says:

    GetBackJack said June 14, 2012 at 12:46 am

    ” … to get Zimmerman to cop a plea …”

    That’s the way I read it, too. Angela Corey is willing to do anything to get “the black vote”, and Benjamin Crump is willing to do anything to void Zimmerman’s immunity under claim of self-defense (so he can file civil-rights violation suits against Sanford and the county and the State of Florida and anybody else he can think of with deep-pocket insurers).

    [ I recommend
    — this blog has done OUTSTANDING work putting together a bunch of little puzzle-pieces which finally reveal a coherent pattern in the Zimmerman/ Martin case]

  8. canary says:

    Yadayada/ “bail usually IS set according to how much a person can afford. it assures appearance. a person who can easily write a $100k check may get get a higher bail than one who can’t.”

    Crimes in Florida have set fines for everyone. Often rich people don’t get out on bond because they can afford to run or leave the country.

  9. Chinnubie says:

    This whole deal is a crock!! “White-Hispanic”?????? Everyone involved will hopefully get their butts sued to infinity. We are clearly witnessing a modern day witch hunt. I hope that prosecutor enjoys eternity in hell.

  10. Anonymoose says:

    I think the “gotcha” in this case is there is supposed to be some way to declare a defense fund or account so it is protected from seizure but also can only be used for legal costs, and this money was being transferred into their personal accounts. Mistakes easily made by people unfamiliar with legal processes and facing a media witch hunt double made it worse.

  11. canary says:

    The media didn’t dare do the story or show the Hoodie black kid who fired into a crowd shooting 8 after a basketball game.

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