If you thought the George Zimmerman saga was over, get ready to be disappointed and potentially angry because Zimmerman and his defense team are asking the state of Florida to repay them for the $200,000 to $300,000 his defense cost.
From the knock-knock joke told by attorney Mark O’Mara during the trial’s opening statements, to the animated 3D video used to prove his innocence, George Zimmerman’s defense was a costly one.
The defense to prove Zimmerman acted in self-defense when he killed Trayvon Martin cost hundreds of thousands of dollars, and since he was acquitted of any wrongdoing, he and his defense team are looking to be repaid by the state for all of their trouble, according to a statement by his attorney to the Orlando Sentinel on Monday evening.
Since he was acquitted, state law requires Florida to pay all his legal fees, which would be in addition to the $902,000 already spent by the state on the five-week second degree murder trial that ended in an acquittal on July 13.
O’Mara said the motion to get Circuit Judge Debra S. Nelson to authorize the payments is “in the works.”
O’Mara, who charges $400 an hour, estimates he worked on the Zimmerman case for 40 hours a week for 16 months, meaning he would be owed slightly more than $1 million for his work on the case.
O’Mara hasn’t been paid anything by Zimmerman, however, and the costs owed by the state do not reflect the work he put into the case.
Via Washington Post, Photo credit: WENN