Zimmerman Trial Costs Public $902,000

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SANFORD, Fla., (UPI) — The five-week trial of George Zimmerman that ended in his acquittal in the death of teenager Trayvon Martin cost the public $902,000, officials said.

Zimmerman, who was charged with murder in the 2012 shooting death of Trayvon Martin, 17, in Sanford, began June 10 and a six-member jury returned the not guilty verdict on July 13.

The biggest cost associated with the trial was paid to the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office, which spent $425,000 providing security, planning and logistics during the trial, the Orlando (Fla.) Sentinel reported Wednesday. The second biggest was the $183,000 the city of Sanford spent on police overtime.

Sanford police decided to up security to curb potential violent protests as well as protect Zimmerman, who had received death threats

Juror costs also were high. The Clerk of Courts Maryanne Morse spent $34,600 during the jury’s 22-day sequestration, during which the six members of the jury lived in a hotel and were isolated from their families and media reports.

The trial costs are based, in part, on estimates and do not include criminal investigation or pretrial costs, such as the $80,000 the Seminole-Brevard State Attorney’s Office paid to have Special Prosecutor Angela Corey work on the case.

Nor did the trial costs include what Zimmerman and his lawyers spent.

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  • Truth, Justice & AMERICAN Way

    Charge Martin’s parents, Sharpie & JJ…and Obozzo who would look just like him

    • Vis Fac

      And you’re lucid? Give me a break> If I were Zimmerman I would sue Holder ODUMBO Sharpton Jackson and the state of Florida for wrongful prosecution. Sharpton and Jackson personally let them spend their own money for a defense lawyer and see how often things like this arise.

      The Only Thing Necessary for the Triumph of Evil is that Good Men Do Nothing–Edmund Burke

      A republic is defined as a state in which supreme power is held by the people and their elected representatives, and which has an elected or nominated president…

      Our republic no longer exists because we have an omnipotent self centered clown in the Oval office who is as unconstitutional as anyone can be. Anyone believing we still live in a republic had best take notice of what OUR elected officials are doing WITHOUT OUR consent. Our republic no longer exists because the people no longer have power!

      Benjamin Franklin once said … A democracy can be best described as two wolves and a sheep deciding what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote.”

      Our Republic that allows for a well armed sheep to contest the vote!” shall soon be a fond memory for our rubber stamp liberally controlled congress is eagerly waiting to disarm us.

      Libertas inaestimabilis res est

      Semper-Fi

    • Bob Martin

      What are YOU smoking? Sounds like a reasonable comment to me! Charge the costs to the prosecution who decided to prosecute this idiocy in the first place, then deport Sharpton for being a racist pain in the ass…

    • gypsy

      Do you have something to say, or is this the most intelligent thing you can come up with ?

  • Shorty Stuff

    The taxpayers should take this out of the salaries and pensions of the prosecutors for even bringing these shenanigan charges to trial.

  • jag

    They should charge the DA

  • BUD USMC

    The worst part of the clusterf#&*% is that, how many people still think Trayvon looked like he was 12years old instead of the 17 year old thug when it happened.
    Also how many are still wondering if he was Obama son, do you thing the Sheriff got his job back after all he didn’t arrest him until the maggot heads, took it out of his hands. The state of Florida should send the bill to Holder hell everyone knows pressure the AG office is what cause the trial in the first place.

  • Debbie

    Thank our government for this one, They wanted to make a statement and did at the cost of the taxpayers.

  • jaybird

    At least something good came of the taxpayers money, we have one less criminal on the streets causing people harm. Martin would have ended up in jail sooner or later. This was a bargain, housing him in jail is not cheap. The US government spends our money on videos and studies on the sex life of snails, the people of FL got a deal for their money.

  • laura merrone

    So over a million dollars later, we proved he was not guilty which we already knew in the first place…So is common sense nonexistent in America today.