George Zimmerman's Prison Release Is a Disaster in the Making

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George Zimmerman mugshotGeorge Zimmerman got what he wanted. The man accused of second degree murder in the shooting of teenager Trayvon Martin is expected to be released from prison any time now. Sounds like good news for the Zimmerman camp? Guess again.

When Zimmerman is released on bond, he'll go right back to the fear and terror that he's been living with since the news of the shooting sparked a national outrage. The delay in his release, after all, isn't just about setting up an electronic monitor for the defendant in a murder trial.

They'll also be laying down the law about no access to firearms, no drugs, no alcohol, and no harrassing Trayvon's family. But Florida officials also have to figure out how to keep Zimmerman safe from an angry public -- the type that's been so out of control that they've even started threatening his wife, Shellie, despite zero evidence that she did anything to Trayvon. That may mean taking him out of the State of Florida entirely. I don't envy them the massive undertaking in this age of tabloid stalkers and people with a cameraphone always at the ready. The whole process is just one nosy person's Internet post away from disaster.

I can understand people's anger. But it's a sad commentary on our society that people can't even give the justice system a chance. Vigilantism is tempting. But that doesn't make it right.

If anything, the hypocrisy of protesting what appears to be the shooting of an innocent teenager by someone who made a snap judgment by threatening his life only serves to make Zimmerman a slightly more sympathetic figure. I'm not saying it gives him a pass for what may or may not have happened down in Seminole County, but it certainly shows this guy is not living the life of champagne wishes and caviar dreams.

He's in his own kind of hell now, and getting out of prison is part and parcel of the whole deal. He'd probably be better off just staying put!

Where do you think Zimmerman should be headed this weekend?


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Hocke... HockeyMomNJ

The media should foot the bill for providing security for Zimmerman. They are the reason he's in danger in the first place. Spike Lee may wanna chip in too. It kills me that so many let their emotions get riled up by the media, and spew venom against zimmerman - when they weren't there. Its sheeple like that - that help innocent people go to prison. What planet do you all live on, where freakin FACEBOOK of all things is used to help make sure there is a case made?? I hope you all are never on the wrong side of the media, or you may be convicted by a bunch of people who were not there for YOUR incident. Emotion takes away the capacity for reason. Zimmerman will never get a fair trial now, and that's a scary thing for any citizen of this country.

femal... femaleMIKE

He should stay in an undisclosed location.

Melis... Melissa042807

I normally hate when someone gets tagged as "the new so-and-so", but this guy is kind of the new Casey Anthony. He's probably the most hated man in America right now, and most of the public has their mind made up about whether or not they think he's guilty. We all have a right to a fair trial in this country, which is one of the great things about America. But keeping him safe until his trial and finding a jury that can give a fair verdict is not going to be easy. I don't envy anyone connected with the entire situation. 

iParade iParade

Isn't this a little like Casey Anthony being found not guilty but the "public" still calling for her head and her being fearful for her life?

Ericka T Garrett Conyers

this is what i think of him for as long as these demon ancestor been killing our ancestor we should seek death penalty, and then change the law to be rewritten for people whom stalk or oppose a threat to some one whom appear to be a person that claims the stand your ground .that sounds like some western bullshit in the old west. ok which ground the stalker or the the people who vote this kkk bill.

Desti... DestinyHLewis

Were you completely tanked, or drugged out when you wrote your comment??? ERICKA T? WTH? It is not often we see something as s.t.u.p.i.d. as your comment, but add the lacked grasp of the English language with the moronic statement, and we have ourselves a CLASS A IDIOT! It's scarier that you were bold enough to use your own name. MY GAWWWWD!??! What is wrong with you?

Enquiring Minds

They can be room mates

Hocke... HockeyMomNJ

Ericka - um, WHAT???

starl... starlight1968

I wish it were as plain and simple a RULES thing...if both sides had followed the rules, one in his contract the other in life maybe they'd both be doing whatever they did on a weekend... sad really when something so simple could solve such a horrible thing.

Now there is a dead young man (he was 17) and another man whose life is pretty much over too.

so sad.

Desti... DestinyHLewis

I'm sorry, and some may consider me racist for this, however... WHY is it when there is a case that the media and public has deemed it White VS Black we have to worry about riots and such? A lot have compared this to Casey Anthony, but I LIVE here, and theCasey Trial and backlash is NOTHING compared to ZImmerman. Sorry but it is not.  WHY is it when something has been pegged as a Black vs White case the public goes insane, and forgets normal laws of social conduct? Not only does it happen, but people DEFEND it!?! It is NOT OK! NOT EVER. Like when Katrina hit. WHO did we see rioting and hitting the streets looting stores, and SHOOTING at rescue workers?? WTH is wrong with these people? Do they not understand that violence is wrong and damaging, in any facet? What is it about a certain community where they think they are somehow entitled to less than civil behavior? I understand being angry, and having strong opinions about an injustice, what I DO NOT understand is acting like animals. You are never above the law or the expectations of social conduct because you do not agree with the circumstances. NOT EVER! Let our justice system work, and you concentrate on being a decent person. The end.

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