George Zimmerman, the man charged with the shooting of Florida teen Trayvon Martin, is once again trying to raise money to pay for his legal defense team.
According to his website, Zimmerman will be sending a personally signed thank you note to all those that donate to his defense fund.
Some detractors have pointed out that Zimmerman is essentially selling his autograph in order to raise money. Zimmerman, and his supporters, claim that he is merely trying to convey his personal gratitude to those people who have donated money and that he is not selling autographs.
Still, many critics see this as unseemly.
This is the second defense fund that Zimmerman has set up. The first one generated over $140,000.
George Zimmerman is set to stand trial on second-degree murder charges starting June 10, 2013. He has pleaded not guilty and says the shooting happened in self-defense.
a note on the website read:
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.