An earlier LegalSpeaks article on What’s Next for George Zimmerman, argued that Zimmerman’s wife, Shellie, should be charged with perjury for lying under oath about the family’s finances for bail. Her testimony was that the family did not have funds, despite knowing about $135,000 in a special fund that was raised for his defense. The Special Prosecutor saw fit to charge Shellie Zimmerman for lying under oath about her husband’s finances. Her Statement of Charges is set forth here in Shellie Zimmerman Charging Document.
LegalSpeaks June 3, 2012 article stated that Shellie Zimmerman should be charged with perjury after her husband’s bail hearing on June 29. The prosecutor decided that there was no reason to delay the filing of perjury charges. The prosecutor in filing an earlier motion to revoke the bail for George Zimmerman called the actions of the Zimmermans “a blatant lie”. The Zimmermans led the Court to believe that they didn’t have a dime to their name.
George Zimmerman should also be charged with conspiracy to commit perjury as he and his wife conspired together over the telephone on how to handle the bond hearing and what to say. George Zimmerman has not been charged in the incident yet. Maybe the prosecutor is waiting until his bail hearing on June 29 to surprise him.
Washington, DC based Debbie Hines is a former prosecutor and founder of LegalSpeaks, a progressive blog on women and race in law and politics. As a legal and political commentator she has appeared in national and local media including the Michael Eric Dyson Show, NBC, ABC and CBS affiliates, RT TV, CBC- Canadian TV, NPR, XM Sirius radio, the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, USA Today, Black Enterprise among others. She also writes for the Huffington Post.