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The judge, Kenneth Lester, has already expressed serious anger about being deceived. After verbally ordering George Zimmerman back to jail earlier this month, Lester made his decision doubly known with a written order that was made public on Tuesday.
In it, Lester said the deception adds to the reasons why he should possibly keep George Zimmerman in jail until his trial, which may not begin until 2013. And in what may be a worse sign for the defense, the judge wrote that the evidence against Zimmerman is “strong.”
“There are several factors that weigh against his release: this is a serious charge for which life could be imposed; the evidence against him is strong; he has been charged with one prior crime, for which he went through a pretrial diversion program, and has had an injunction lodged against him,” the judge wrote, adding: “Most importantly, though, is the fact that he has now demonstrated that he does not properly respect the law or the integrity of the judicial process.”
Still, Lester has scheduled another bond hearing for June 29, where he will give George Zimmerman and his lawyers and chance to explain why he should let the defendant go free one more time.
Nick Martin is an associate editor at TPM in New York City. He came to the site in 2011 as a reporter for TPMMuckraker. Previously, he worked in Arizona, first as a staff reporter for a local newspaper and later as a freelance journalist. He also ran the news blog Heat City. Contact him: nick [at] talkingpointsmemo.com