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Zimmerman bail set at $9,000 but was that enough?

The acquitted shooter in the death of Trayvon Martin, faces a Seminole circuit judge during a first-appearance hearing on charges including aggravated assault stemming from a fight with his girlfriend
The acquitted shooter in the death of Trayvon Martin, faces a Seminole circuit judge during a first-appearance hearing on charges including aggravated assault stemming from a fight with his girlfriend
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Just two and a half weeks after the end of National Domestic Violence Month George Zimmerman is in the news again. This incident did not happen in Las Vegas, but domestic violence is a problem all over the country so what eventually happens in this case is relevant in Las Vegas. There are currently complaints in the family courts and it could become an election issue. Abused children are given back to the abusers many times, and the victims of spousal abuse are often not protected to the extent they should be. It is not unusual to read further developments in some of these cases when they go beyond abuse and turn into murder.

Zimmerman accused of threatening and assaulting his girlfriend has been charged with assault and battery for allegedly pointing a long-barreled shotgun at her and getting physical. In a 911 call, a nearly hysterical Samantha Scheibe, 27, claimed he broke furniture, threatened her and then pushed her from their Florida home at gunpoint and barricaded the door with furniture. It was actually her home so where did he get the authority to push her out of her own home and bar re-entry? She later stated that he had also choked her a week-and-a-half earlier.

It appears Zimmerman employed a similar tactic to that he used in the Trayvon Martin case. Poor George was not the perpetrator, according to him. He was the victim. In what could be a clever attempt to make himself the victim, Zimmerman placed his own 911 call, saying he wanted the truth to be known. He accused Scheibe of starting the dispute and claimed she was the one who went crazy and broke furniture. Accusing the other person and turning the facts around is not unusual in attempts to be viewed as the injured party. Let’s face it. That tactic probably worked for him once. Why not again?

When the sheriff’s department arrived no guns were in sight. However, the door was locked and barricaded with furniture just as Scheibe described. There was plenty of time to lock up the guns and claim they were locked up all the time. The judge set bail at $9,000 after Assistant State Attorney Lymary Munoz argued for $50,000 bail and the defense requested $4,900. The judge ruled this hothead cannot go to two Florida addresses; he cannot have contact with the accuser, Samantha Scheibe; he cannot possess weapons; he must wear a monitoring device; and he cannot travel outside Florida. Not being allowed to bear firearms probably should have been a condition in the Martin case after Martin was killed and he’s been charged now with two other incidents involving guns. The question is whether that bail was enough. Will he keep coming back in assault cases like a bad penny and manage to keep getting off?

Hopefully there will be a stiff enough penalty and in the future women will be reluctant to get involved with a man with two assault charges and a murder acquittal on his record.

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Morgan St. James is the author of 11 published books and over 500 published articles. Her latest two books involve abuse. La Bella Mafia co-authored with Dennis N. Griffin is Bella Capo’s true story of survival despite overwhelming odds as the abused daughter of a powerbroker with organized crime ties and later an abusive ex-husband. Capo herself at one time was a white female boss in the Crips. Betrayed, a story of kidnapping, human trafficking and survival is fiction inspired by true events that happened over 50 years ago. Visit www.morganstjames-author.com and follow her on Facebook and Twitter.