Are these unusually restrictive bail terms?


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rajb123
April 26, 2012, 02:56 PM
http://www.digitaljournal.com/article/323431

The article linked above summarizes the terms of George Zimmerman's bail with the Florida court.

What I find unusual and unneccesary:

1. The prohibition against using illegal drugs
2. The prohibition against possession of firearms

On point #1, why is this necessary? To those reading this, including prospective jurors, it implies that Zimmerman is a user of illegal drugs, which is not supported by the evidence. Why not add a few extra items like a prohibition against robbing banks, and hijacking aircraft?

On point #2, this restriction puts Zimmerman's life in jepordy since his laywer has stated he has received many, many death threats including, a bounty from a well recognized hate group.

Are these bail terms unusual in the circumstance?

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ldsgeek
April 26, 2012, 03:53 PM
These are actually pretty standard terms, even if there is no evidence of prior drug use. Think of it as legal boilerplate, standard text inserted automatically. As for #2, remember he has been charged with killing someone, with a firearm, and if found guilty would be a prohibited person.

jonnyc
April 26, 2012, 04:18 PM
The document IMPLIES, you read it and INFER.
Just sayin'.

Jeff White
April 26, 2012, 04:25 PM
STandard terms of Bond here in the 4th Circuit in Illinois. Typical legal boilerplate. I doubt they changed a thing on the form.

9mmepiphany
April 26, 2012, 08:39 PM
Nothing unusual in those terms, very standard

It spells out what is expected and violation will be grounds to revoke bail

Davek1977
April 27, 2012, 08:08 AM
As a criminal justice BA holder, I cant see anything remotely outrageous in the terms. Such conditions are typical. The section prohibiting illegal drug use doesn't 'suggest" anything. Another common bail condition is that people don't leave certain jurisdictions. i'd still have that as a condition of my bail if I was born, raised, and planned on dying in the that jurisdiction, and have never, ever left the area. The prohibition is a standard condition. It isn't based on my previous history. Many people are prohibited from drinking while on bail...again, no history of alcohol abuse or even use must be shown, its just one of the standard conditions. Most of the time, conditions of pretrial release are fairly standard and not necessarily "customized" to fit the offender, and not possessing weapons or using illegal drugs shouldn't be too much to expect while one is out on bail. Look at it this way...Zimmerman must have found the terms agreeable, as no one FORCED him to leave on bail. Bail is a choice. In order to get released, you agree to live by certain rules the rest of us don't necessarily have to. I don't see that as being wholly unreasonable and certainly not illegal

Owen Sparks
April 27, 2012, 05:45 PM
This is redundant, he is already prohibited from using illegal drugs by law just like you, me and everyone else reading this is.

Jeff White
April 27, 2012, 06:26 PM
This is redundant, he is already prohibited from using illegal drugs by law just like you, me and everyone else reading this is.

This is true, but he has no entitlement to due process for using illegal drugs on getting his bond revoked. If he is caught violating any provision of bond, he goes directly to jail, does not pass go, does not collect $200.00.

The terms of bond here normally prohibit the use of drugs or alcohol, so if someone on bond is caught in the bar even if they aren't intoxicated they go to jail.

joecil
April 27, 2012, 07:29 PM
It is common for both bail or probation as the drugs/alcohol gives them the right to test without notice or as John said getting caught in a bar etc. As for the gun that is pretty much self explanatory really, since he is being charge on gun related charges.

Carl N. Brown
April 29, 2012, 04:05 PM
I think that is boilerplate bail conditions for release on charges of overdue library books and spitting on the sidewalk. In other words, usual restrictions.

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