The hearing began with Assistant State Attorney Bernie De La Rionda requesting a gag order for Zimmerman’s attorney Mark O’Mara, who he claimed was talking about facts in the case to the media.
However, O’Mara argued the case is the biggest media event in the nation and world and he could not stand absolutely mute. He also stated he has yet to see the evidence, since discovery has not taken place.
After a short discussion Judge Lester did not grant the gag order.
De La Rionda also requested that Zimmerman’s bond be increased after O’Mara revealed his client had made more than $200,000 on a website set up for donations for his defense.
The website – www.TheRealGeorgeZimmerman.com - was set up about two weeks ago and allowed supporters of Zimmerman to donate to his defense fund through a PayPal account.
O’Mara said he has since shut down the website and put the money in a trust which he controls. He also stated Zimmerman’s family was unaware of the funds in the account or how to access them at the time of the bond hearing.
Judge Lester said he would need to see who had control over the account and website in order to rule on any motion to increase Zimmerman’s bond.
Judge Lester also heard arguments from two attorneys representing the media, who had filed motions to keep the documents of the case public. Besides information pertaining to security, Judge Lester said he would hear specific motions to seal information as it was released.
“What happens in the future is going to be a case-by-case basis,” he said.
Both the prosecution and O’Mara shared concerns about releasing witnesses’ names stating it may deter them from testifying later. However, until the discovery of evidence is provided to O’Mara, no evidence in the case will be released.
The next court date for the case is May 8 at 1:30 p.m. O’Mara has already filed a waiver of appearance for Zimmerman, so he will not be present.