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http://www.foxnews.com/us/2012/04/23/george-zimmerman-released-from-florida-jail-on-150000-bond/

George Zimmerman was released around midnight Sunday from a Florida county jail on $150,000 bail as he awaits his second-degree murder trial for fatally shooting Trayvon Martin.

The neighborhood watch volunteer was wearing a brown jacket and blue jeans and carrying a paper bag. He walked out following another man and didn't look over at photographers gathered outside. He then followed the man into a white BMW vehicle and drove away.

Moments before, two Seminole County sheriff's vehicles blocked access to the intake building parking lot where Zimmerman was being released. Zimmerman emerged after two public information officers confirmed the credentials of the photographers outside.

No questions were shouted at Zimmerman, and he gave no statement.

His ultimate destination is being kept secret for his safety and it could be outside Florida.

Circuit Judge Kenneth Lester said at a hearing Friday he cannot have any guns and must observe a 7 p.m.-to-6 a.m. curfew. Zimmerman also surrendered his passport.

Zimmerman had to put up 10 percent, or $15,000, to make bail. His father had indicated he might take out a second mortgage.

Zimmerman worked at a mortgage risk-management company at the time of the shooting and his wife is in nursing school. A website was set up to collect donations for Zimmerman's defense fund. It is unclear how much has been raised.

Bail is not unheard of in second-degree murder cases, and legal experts had predicted it would be granted for Zimmerman because of his ties to the community, because he turned himself in after he was charged last week, and because he has never been convicted of a serious crime.

Prosecutors had asked for $1 million bail, citing two previous scrapes Zimmerman had with the law, neither of which resulted in charges. In 2005, he had to take anger management courses after he was accused of attacking an undercover officer who was trying to arrest Zimmerman's friend. In another incident, a girlfriend accused him of attacking her.

Zimmerman, 28, fatally shot Martin, 17, Feb. 26 inside the gated community where Zimmerman lived during an altercation. Martin was unarmed and was walking back to the home of his father's fiancDee when Zimmerman saw him, called 911 and began following him. A fight broke out -- investigators say it is unknown who started it.

Zimmerman says Martin, who was visiting from Miami, attacked him. Zimmerman says he Martin in self-defense, citing Florida's "stand your ground" law, which gives broad legal protection to anyone who says they used deadly force because they feared death or great bodily harm.

Zimmerman was not charged for over six weeks, sparking national protests led by Martin's parents, civil rights groups and the Revs. Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton. Martin was black; Zimmerman's father is white and his mother is from Peru.

Earlier Sunday, Zimmerman's attorney was working to secure the money for bail and a safe place for Zimmerman to stay. But residents in Sanford, where Martin was killed, didn't expect a ruckus once Zimmerman was released.

City commissioners said they hadn't received calls from nervous residents. Protesters didn't show up outside the jail. And talk at one local coffee shop seldom focused on the case.

"It's just kind of a non-issue now," said Michele Church, a server at Mel's Family Diner. "That's pretty much all anybody in Sanford wanted, was an arrest, so it could be sorted out in the court system."

On Friday, a Florida judge agreed to let Zimmerman out on $150,000 bail. Defense attorney Mark O'Mara has said there are several options for where Zimmerman should go, but would not disclose any of them. Lester on Friday indicated Zimmerman would be allowed to leave the state if arrangements with law enforcement could be made for him to be monitored. He will be fitted with an electronic device.

About a half-dozen photographers and cameramen camped outside the Sanford jail Sunday, focused on the door marked "Bonds Rooms," where other people who had been arrested and released on bail exited. Zimmerman had entered the jail about a week earlier after more than a month of nationwide protests calling for his arrest.

"The mood in Sanford has calmed down tremendously," said Sanford Commissioner Patty Mahany, whose district includes the neighborhood where Martin was killed. "I think now that people are able to see the justice system taking place, even though they understand it's going to be quite slow, people are willing to just remain calm and really we're all getting back to our daily routines."

A spokeswoman for the Seminole County Sheriff's Office declined to release any information about whether they were increasing patrols or security.

Defense attorneys for other high-profile clients who awaited trial on bail have said Zimmerman should leave Florida and refrain from going out in public. Sanford residents say they aren't expecting to see him around the neighborhood anytime soon.

"They've already said they're going to move him to a safe place," Church said. "Everyone has calmed down. That's all anyone in Sanford wanted, an arrest."

Meanwhile, Martin's parents published a "Card of Thanks" in The Miami Herald obituary page Sunday. The note says Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin express their appreciation for all the public's support since their son's death. The notice includes a photograph of Trayvon Martin dressed in a hooded sweatshirt, similar to one he was wearing the evening he was killed.

"Words will never express how your love, support and prayers lifted our spirits and continue to give us the strength to march on," the letter says.
 

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i love how no one mentions how he was assaulted by that trouble making hooligan. Also i love how the news is still acting like Zimmerman is white, when he is hispanic. Anyway i'm glad he is out of jail as he was clearly defending himself and he shouldn't be punished for self defense
 

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The only reason Zimmerman got into hot water was because, for a bunch of weeks, he never got arrested.

He got arrested, and he will have a trial. Everything else is up to the legal system. There really shouldn't be any issues anymore. Heck, Stanford has mostly settled down now, after Zimmerman's arrest.

I'm not even going to get into the "trouble-making hooligan" comment. That's just making something out of nothing. It's not like we knew the kid.
 

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The only reason Zimmerman got into hot water was because, for a bunch of weeks, he never got arrested.

He got arrested, and he will have a trial. Everything else is up to the legal system. There really shouldn't be any issues anymore. Heck, Stanford has mostly settled down now, after Zimmerman's arrest.

I'm not even going to get into the "trouble-making hooligan" comment. That's just making something out of nothing. It's not like we knew the kid.
i just know what the public records say on him that you can search on the Seminole County public records..
 

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i love how no one mentions how he was assaulted by that trouble making hooligan. Also i love how the news is still acting like Zimmerman is white, when he is hispanic. Anyway i'm glad he is out of jail as he was clearly defending himself and he shouldn't be punished for self defense
He wouldn't have gotten assaulted had he left the kid alone. Zimmerman followed him, not the other way around.

Learn to leave people the hell alone.
 

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Lets just remember that Zimmerman is a mix of white/latino. Its stupid to say he is a racist because he is white and also stupid to reason that he is not because he is latino.

What is really racist is labeling someone a "trouble making hooligan" just because he is black. Grow the fuck up people. Stop looking at this case with race issues on the mind. That is what the media wants you to do and your falling right for it.
 

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i just know what the public records say on him that you can search on the Seminole County public records..
Funny thing is, his only record was pot or something, correct? Whereas that fine upstanding citizen Zimmerman has three assault charges.

A motive, a record... hmm, wonder who it makes sense for the aggressor to be?

But ah well, he's arrested and that was what most of the fuss was about anyway. Things will play out regardless.
 

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With everyone out for blood for this guy, I am surprised they would even release him. They should have held him for his own safety.
 

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This could've all been avoided had he left Trayvon alone. It wasn't like Trayvon was the one following him or like he was breaking into someone's house. He should've listened to the damn people on the phone who told him to stop following him.
 

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He should actually stay in jail because that's where he's safer.


In reality the only people that would go after him are some of the black people, but people were saying that they were going to go after Casey Antomny, buy they never did or were going to after she was aquitted.
 

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its not like jail is any safer
Really, I think both he and his anus would be safer outside of prison, for now.

- Outside, can attempt to stay away from others, may have some angry person jump you
- Inside, stuck with a bunch of already-angry and mostly dangerous guys, including a bunch who are black. DEAD
 

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I'm fine with this. They brought up charges against him and I don't have a problem with giving people bail. It's up to a jury right now and that's all anyone should want.
 
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