A Florida judge said that George Zimmerman, the “vigilante” that shot and killed Trayvon Martin, can’t remove his GPS tracking device and can’t leave Seminole County. Zimmerman is currently out on a $1 million dollar bond. It wasn’t this story involving the 28-year-old defendant that I found so interesting yesterday. It was one from a few weeks earlier.
Zimmerman and his attorneys came up with an idea to help pay his legal costs and make some money – he’d sell autographs. The defense team said if you make a donation to the defense fund, he’d personally sign a thank-you note (which if you think about is a better deal than Charlie Sheen recently got; he gave Lindsay Lohan $100,000, and she didn’t even call to thank him).
Zimmerman’s official website announced this, and it got carried on most news stations. The “New George Zimmerman Defense Fund” is hoping to have the same success the old one had. They raised over $140,000.
If you’re one of those autograph collectors that has some of the morbid stuff (and we’ve all read the stories about their collections), the post on his website states that: “…we will send a personally signed note to donors and will keep their identity confidential.”
They added, “Priority for the funds will be as it has always been, in this order: to pay for George’s living expenses, to pay for costs associated with the defense, and then – only if funds remain – to pay appropriate legal fees. That has always been the priority plan, and we reassert it now.”
I’m not sure how many hard up autograph collectors are interested in a thank-you card signed by Zimmerman. Now…a Bob Dylan autograph signed using his real name – Robert Zimmerman – I’d pay a pretty penny for that!