George Zimmerman’s booking photo from 6/3/2012 (Source: Seminole County Corrections).
SANFORD, Florida - A Bay area criminal defense attorney is weighing in on George Zimmerman being back in jail.
Zimmerman was escorted Sunday into the Seminole County Jail, handcuffed. A judge revoked his bond Friday after he said Zimmerman and his wife misled the court about the money they had.
Zimmerman, who is accused of murdering 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in February, had been free on $150,000 bail. The prosecution says Zimmerman's wife lied during his April bond hearing about more than $100,000 they raised online.
Local attorney Barry Cohen said a situation like this does not happen often. However, in this high-profile case, everything is being scrutinized. According to Cohen, it's possible Zimmerman could remain behind bars.
"This judge could deny bond and the appellate court may not take the case or deny bond as well, if they believe there was deceit during the original bond hearing," said Cohen.
Cohen said also at issue is Zimmerman's credibility on the "Stand Your Ground" motion that Judge Kenneth Lester could eventually hear.
"If he determines that this defendant lied to him and lied under oath, that he may very well be in a position to say, 'Well, I can't believe this man under oath,'" said Cohen.
Cohen added it's possible Zimmerman and his wife could face perjury charges if prosecutors can prove they intentionally lied to the court.
A bond hearing motion is expected to be filed Monday.
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