The George Zimmerman Trial by the Numbers



The defense team for Zimmerman solicited donations for their defense efforts after a fund was established in May of last year. As of the beginning of this year, Zimmerman’s defense team was able to raise more than $314,000 through crowdfunding.

On their website, the team explained where some of the donated money went. Posting bail cost $95,000 alone, and almost $62,000 went into paying for living expenses for George Zimmerman and his wife.

Providing security for Zimmerman cost more than $56,000 and it cost approximately another $75,000 to provide infrastructure to support a small legal team as well as any other case-related expenses.



However, two weeks before the Zimmerman trial was set to begin in mid-June, his attorneys stated that they had almost run out of money.

At the end of May, they posted on their website that they were down to $5,000 from the $314,000 contributions they had received, and would need an additional $120,000 in order to have sufficient money to help Zimmerman in the best way possible.


$1 Million

Despite the fact that the jury decided upon a not guilty verdict, Trayvon Martin’s family and many other supporters believe they should open a civil rights case against Zimmerman.

The NAACP wrote that “the right to life... was violated the night George Zimmerman stalked and then took the life of Trayvon Martin. We ask that the Department of Justice file civil rights charges against Mr. Zimmerman for this egregious violation.”

In a previous suit filed by the family against the homeowners association where the teen was killed, Martin’s family was estimated to have received $1 million in a settlement.


$50 - $100

Prior to his trial, Zimmerman worked as a security officer, where he provided his services for “illegal house parties,” but was reportedly let go for “being too aggressive.”

He was earning between $50 to $100 a night and worked as a security guard for four years, starting in 2001 before being fired in 2005.



Zimmerman’s acquittal on Saturday led to nation-wide protests in the country.

People swarmed to Union Square in New York earlier on Sunday to protest the unjust ruling, and a different protest took place in Times Square later during the day. Thousands were in Times Square, stopping traffic, and the crowds eventually staged a sit-in.

In Los Angeles, protesters took to the 10 Freeway and eventually cops had to close the freeway down for a period of time before reopening it.

  • silversurfer

    Many journalists with an agenda have played upon peoples’ emotions by always portraying Trayvon Martin as a cute child (such as the one you selected of him snowboarding many years removed from that night) and contrasting that with an unflattering “mug shot” of George Zimmerman. There are photos available of Trayvon near the time of his death — as a grown man, 6’1″ tall — yet you chose not to use them. Instead of succumbing to McCarthyite tactics, you should prepare a presentation summarizing the evidence — all of which supported the jury’s verdict. Sure, George Zimmerman should never have gotten out of his car and pursued Trayon. But picturing Martin as a child discounts the fact Martin was fully-capable of punching out George Zimmerman. The Martin autopsy revealed only scuffed knuckles and a bullet wound on his body. Zimmerman has a broken nose and a bloodied head. Zimmerman’s keys and flashlight were found at the spot he said Trayon jumped him. This fact struck a chord with me. I was once a carjacking victim. It took place at night and the perpetrator was hiding in a doorway. Without warning, he came up behind me and hit me hard in the neck. As he took me down, I raised my hands to defend myself and dropped my keys. Just what Zimmerman likely did as he tried to defend himself.