George Zimmerman Heading Back to Jail

The judge in George Zimmerman's second-degree murder case revoked his bond on Friday, saying he misrepresented his financial status in his original bond hearing last month.

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Update (3:05 p.m. EDT): The Sentinel's updated story gives a good rundown on the motions filed and the quotes in court:

"Defendant has intentionally deceived the court with the assistance of his wife," the motion says. "During the jail phone calls both of them spoke in code to hide what they were doing."

Prosecutor Bernie de la Rionda told the judge today that "this court was led to believe that they didn't have a single penny" at the earlier bond hearing.

Zimmerman's wife "flat out lied to this court,"de la Rionda said. Lester agreed, revoking Zimmerman's bond. He must turn himself in, the judge said.

If you want the most thorough record possible of what went down, Reuters' Matthew Keys tweets a Soundcloud recording, with the bond discussion starting at 22:50.

Update (2:45 p.m. EDT): Zimmerman has 48 hours to turn himself in, Judge Kenneth Lester Jr. ordered, according to CNN. Weiner quotes him: "They were well aware of the money that was available."

Update (2:40 p.m. EDT): The judge has revoked Zimmerman's bond, saying Zimmerman misrepresented his financial status, Reuters tweets.

Original: Prosecutors in the State of Florida's second-degree murder case against George Zimmerman say the court should revoke his bail because he lied about how much money he had, and his wife helped him do it as a witness in his bond hearing.

As you'll recall, the man who shot Trayvon Martin in a case he says was self-defense, said at his bond hearing he didn't have any money, but then revealed days later that he'd raised $204,000 in  online donations. At the time, Zimmerman's lawyers made it sound like he didn't really know how to handle the massive Paypal account. But on Friday prosecutors filed a motion saying Zimmerman "intentionally deceived the court" with the help of his wife, and talked about the money "in code to hide what they were doing," according to the Orlando Sentinel's Twitter account dedicated to the case. CNN reports that "Prosecutors argued that Zimmerman 'misrepresented, misled and deceived the court' during an April bond hearing about whether he had a U.S. passport and about his family's financial circumstances. The judge hasn't made a decision on whether or not to revoke Zimmerman's bond.

But while attorneys argue the bond question, the prosecution and defense found themselves on the same side of another issue on Friday: Whether the court could legally seal documents in the case to keep them away from the media. Both sides say the files should be kept sealed to protect witnesses and others involved in the case. But a cadre of media companies, including The New York Times and the Orlando Sentinel, say they have a legal right to the documents. The judge didn't issue a decision on Friday but from the comments tweeted by the Sentinel's Martin account, it sounds like the media companies are winning. According to the Sentinel's Jeff  Weiner, the judge "says he agrees with state & defense, but 'the law is against us... it's the law that we're stuck with.' "

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