*George Zimmerman has been granted a $1 million bond by the judge overseeing the Trayvon Martin case in Florida.
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Judge Kenneth Lester Jr. worked on the decision over the July 4th holiday and was finishing up his written decision Thursday morning, said Michelle Kennedy of Seminole County Court administration.
Zimmerman’s bail was revoked last month after Lester learned Zimmerman and his wife had failed to disclose more than $150,000 in donations from the public.
He will not have to post the full amount. Only a percentage is needed to make bail.
*A Georgia county court released rap star Waka Flocka Flame on bond after he spent two nights in jail on drugs and weapons charges, authorities said today.
Police charged the performer last month after they raided his suburban Atlanta home.
The artist, whose real name is Jaquin Malphurs, was already on probation for possession of a sawed-off shotgun in an earlier incident. He was not present during December’s raid and turned himself in on Monday.
Malphurs was released late on Wednesday, an official in Henry county’s sheriff’s Department told the Associated Press.
His current album, “Flockaveli,” currently sits at #10 on Billboard rap albums chart.
*A London judge has denied bail to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who told a London court he intends to fight his extradition to Sweden on sex crime allegations.
Judge Howard Riddle told Assange that he had “substantial grounds” to believe the 39-year-old Australian wouldn’t turn up for subsequent proceedings. He then put Assange into UK custody ahead of an extradition hearing.
Assange faces allegations of sex crimes in Sweden. He denies the accusations.
The WikiLeaks founder told a London court on Tuesday he intends to fight his extradition to Sweden on sex crime allegations, setting up what could be a drawn-out legal battle.
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“Bad Girls Club” star Catya Washington was released from jail Tuesday night and placed under house arrest following a drug bust earlier this month.
Washington was fitted with an ankle monitor for authorities to keep track of her, law enforcement sources tell TMZ.
Catya was arrested earlier this month after cops say the reality star was in possession of drugs and a gun. She’s due back in court on Dec. 13.
*Dancehall sensation, Buju Banton who was arrested some time ago for cocaine charges, has been released on bail, posted by his fellow reggae artist Stephen Marley.
Banton allegedly was conspiring to buy cocaine from an undercover federal agent last year in December. Just this past September, he went to trial but the jury could not come up with a verdict. While the case was declared a mistrial, the artist was unable to post bail. Marley, being the friend he is, posted $300,000 worth of equity of his own home as bond.
Banton’s lawyer, David Oscar Markus, told the Associated Press that he is happy that his client is able to return to his Florida home, to prepare for his February retrial.
“We’re thrilled that Buju will have some time to regroup before we try this case again,” Markus said.
The singer’s freedom is temporary and will be restricted until he goes to trial again. He’s not allowed to leave the country until then.
*Bail is being offered to Buju Banton, but it’s going to cost him a quarter of a million dollars. His trial begins in December for cocaine-trafficking charges.
The judge in the case ordered that he pay for 24-hour security to ensure he doesn’t leave his home except for emergency visits to his doctor or lawyer.
He was charged with conspiracy to possess and distribute coke and a firearm charge that could have put him behind bars for life.
According to his testimony, the reggae crooner said he had no real intentions of either buying or selling cocaine and only told the undercover agent of the plan to impress him.
Banton believed the agent had some connections with people in the industry and thought the drug deal would make him look good to executives.