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Civil rights case vs. Zimmerman won’t be simple

Published: Mon, July 15, 2013 @ 9:15 a.m.

Civil rights case vs. Zimmerman won’t be simple

WASHINGTON (AP) — Calls for the Justice Department to look into the shooting death of Trayvon Martin reverberated as soon as George Zimmerman was acquitted of state charges in a Florida courtroom, but it may be even tougher to mount a federal case against Zimmerman. The department says it’s reviewing evidence to determine whether criminal civil rights charges are warranted, but legal experts see major barriers to a federal prosecution - including the burden of proving that Zimmerman, the former neighborhood watch leader, was motivated by racial animosity - and say Justice officials would likely be saddled with some of the same challenges that complicated the unsuccessful state case.


1JoeFromHubbard(1817 comments)posted 3 years ago

> > Justice Department to look into the shooting ... of ... Martin ... as soon as ...Zimmerman was acquitted of state charges < <

He was properly acquitted.

Control the crowds and terminate the issue.

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2NoBS(2841 comments)posted 3 years ago

Who cares if the charges are warranted? The charges in the murder trial weren't warranted either! But we can spend millions more in taxpayer money, and keep the racists happy, and maybe they can bully their way into a "verdict" they like this time, whether it's just or not.


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3redeye1(5678 comments)posted 3 years ago

GTX66 Just for your info Obama and Holden can l file racist charges against Zimmerman that is a totally different set of charges. So they can't be held responsible to the double jeopardy laws They are just trying to divide this country with this racist BS I hope ALL THE FOOLS who voted for OBAMMY are happy. This just one of the many changes he promised.

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4excel(1311 comments)posted 3 years ago

Many thousands are being killed every year by gunfire for various reasons. If Zimmerman didn't have a gun Trayvon would still be alive. LET'S GET ALL OF THE GUNS OFF THE STREETS!

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5vinglass(295 comments)posted 3 years ago

excel, maybe Trayvon would still be alive, but perhaps Zimmerman would be beaten dead

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6janeyblue(227 comments)posted 3 years ago

All implying cap guns,squirt guns,guns that shoot blanks, pellet guns,bb guns,the list goes on and on. Will this include hunting rifles?
Then of course we must disarm any and all police,sheriff,bounty hunters,secret service agents,again the list goes on and on.
Shall we disarm the military also?
Next you will want Taco Bell to ban sporks.
Society can and will find another weapon of choice. It always has,read some history books excel.
It is called evolution. Your gene pool must have missed a few thousand years.
Many people are killed by knives,cars,boats,buses and grapes and hot dogs. Yes lets outlaw them too.

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7republicanRick(1741 comments)posted 3 years ago

If Zimmerman did not have a gun, the thug Trayvon would have beat him to death.

A gun saved an innocent life here.

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8borylie(953 comments)posted 3 years ago

If Zimmerman was found guilty were whites threatening violence? Any demonstrations? What can a white person do if wronged by a black? Mention KKK or any white support group and watch out. The whites in this country absolutely fear blacks,what they can do legally(hate crimes and civil right laws) and illegally(rioting and intimidating). Sharpton should be brought up on charges of inciting.

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