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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(985 comments)posted 1 year 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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2GTX66(341 comments)posted 1 year ago

Everyone has to play the race card. OK if Trevon was, no one would have even heard about this case. Thousands of people are not working and the Govt want to spend millions just to shut up Jesse and Al. Zimmerman was found NOT Guilty. Doe the term Double Jeopardy mean anything to these fools.

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3excel(279 comments)posted 1 year 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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4vinglass(226 comments)posted 1 year ago

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

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5GTX66(341 comments)posted 1 year ago

Zimmerman had a legal right to carry a weapon. Look at the Florida Law. Zimmerman was found NOT Guilty, it is time to move on.

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6janeyblue(227 comments)posted 1 year 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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7zz3(921 comments)posted 1 year ago

excel its time to come out of your time capsule!! Where does it say one person (of a certain race)has the right to inflict any type of injury, burglary, and so on.. over another race of people!! And then call it RACIST, when someone responds with legal deadly force. Get serious!!The playing field is just getting more even with the help of stand your ground and CC. Maybe Travons father should have kept him in the house because it was after curfew(oh i forgot that would be picking on them). Maybe he should have not got kicked out of school at his mothers and he might not have got shot. Maybe convict the parents of child negligence??? There a lot of family to blame for this also instead of focusing on what really happened. He just screwed up plain and simple and got what unfortunately comes when you screw up!

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8borylie(770 comments)posted 1 year 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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