Justice Department mulls if further action possible in Zimmerman case

WASHINGTON Sun Jul 14, 2013 4:28pm EDT

Will Reese holds a protest sign in response to the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the Trayvon Martin trial, in the Harlem neighborhood of New York, July 14, 2013. REUTERS/Keith Bedford

Will Reese holds a protest sign in response to the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the Trayvon Martin trial, in the Harlem neighborhood of New York, July 14, 2013.

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Justice Department said on Sunday it is evaluating whether it has enough evidence to support further prosecution of George Zimmerman in federal court in the shooting death of unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin, and whether it can do so after Zimmerman was acquitted in a Florida state court.

"Experienced federal prosecutors will determine whether the evidence reveals a prosecutable violation of any of the limited federal criminal civil rights statutes within our jurisdiction," a Justice Department spokesman said in a statement, "and whether federal prosecution is appropriate in accordance with the department's policy governing successive federal prosecution following a state trial."

(Reporting by Mark Felsenthal; Editing by Will Dunham)

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Comments (15)
justinoinroma wrote:
not guilty is the only legal verdict from the evidence provided in this case – as for the racial issue, testimony given implicates the deceased as the perpetrator of racism not the defendant. justice has been served and continued racial hatred thinly masked as pursuit of justice is self-evident

Jul 14, 2013 4:37pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
TheNewWorld wrote:
Yes there is further action to be taken. Since Trayvon called Zimmerman a creepy a$$ cracker and then attacked him, his parents should be held liable for his attempted hate crime. Remember that hate crime legislation you all love? It goes both ways.

Jul 14, 2013 4:48pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Opportunistic, elitist, hate mongering politicians should leave Zimmerman alone. He was acquitted by a jury.

Jul 14, 2013 5:00pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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