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George Zimmerman

Not Off the Hook (Maybe) ...

FEDS Could Prosecute

7/14/2013 3:25 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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The U.S. Department of Justice is now investigating the shooting death of Trayvon Martin ... meaning, if slapped with federal charges, George Zimmerman could face jail time -- even after his not guilty verdict.

The DOJ issued a statement Sunday ... revealing they are looking into the case, evaluating the evidence (including testimony from the State trial) -- and will determine whether or not federal prosecutors should file criminal civil rights charges against Zimmerman.

Here's why it's important ... Zimmerman was found not guilty on Saturday of both second-degree murder and manslaughter when tried by the State of Florida -- and is technically a free man.

But since the news broke ... civil-rights activists have been up in arms​, like Al Sharpton and the NAACP who are clamoring for the DOJ to bring civil rights charges against Zimmerman.

If the Feds decide to go through with new criminal charges ... then a jail sentence is back on the table.

Although, according to legal experts, it will be an uphill battle to prove in court that Zimmerman was motivated solely by race.

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151.

Mayu    

Despite all the pictures of Trayvon as a 12 year old... Trayvon wasn't a CHILD. He was 17... if he had committed a crime he'd be treated as an ADULT not a juvenile. He was old enough to smoke pot, take facebook photos of his gun... take pics of himself with his pants on the ground, gold teeth in his mouth, flipping off the camera with both birds. He wasn't a scared little child when, by his own friend's admission, he uttered a racial slur then confronted Zimmerman face to face about following him. He wasn't some baby boy who was crying for his momma. according to an unbiased eye witness he was on top of Zimmerman MMA style, doing a "Ground and pound". While the combat was probably mutual... I can see Zimmerman being afraid when Trayvon ended up getting the upper hand and getting Zimmerman into the submissive position of being the one on the bottom getting punched. Yet Obama calls this kid a son, Sharpton is chanting "no Justice no Peace" Jackson is fighting to continue to go after this guy who was legally acquitted by a jury of his peers. Where were Obama, Sharpton and Jackson when two black teens shot a 1 year old baby in a stroller, point blank in the face while robbing his mom. Where were the mass protests and call for the DOJ to step in when baby killer Casey Anthony got off? Where is the outrage about the thousands of African Americans who die at the hands of other African Americans on a daily basis? no they have to go after a guy because it advances their agenda. Obama, Sharpton and Jackson WANT racial division. They WANT racial tensions. they make their money and win elections off of it. Black on Black crime is just as harmful to the community as white on black crime, black on white crime, hispanic on black crime, black on asian crime, etc... but it's not political enough to stir up outrage.

409 days ago
152.

Sincerity    

If "ANYONE" is considering additional legal proceedings, the paperwork should be filed ASAP in order to prevent that "FOOL" GZ from leaving the country to avoid any further "CRIMINAL PROSECUTION" or "WRONGFUL DEATH LAWSUITS". I doubt seriously if this "LOSER WANNABE COP" will stick around for any additional legal proceedings. The State of Florida had a "VESTED INTEREST" in prosecuting him and seeing him acquitted. Now the "REAL HEAVY HITTERS" are going after him and HE KNOWS IT!! Just because he's "HALF HISPANIC" and I'm sure they would "RATHER NOT" claim his "TRIFLING AZZ" doesn't mean he didn't "INTENTIONALLY VIOLATE" Trayvon Martin's civil rights. After all, Trayvon Martin "COMMITTED NO CRIME" by walking on a "PUBLIC PATH MINDING HIS OWN BUSINESS"!!! GZ was told "NOT TO APPROACH HIM" and "TO STAY IN HIS VEHICLE"!!! The "RETARDED AZZ TURD" couldn't even follow "SIMPLE DIRECTIONS"!!! No wonder he's in a "WORLD OF TROUBLE"!!! YOU JUST CAN'T FIX "STUPID"!!!

409 days ago
153.

Cold Azz Honkey    

Deuces to Trayvon.

409 days ago
154.

anne2    

Ha!! GZ isn't in a world of trouble..it's the opposite..try to keep up!

409 days ago
155.

realitybites    

and what about Marissa? http://m.cbsnews.com/storysynopsis.rbml?pageType=national&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.cbsnews.com%2F8301-201_162-57433184%2Ffla-mom-gets-20-years-for-firing-warning-shots%2F&feed_id=1&videoid=37&catid=57433184

409 days ago
156.

Joe    

white people, I think it's time for us to stand up and raise absolute fxxkin havoc every time a black person killls a white person. As someone earlier in the thread it happens every single day.

For those of you upset with the verdict; please go educate yourself. Charges should have never even been brought against GZ. Murder? Manslaughter? I don't think so. One interesting piece of info that ccame out in the trial which I hadn't even heard before. Travon could have simply went home, but he came back to confront GZ. He attacked GZ, was beating the craaaaap out of him until he was shot. Got news for you, I would have shot him too.

409 days ago
157.

Karvey Kardashian    

They should investigate O.J. Simpson for murdering Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman. They are different races and he had been known to call her a dumb white bitch. That obviously was a factor in his hatred for her. I'm sick of people wanting it only one way but they do not want it to be fair no matter what they try to claim.

409 days ago
158.

bjay    

Fat chance this happens. The prosecutor said it in front of millions of viewers that race did NOT play in this case. And GZ is gonna get rich. He'll make money from suing NBC and the town that unlawfully arrested him. And he won't have to worry about the Martin's suing because when one is acquitted in Florida, they are protected from any civil suits. Unfortunately this also means the Martins will have to give back the millions they were given, since GZ was not convicted.

409 days ago
159.

chris    

I hear Skittles is coming out with a new flavor and proceeds will go to his family......................flavor will be called...........Worm Food................LOL

409 days ago
160.

Stinkerbellamoi    

TMZ get a life. The FBI has already investigated Zimmernan and found that he has and never did have racial interest or any connection with racial groups, statements, etc. The LEAD POLICE OFFICER stated Zimmerman is not a racist. Because the verdict isn't what the media wanted then it's time to ruin someone else's life This was a tragic accident. Move on. Hey Justice Department how about investigating the sale of guns to the Mexican Cartel that caused the death of a US Border Guard- OOPS...if you did that then that would upset the White House...

409 days ago
161.

Mike    

Don't let the d-bags pressure the government into wasting more of my tax dollars. Let it go. Jury has spoken. Just like when OJ got away with it. Then went to jail for stealing cable. GZ don't go to jail for stealing cable, get direct tv.

409 days ago
162.

Joe    

GZ should have never been brough up on charges. He was attacked and defended himself. Most everyone here would have done the same thing.

For those of you calling for justice; you all are morons and proably driven by racism and bigotry. You want vengeance; nor justice. At least be honest about your position.

409 days ago
163.

William    

Despite all the pictures of Trayvon as a 12 year old... Trayvon wasn't a CHILD. He was 17... if he had committed a crime he'd be treated as an ADULT not a juvenile. He was old enough to smoke pot, take facebook photos of his gun... take pics of himself with his pants on the ground, gold teeth in his mouth, flipping off the camera with both birds. He wasn't a scared little child when, by his own friend's admission, he uttered a racial slur then confronted Zimmerman face to face about following him. He wasn't some baby boy who was crying for his momma. according to an unbiased eye witness he was on top of Zimmerman MMA style, doing a "Ground and pound". While the combat was probably mutual... I can see Zimmerman being afraid when Trayvon ended up getting the upper hand and getting Zimmerman into the submissive position of being the one on the bottom getting punched. Yet Obama calls this kid a son, Sharpton is chanting "no Justice no Peace" Jackson is fighting to continue to go after this guy who was legally acquitted by a jury of his peers. Where were Obama, Sharpton and Jackson when two black teens shot a 1 year old baby in a stroller, point blank in the face while robbing his mom. Where were the mass protests and call for the DOJ to step in when baby killer Casey Anthony got off? Where is the outrage about the thousands of African Americans who die at the hands of other African Americans on a daily basis? no they have to go after a guy because it advances their agenda. Obama, Sharpton and Jackson WANT racial division. They WANT racial tensions. they make their money and win elections off of it. Black on Black crime is just as harmful to the community as white on black crime, black on white crime, hispanic on black crime, black on asian crime, etc... but it's not political enough to stir up outrage.

quoted from earlier, this sums up everything. (period)

409 days ago
164.

joe    

NOT a word from you people when blacks attack whites based on race, NOT A WORD!!! I can pull 20 stories from the last couple months alone. YOU PEOPLE SICKEN ME!!! YOU HYPOCRITES!!!!

409 days ago
165.

chris    

Zimmerman is going to be RICH.

Last night’s not-guilty verdict in the George Zimmerman trial will enable the neighborhood-watch volunteer to resume his case against NBC News for the mis-editing of his widely distributed call to police. Back in December, Zimmerman sued NBC Universal Media for defamation over the botched editing, which depicted him as a hardened racial profiler.

Here’s how NBC News, in a March 27, 2012, broadcast of the “Today” show, abridged the tape of Zimmerman’s comments to a police dispatcher on the evening of Feb. 26, 2012:
Zimmerman: This guy looks like he’s up to no good. He looks black.
The full tape went like this:
Zimmerman: This guy looks like he’s up to no good. Or he’s on drugs or something. It’s raining and he’s just walking around, looking about. Dispatcher: OK, and this guy — is he black, white or Hispanic?
Zimmerman: He looks black.
NBC Universal Media responded to the Zimmerman complaint by noting that other media outlets played up the racial angle of Zimmerman’s deadly encounter with Trayvon Martin.
The company also noted the pivotal nature of the second-degree murder case: “[I]f Zimmerman is convicted, that fact alone will constitute substantial evidence that the destruction of his reputation is the result of his own criminal conduct, and not of the broadcasts at issue which, like countless other news reports disseminated by media entities throughout the country, reported on the underlying events.”

409 days ago
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