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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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166.

Pamela    

Abuse of power IMO. He was found not guilty PERIOD!!!

404 days ago
167.

tmz addict    

someones kid would be alive today if it wasnt for people like this ......... oh well

404 days ago
168.

David D    

We could have never guessed this one, of course they didn't see a reason to investigate those who killed the white baby.

404 days ago
169.

Johnny    

the D.O.J. tries to get involved in a States case this will open up a whole new can of worms, Then we need to open up every case a black person killed a white person and call it racist motivated then. how about those 5 black males that cornered a 15 year old white female in Dallas beat her severely and raped her over and over? Where was this Adultry Jackson and this crack head Sharpton at there?

404 days ago
170.

Vote2012    

The race war throughout this country will now begin thanks to Barry Obama our first black President. Since Obama has been President blacks economic conditions have declined, he is now stirring things up more blacks will suffer. Zimmerman was on trial and was judged by the jury as innocent. Where does this failed government get the authority to change that decision? Obama is acting like a third world banana republic dictator not a President of the USA.

404 days ago
171.

feinburgrl    

I thought you can't do double jeopardy law?

404 days ago
172.

paul a.    

Federal charges will never happen. They cannot win. Zimmerman will have to be shown to have had racists attitudes in the past. Which he may very well have but also mitigating behavior will also come into play. And he has several of those.
A civil rights charge is not just about the crime it is also about the motivation behind the crime.

404 days ago
173.

robj    

How many time do you want to prosecute a man whose jury of his peers had already given a verdict that he is innocent?????

404 days ago
174.

anne2    

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List of sponsors on MSNBC to boycott because of their very misleading and very racist covering of this whole fiasco!

404 days ago
175.

chris    

There were a lot of things that the defense could have used but they didn't even bother to use. First Trayvon Martin was the guest of a guest at this Condo. Therefore he had no rights at all to be there. His father's alleged fiancé ( the very loosely used term in the African American community, do these women even require an engagement ring worth a couple of thousand dollars or so? for that label ?) Was the resident of the condo. Travon's father was the guest. Trayvon was visiting him. As an unsupervised guest of a guest Trayvon had no rights to be wandering around a the grounds of a gated condo property in Florida. I was on a Board of a Condo in Florida, the condo Laws in Florida are quite voluminous and this quite clear. He was a trespasser. I agree with Pride and Joy, Mr. Martin and his Girl friend Ms. Green are the ones who should be held liable. Instead Ben Crump already extrorted $1 million dollar settlement out of the HOA insurance policy to settle before trial. Of which Mr. Crump got 40% or $400K and each of Trayvon's parents only got $300K. While that is a windfall to a $20K a year Miami-Dade County Gov't Social Worker and a $30 K or so Trucker Driver who has a bunch of babies with various baby mama's and moves from woman to woman. Who would leave a 17 year old sent to him for supervision, because he had been suspended from school 3 times in 4 months. He was up to a 10 day suspension, the mother sent Trayvon to him for some Father discipline, since he was misbehaving for her. He rather party with his girl friend or fiancé. Then the worthless father doesn't even report his son missing for a day.

404 days ago
176.

robj    

How many times do you want to prosecute a man whose jury of his peers have already given a verdict that he is innocent?????? until all blacks turn white?????

404 days ago
177.

Chris    

I think the jury gave the correct verdict based on the case the prosecution presented. That being said, is it self-defense if you start a fight, start to lose, and then use deadly force to keep from getting you ass kick? Mr. Zimmerman needs to be held accountable for his actions. Just because he was "Neighbor Hood Watch" he should not be allow to peruse and confront someone on public property that has not committed a crime. Whether he is guilty of a crime or not, a 17 year old boy is dead and his life is in ruin because of his actions alone. So sad.

404 days ago
178.

myoung1414    

tmz ****ing blows

404 days ago
179.

Just_Me    

The only judge that matters will give true justice when he keels over. The fat b/ astard will roast in hell.

404 days ago
180.

david    

By any means do I think what Zimmerman did was right but it was not Murder.

Rodney Kings cops acquited in 1992- African Americans riots causing 58 deaths but its okay?

OJ Simpson found not guilty- African Americans celebrate

George Zimmerman found not guilty- African Americans outraged.

Catch my drift

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