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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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181.

Just_Me    

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

276 days ago
182.

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

276 days ago
183.

sasha    

The guy wearing red was beating up the guy wearing red.....head in concrete.
Trayvon was loved and will be missed but for Gods sake have some common sense!

BTW! AL SHARPTON???? WHERE WERE YOU WHEN OJ KILLED NICOLE? OH THATS RIGHT???? YOU WERE DEFENDING HIM EVEN THOUGH THE EVIDENCE WAS MONUMENTAL AGAINST HIM!
AL, are u a racist....*gasp*

276 days ago
184.

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)

276 days ago
185.

Lola    

Double jeopardy is not legal. His life should not be sacrificed so that those people whose only job and sole financial support are keeping race trouble stirred up become important.

276 days ago
186.

Lola    

There will never be racial calm and peace because it is not to the benefit of the black race nor of its "leaders," whose sole income is earned by keeping tensions stirred up. Take away that, make them get real jobs, and see how fast they start staying in school, getting real jobs, like the rest of us.

276 days ago
187.

surfinmommy    

Al, NAACP, Obama....where were you when a black guy shot and killed a white guy on Pensacola Beach??? Where IS the justice???? You all are an embarrassment to this country. YOU are the ones that keep bringing up race when WE are trying to move forward. Black folks, same as white, asian, hispanic, etc ALL have it within ourselves to make a change, yet it seems Al and the NAACP continue to want whites to make up for their ancestors. GET OVER IT. I cannot believe we are still talking about racism in the 21st century. Geez.....

276 days ago
188.

Sean Kelly    

Shame on you TMZ. You KNOW that the FBI and DOJ were following the case BEFORE the trial was even held.

276 days ago
189.

gayforliztaylor    

KIMBEGONE

The fact that you are making excuses for GZ is horrid. What does it matter if someone wants to walk in the rain. Maybe he liked the rain! The point is, he was not doing anything wrong. GZ is a wannabe cop with a history of calling police on so called suspicious people in the neighborhood. He has a history of this. He called 47 times on different people. He harassed Trayvon and there's a lot of people that would have asked him what his problem was. GZ was told to leave it alone by the 911 operator. He did not. And we all know what happened next.
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GZ clearly has a severe psychosis & no one should've let him hold a weapon of any kind. He was a
ticking time bomb waiting to go off,
Travon obviously was not smart enough to understand that there were evil & insane people with weapons. If GZ had cared about the community, he wouldn't have played Clint Eastwood & he would've received psychiatric help. Sane, law-abiding man have an ability to stay away from innocent children who minded their own business. Instead of staying away, he called this boy "suspicious", continued following him to scare the boy & refused to let him walk home.
Anyone with intelligence can see that a lot of dark skinned people have White, Indian, Asian, etc. ancestry too. Some light-skinned people are mixed race too.
GZ wouldn't have described a light-skinned girl who also walked home from the store as "suspicious".
He was the racist here. The ones giving him excuses for his phone call & incitement of a fight from Travon are crying racism? Hypocrites!
I met racists of different races & GZ is still a racist.
His long history of harrassment of other people proved it.
What does Travon buying candy have to do with
being suspicious? The racist trolls can't answer this?
GZ was no trained cop & normal man. He was no victim. Millions of GZ defenders are going to look for suspicious people & cause fights & shoot the dark-skinned men in the hearts, & hope jurors & DOJ let them off the hook too?

276 days ago
190.

laceyJ    

Whether justice was served or not the prosecution presented literally no evidence that he was guilty. Anyone that actually followed the trial can see that. The jury pretty much had no choice. No matter the outcome there was going to be no winner.

276 days ago
191.

laceyJ    

Whether justice was served or not the prosecution presented literally no evidence that he was guilty. Anyone that actually followed the trial can see that. The jury pretty much had no choice. No matter the outcome there was going to be no winner.

276 days ago
192.

Old Webster    

Didn't see OJ get federal charges when he killed 2 white people...WTF!!

276 days ago
193.

Carrie    

Trayvon Martin was a thug who would have beaten George Zimmerman to death if Zimmerman hadn't had a gun.

276 days ago
194.

Dieselboi81    

LEAVE HIM ALONE. Zimmerman for president.

276 days ago
195.

nu sox n draws    

more than 500 murders in chicago last year

276 days ago
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