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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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46.

LordGobblecock    

yes lets keep dragging it out and all the bad will and negativity that goes with it. Thatll make us all happy. He's had his day in court. This isnt a clear cut case thers a very grey area where we dont know what happened. Personally i believe Travyon instigated physical confrontation therefore Im content with the verdict. He's not innocent totally but its not manslaughter and wasnt proved as such.

279 days ago
47.

joclo    

LETS NOT FORGET THIS ALL STARTED BECAUSE OF ONE PERSON..GEORGE ZIMMERMAN! IF THERE WAS SUSPICION CALL THE COPS..A 17 YR OLD (WHETHER BLACK OR WHITE) IS STILL A KID..TO ALL OF A SUDDEN HAVE A STRANGE MAN FOLLOWING YOU IS SCARY AS HELL! ZIMMERMAN APPROCHED HIM AND THEN STOLE HIS LIFE:( HE NEEDS TO BE IN JAIL PERIOD!

279 days ago
48.

J    

To kind, compassionate people who see all life as valuable regardless of race or creed keep your head up & remember the good in the world.

279 days ago
49.

Toilethead    

I don't think it would be all that hard to prove.

279 days ago
50.

hangfire09    

George Zimmerman totally looks like Chaz Bono.

279 days ago
51.

NOFEAR    

You know it's almost like the movie Time to Kill but he did it on purpose and they turned it around and the black man was found not guilty. It's not Zimmermans choice as to what the verdict should of been they produced the evidence, jury heard it all, and found him not guilty. I'm pretty sure this isn't the only shooting that has taken place like this. I get tired of them always trying to make it a race thing..It wasn't about that. But yet if it was the opposite and he was found not guilty they would be celebrating and not a care in the world....But you can fix stupid!!!!!!!!!

279 days ago
52.

Gabe    

I'm a Lakers fan; let's just replay the season....oh it's over? Okay, I will move on.

279 days ago
53.

overthere    

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BPGzy93CIAAmK7G.png NOT JUST AN INNOCENT KID

279 days ago
54.

ts    

f him

278 days ago
55.

Rhonda    

"The attorney for Trayvon Martin’s family said the slain teenager will be remembered alongside civil rights figures Medgar Evers and Emmett Till in the wake of George Zimmerman’s acquittal.

“Trayvon Martin will forever remain in the annals of history next to Medgar Evers and Emmett Till as symbols for the fight for equal justice for all,” Benjamin Crump said Saturday night.

Evers was an NAACP civil rights activist assassinated in Mississippi in 1963. Till was a 14-year-old black boy brutally murdered in 1955 after supposedly flirting with a white woman.

If the DOJ goes after Zimmerman, than they must also go after Carolyn Bryant.

278 days ago
56.

INTHEZONE    

i'll bet that black guy in the white house has something to do with this

278 days ago
57.

NOFEAR    

You know it's almost like the movie Time to Kill but he did it on purpose and they turned it around and the black man was found not guilty. It's not Zimmermans choice as to what the verdict should of been they produced the evidence, jury heard it all, and found him not guilty. I'm pretty sure this isn't the only shooting that has taken place like this. I get tired of them always trying to make it a race thing..It wasn't about that. But yet if it was the opposite and he was found not guilty they would be celebrating and not a care in the world....But you can fix stupid!!!!!!!!!

278 days ago
58.

Bagheera    

Honestly, the safest place in America for George Zimmerman will be inside of a Maximum Security Prison. Yes, he was found not guilty, but a good chunk of the rest of American insists he is guilty.

278 days ago
59.

overthere    

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BPGzy93CIAAmK7G.png lets be real. trayvon was not just a innocent kid going to get skittles and arizona he also made wrong decision that ultimately lead to his own death SO DONT JUST BLAME THE GUY THAT SHOT HIM TRAYVON MADE WRONG DECISIONS HE JUST NOT HERE TO TELL US ALL THE WRONG HE DID SO YOU ALL JUST TURN BLAME TO THE WINNER! STOP HATIN

278 days ago
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Sue Rawlings    

Oh come on already!! STOP WITH THE RACE CARD! Are you so desperate that it's all about RACE and not the fact that this boy could have been any color in the rainbow and still have been shot?! What about when OJ went free for killing Nicole and Ron (white people)? You guys were dancing in the streets when he was acquitted! Double standard bull****.

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