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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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76.

Jdawg    

Sure , Lets waste a couple of Million dragging Zimmerman through a bunch of BS after a Jury Found him Not Guilty. Feds should Let the Martins do their thing in Civil Court and Keep out of it.

433 days ago
77.

dj61    

Awwe...for chrissakes! Give it a rest! He was found innocent. Respect the verdict!

433 days ago
78.

USArmy    

Who didn't know that this might happen? I had no doubt the Obama administration will go after him. They didn't get the verdict they wanted so now another bite at the Apple. They have no grounds but they'll come up with something.

433 days ago
79.

john    

Let it go geeze..

BTW, everytime he is not guilty he can file a lawsuit of his own.

433 days ago
80.

Details?    

Can Zimmerman sue the NAACP and everyone else who has defamed him as a racist?

433 days ago
81.

Nonsense    

Can anyone say political correctness? The black community continues to alienate themselves from the rest of society.

433 days ago
82.

Ih8Taxes    

No big surprise. And he will be convicted. The problem is we have a legal system instead of a justice system.

433 days ago
83.

Jerry    

Al Sharpton needs a foot up his FAT ASS !! He is the BIGGEST RACIST there is !

433 days ago
84.

chris    

But federal law probably doesn't apply, said David Weinstein, a former federal prosecutor in Miami. Unlike the police officers in the King case, Zimmerman wasn't acting "under color of law."
There also is little basis to charge Zimmerman with a federal hate crime, Weinstein said, since prosecutors would have to show that he shot and killed Martin primarily because of the teen's race. Nothing in the state trial suggested it was a racially motivated crime, he said.
"Under the law, there is no basis for them to file any charges," Weinstein said about the Department of Justice.
Under public pressure, he added, the Justice Department may send lawyers to Florida to investigate the case so they can write a report that says "there was nothing there."
"That may satisfy people," Weinstein said.

433 days ago
85.

anne2    

Sharpton and his ilk have been playing this shill game for over 40 years! The verdict was very justified..

433 days ago
86.

ImExOh    

Obama already said that although it was a tragedy the jury had spoken.. Meaning he was probably presented with the ENTIRE evidence and decided it was the right one.. Besides this was all probably blown out throughout the news for the governments ownhidden agenda, which is to enforce GUN CONTROL LAWS nothing more, nothing less. Sad but true

433 days ago
87.

Eye Opener    

"George Zimmerman Trial: Black Life -vs- White Privilege," a must hear podcast. Learn why this trial divided this country along racial lines...and where that is headed.

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/centerstage/2013/07/14/zimmerman-verdict-black-life-vs-white-privilege

433 days ago
88.

Misty    

Why does President Obama want GZ to be indicted on federal charges but he never said a word on the Casey Anthony case. To me Casey Anthony should be in prison for killing a child but the President did not feel the need to make a statement.

433 days ago
89.

Randi    

UNBELIEVABLE! The Feds didn't step in when OJ was found innocent. Double standard! Damn cowards!

433 days ago
90.

guest    

TMZ.. ...Did you mean to write U.S Department of Justice??...Not.. U.S Justice Department???...I know this is a gossip site and nor CNN...but really?

433 days ago
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