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George Zimmerman

Not Off the Hook (Maybe) ...

FEDS Could Prosecute

7/14/2013 3:25 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
breaking news

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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Vic Creed    

I agree with Obama when he said "We are a nation of laws, the jury has already spoken".

412 days ago

Lucy in the Sky    

This has nothing to do with race! Stop it already! The original 911 call when the operated asked GZ what race TM was he responded with "I don't know".

This is stupid people, the jury has handed their verdict, don't agree? Tuff... Now, go worry about other meaningful news, like Chicago trying to get the National Gaurd out there to help with gun violence... Ppl, you are jumping on a band wagon that never should have been jumped on... On facts that are untrue... But the media said it so it can't be wrong? Sheep..

412 days ago


Zimmerman had to defend himself against that pothead criminal that tried to kill him.

412 days ago


This is pure BS. So NAACP and Al Sharpton now influence the justice department? Who the hell are they? A bunch of racist fools who make their living off of racism? The FBI investigated Zimmerman in 2012 and concluded he is not racist. Zimmerman was acquitted. If this waste of tax payer money moves forward, and they expose George to double jeopardy via their completely unfounded lies and manipulations, it's going to be LA 92 all over again except with white people showing their dissatisfaction this time.

412 days ago


Ridiculous, There is so much wrong with this case, and the Fed are just going to create anger and chaos.
Now, Florida gets to pay a portion of Zimmermans legal Bills, Defense has filed charges against the state for Lying, Withholding evidence. I hope Zimmerman sues the hell out of NBC for cutting 911 tapes and making him look like a racist.

412 days ago


Sharpton is a greedy fool. He paved his way livung ir up on peoples donations.

412 days ago


I live in Georgia and an 8 month old white hispanic baby was shot point blank in the head, in a stroller is mother was pushing, by a 17 year old black man. Where was all the outrage????? He shot a freaking baby because the mother didn't have money to give him! You people and your "race war" are out of control! Did you ever think it is becasue of people like the Rev and Jackson that this "war" stays the way it is? They have to keep it going it is the only way to fill their wallets!

412 days ago


Sharpton: known for the Tawana Brawley case and the Duke Rape case. Anyone too young to know what I'm talking about LOOK IT UP. And yet people, WHITE people, address Charleton Sharpton with such reverence. That idiot on Meet the Press called him "Reverend." Yeah, Al's realllly reverent. Filthy piece of black sh!t has tried to ruin more white peoples' lives than anyone. And Jesse Jackson should be worried abt his out of wedlock bastard child and his former congressman son who's going to prison.

412 days ago


Any chance the DOJ can investigate the murders of our Ambassador & 3 other Americans in Benghazi? Can DOJ investigate Fast & Furious? The IRS scandal? The phone/comp tapping of journalists and all Americans? That piece of sh(!)t Eric Holder and the turd in the White House better sit this Zimmerman thing out. They've turned this country into a communist society and white ppl better wake the f@ck up.

412 days ago


eric holder needs to be brought up on charges himself.

412 days ago


Why don't people know how the criminal justice system works in this country. Just like in the Casey Anthony case, which I was not happy about, the state has the burden to prove exactly what happened, and since the state was not able to prove exactly what happened, as in all we can do is guess and assume what occurred, then you have to find not guilty, that is how it works. You can't convict people under what we "think" happened. And this thing with the feds now is just an outcry for something to be done, I can assure you, whether we like it or not, GZ is a free man and will remain that way, in this case at least.

412 days ago


Al Sharpton is a racist jerk. What so-called church is he a minister with-the First United Church of Ihatewhitepeople? Somebody should throw him in jail for being an obnoxious POS....

412 days ago


The DOJ was already looking into Sanford because of the civil violation of the homeless man by the SPD son who beat him up. Remember that one just before Zimmerman committed murder?

Sanford (and most of Florida State) has a history of recurring civil rights violations.

This is not about Sharpton or Jackson. This is about murder of a teenager who was not committing a crime.

412 days ago


This is all BS !!!! Look at the facts people! This racism propaganda has gone far enough....

412 days ago


I am so sick of these blacks always playing the race card. When OJ killed a white woman , he got away with murder. If he wasn't such a dumb ass and acted like a fool, he would not have gone to jail. Why is it in this country when a white or other race kills a black person, Racist Al Sharpton rears his ugly head. But when a black kills a white person, he's no where to be found. Wake up America and stop placating and bowing down to these so called civil rights activists. If Zimmerman was found not guilty, then drop it and let him walk away like OJ did for murdering his white wife. Where is and Justice for all??? Such a crock of ****. And if
they were such good people, why are the jail full of blacks.

412 days ago
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