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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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All Heart    

Looks like GZ is going to keep racking up legal bills, and he's going to have to sweat this out. Good for him.

443 days ago
2.

jo    

race war is the only solution now

443 days ago
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Hugh    

Good. Hope this mall cop wannabe doesn't get a second of peace.

443 days ago
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ALH    

Let it go people. Zimmerman was acquitted. The jury has spoken (the jury with an African American juror). Leave him alone and get on with your lives. Black people kill white people every day and there is NEVER this much backlash.

443 days ago
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cathy    

yeah i so think that it is not over yet. Jury's decision was way over racist. He is going to get another court trial which is going to sentence him for life in prison. Hold on tight Zimmerman.

443 days ago
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Laurin    

I heard The Purge starts tonight at Zimmerman's house.

443 days ago
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Jim    

I love how the Florida State Attorney General claimed in her news conference last night that this case was NEVER about race, but now the DOJ is considering filing Civil Rights charges against Zimmerman.

443 days ago
8.

Rob    

Paula Deen and George Zimmerman, both democrats that voted for socialist. They bought all the crapola about change and peace and love... and were tossed under the bus by the racist, politically correct, liberal douches. Both of them can go to hell as far as I am concerned. You would think you liberals would learn from this...but you are as dumb as them both. They voted for "CHANGE." well....they got it.

443 days ago
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bob    

are you kidding me? Now every time a white person kills someone of another race it's going to be a criminal civil rights charge levied against them.

443 days ago
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Norma Desomd    

Sharpen started all this and had this case a slam dunk by the court of public opinion. He needs to face it, he was acquitted now get over it!

443 days ago
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Michelle17    

This is absolutely wrong. He should never have been charged in the first place and was rightly acquitted. Just because you don't like the outcome you cant scheme up additional unwarranted charges. The only person who mentioned race was Trayvon when he called George a Cracker and a Ni66er. Ironically GZ is HISPANIC but the media and race baiters want him to be WHITE. White=BAD dontcha know??

443 days ago
12.

CreamyPB    

Wait,...
"The U.S. Justice of Department is now investigating"

TMZ? Justice of Department???

443 days ago
13.

Jowata's Revenge    

Alright TMZ,
I'm sorry to say it sounds like you guys want a race war to start out. I guess for you TMZ Paparazzi guys, it would be a good "News" Story for you to cover. However, I can tell you and all these racist Blacks don't wan't "Whitey" bust'n up in your and their neighborhoods. Trust Me, you don't want it..................!!!

443 days ago
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Lucy    

If GZ hadn't had a gun to defend himself, Martin would have been charged with assaulting the neighborhood watch guy. Had he killed GZ then it would be Martin convicted of second degree murder. Unlike GZ, Martin had no defensive wounds other than the gunshot, so he wouldn't have been able to plead self defense.

443 days ago
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Susanlsmith    

With all the black on white crime we should also charge them in every way possible Till we get a conviction

443 days ago
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