Not being a lawyer, I can’t answer this, but I wonder how much of an impact recent events with Zimmerman could have in mounting a federal case against him. The original trial was such a monumental farce that it seems like the prosecution may have even been trying to lose. Zimmerman’s history of anger management problems (not to mention the run-ins with the law he had as a result), as well as his far fetched story about Trayvon “bashing” his head against concrete, yet still having the presence of mind to reach for his gun and shoot it, and then walk away from such an attack with mere scratches on the back of his head and no sign of a concussion whatsoever would seem to me to be sufficient cause to press charges.
But like I said, I’m not a lawyer, so what the hell do I know? Nonetheless, even if Holder can’t find a reason to mount a credible civil rights case against him, it does seem like karma is biting Zimmerman in the ass, as that very temper may actually take away his freedom, at least in some way. And if that happens, I think Trayvon Martin does get a measure of justice.
Attorney General Eric Holder says the Justice Department will soon announce a decision on whether to file civil rights charges against George Zimmerman in the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin.
The death of the unarmed 17-year-old in Florida touched off a national debate about race.
The Washington Post reported Holder’s comments, which were confirmed by Justice Department spokesman Brian Fallon.
Holder says the civil rights investigation into Martin’s death will be completed relatively soon and that the Justice Department will issue a report about its deliberations. Zimmerman was acquitted of second-degree murder and manslaughter.