Zimmerman verdict: The civil-rights case

  • Article by: Noah Feldman , Bloomberg
  • Updated: July 15, 2013 - 6:44 PM

It’s no cinch, so imagine the reaction if Zimmerman won again.

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ericgus55Jul. 15, 13 6:57 PM

There should be no federal civil-rights charges. To prove such a thing, one would have to know the motives for Zimmerman's actions, and we cannot. This should be over now from a criminal perspective. Now, if the Martin family chooses to sue, that's none of my business.

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jarlmnJul. 15, 13 8:24 PM

It is a sad day for race-relations when folks have to grasp *this* hard at straws in order to railroad some dumb schlub into taking the heat for years of abuses that were not his doing. This case has never been about justice. It is, and cynically continues to be, about blind retribution. The pathological "civil rights" leaders and the misguided folks supporting them by continuing to gnaw on this are actually going to set race relations back 50 years! Gee, that's being "progressive" ain't it?

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johneramone4Jul. 15, 13 8:26 PM

Bringing federal charges agains Mr. Zimmerman would be the legal mistake to end all legal mistakes. 1. The proeseiction STILL has no case to speak of. 2. Regardless of what some people may tell you. it would be a clear violation of Mr. Zimmerman's 5th amendment protection against double jeopardy. 3. A private citizen has NEVER beeen convicted of Federal civil rights violation in any ase that efern remmotely resembled the facts of this one. 4. Did I mention the prosecttion would have no case? Actually they wold even have LESS of a case in that there is not onoe shred of evidencte that Mr. Zimmreman even knwe what Trayvon's race was when he first ntticed his suspicious behavior.

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allhailfsmJul. 15, 13 8:32 PM

Even if it cannot in the end be proven, he needs the trial. He stalked an killed an innocent young man. We need to do everything legally possible to hold him to account for what he did.

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okaybruceeJul. 15, 13 9:13 PM

When blacks kill blacks and whites kill whites...no one bats an eye. But mix the two and everyone loses their mind!

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dsteele04Jul. 16, 13 9:56 AM

I have no compassion for a citizen walking the streets armed but the law protects us from double jeopardy when it's not being distorted for political purposes.

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EleanoreJul. 16, 1310:16 AM

"We need to do everything legally possible to hold him to account for what he did." - This is done, over, finished from the public interest. GZ will have to live with his actions for the rest of his life, and TM will not be able to live with the results of his. there really is a lesson here for all of us, you actions have consequences and there are no do overs, no courts that can peel back time, no attorney general who can seagul in, make a big noise, and stir up anything that will save you from your choices. YOU, only have you to hold responsible for your choices. Victims need not apply in society, natural law rules against them.

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offtherecordJul. 16, 1310:20 AM

The FBI investigated Zimmerman and found no racism in his history or in the shooting of Martin. The unedited 911 tape indicates Zimmerman did not know Martin's race when he was walking behind him (love the liberal stalking claim). There will probably be charges filed to satisfy liberals who will not accept the juries verdict. They demanded a trial and got one but refuse to accept the verdict and the truth.

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roadtoruinJul. 16, 1310:26 AM

We need to do everything legally possible to hold him to account for what he did....... Double Jeopardy is clearly ILLEGAL under the 5th amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

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roadtoruinJul. 16, 1310:28 AM

When blacks kill blacks and whites kill whites...no one bats an eye. But mix the two and everyone loses their mind!..... Black on black crime. Extremely common. Black on White crime. Fairly common. White on Black Crime. Estremely rare. The likes of Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton and the NACCP's Ben Jealous do not care at all about black on black crime or black on white crime. Why? Because even as rare as it is. the REAL MONEY lies in whtie on black crime.

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