The Zimmerman case might not be over after all, as federal prosecutors are looking into it further.
As of today, you couldn’t turn on or read the news without hearing about George Zimmerman, a Neighborhood Watch member who took matters into his own hands over what he thought was a suspicious looking person in the neighborhood. Apparently, George Zimmerman thought that 17 year old Trayvon Martin was up to something as he crossed a Florida apartment complex wearing a hoodie. George Zimmerman proceeded to follow the young man, and shot him to death. He claimed he did it in self defense.
As previously reported by The Inquisitr, George Zimmerman was pronounced not guilty by a Florida jury, based on legal loopholes. Could it have been bad gun laws? According to laws in some states such as Florida, there is an “imperfect self defense” clause that states that if you made an honest mistake and truly believed your life was in danger, it was justified.
However, in spite of the technicalities, and after the verdict was announced, Al Sharpton and the NAACP petitioned the US government to look into the case further. A myriad of followers of the Zimmerman case do not believe justice was served. Civil rights may have been violated.
Alan Vinegrad, former US Attorney in the Eastern District of New York, stated:
“The Justice Department would face significant challenges in bringing a federal civil rights case against Mr. Zimmerman. There are several factual and legal hurdles that federal prosecutors would have to overcome: They’d have to show not only that the attack was unjustified, but that Mr. Zimmerman attacked Mr. Martin because of his race and because he was using a public facility, the street.”
Lauren Resnick, a former federal prosecutor of the same state added in defense of the verdict as it stands, “When you have a fact pattern where one person’s alive, and one person’s not, and the person alive is the defendant, it’s hard to prove things beyond a reasonable doubt.”
People on both sides of the fence have strong beliefs concerning the Zimmerman case, and a lot of those who oppose the verdict are doing everything they can to make George Zimmerman face the full extent of what they believe is the punishment due.
Do you think there is more to the Zimmerman case than the not guilty verdict indicates?