Attorney Gen. Eric Holder Delivers Statement On Supreme Court Voting Rights Act

The Justice Department says it is looking into the shooting death of Trayvon Martin to determine whether federal prosecutors should file criminal civil rights charges now that George Zimmerman has been acquitted in the state case.

The department opened an investigation into Martin’s death last year but stepped aside to allow the state prosecution to proceed.

In a statement Sunday, the Justice Department said the criminal section of the civil rights division, the FBI and the U.S. Attorney’s office for the Middle District of Florida are continuing to evaluate the evidence generated during the federal probe, in addition to the evidence and testimony from the state trial.

The statement said that, “Experienced federal prosecutors will determine whether the evidence reveals a prosecutable violation of any of the limited federal criminal civil rights statutes within our jurisdiction,” the statement said. The  Justice Department also added that it will determine “whether federal prosecution is appropriate in accordance with the department’s policy governing successive federal prosecution following a state trial.”

On Sunday, NAACP President Benjamin Todd Jealous started a petition calling for the Justice Department to open a civil rights case against Zimmerman for the shooting death of 17-year-old Martin, but experience has shown it’s almost never easy getting convictions in such high-profile prosecutions.

“The Justice Department would face significant challenges in bringing a federal civil rights case against Mr. Zimmerman,” said Alan Vinegrad, the former U.S. Attorney in the Eastern District of New York. “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.”



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  • MommieDearest

    I’ll hold my breath…

  • MimiLuvs

    If the case is under review, I hope the prosecutors are under investigation as well.
    If the rumor that GZ was a judge for the state of Florida is true, plus there’s the prosecution’s lack of passion for the case, it’s fishy.

  • You can tell the prosecution lacked passion for the case during the trial and during the press conference. The only one who seemed to have any compassion was the guy with the bald head and who had glasses. I don’t know if he was putting on or what. However, the other two were just smiling and to laid back for me. I saw on the news today that they all of sudden have a new theory of what happen well why wasn’t it brought up in court.

  • Nika

    I think the only reason they’ll do anything is because of the public outcry. This case is like a pebble in the shoes of the white political arena and they want nothing more than for all of us to simply go away. If this will appease us for a little longer they’ll pretend they’ll do something. The sad thing is that this case, like so many others will simply fall by the wayside when more interesting news arises. How can they possibly prove the racism that’s in GZ’s heart? No one will openly admit to being racist. This will be a long uphill battle and Travon will still never get to live the life he was supposed to live.

    • robert deininger

      Trayvon had the right to be on top,he was fighting a man who profiled him as a black crook and followed him,scaring the hell out of him,and then pulled a gun and murdered him,he was told to stay in the car,Zimmerman is a racist,wanna be cop,he talked like a cop to the cops,if trayvon had shot zimmerman in reverse rolls,he would have went to jail that night,anyone who does not believe that,is a racist or lives in disney land,totally protected from the outside

  • WhatIThink

    I hate to burst anyones bubble, but when the Attorney General starts off talking about how he has a “discussion with his son” about how to act around white folks, you know darn well he isn’t fixing to do a whole lot of anything. To say that means to admit that there is a separate and unequal system of law and civil rights and that black folks just need to accept it. And this is from the TOP law man of the country. If that is not sickening and disgusting I don’t know what is.

    He should have been telling his son to learn self defense and legally carry. But of course black folks being inherently criminal like Trayvon they can’t do that lest they be seen as to dangerous to white folks. By Mr Holder’s logic Trayvon shoulda turned and said “yassa boss I be going back to mah folks house up yonder and here is my papers sir” Totally asinine coonish behavior from folks who should know better.

    Totally amazing how weak black folks can be in their own defense when things count.