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Monday, July 15, 2013

Zimmerman’s Legal Fight May Continue

George Zimmerman arrives for his trial in Seminole circuit court in Sanford, Fla. Thursday, July 11, 2013. (Gary W. Green/Orlando Sentinel via AP)

George Zimmerman arrives for his trial in Seminole circuit court in Sanford, Fla. Thursday, July 11, 2013. (Gary W. Green/Orlando Sentinel via AP)

Thousands of demonstrators from across the country – chanting, praying and even fighting tears – protested a jury’s decision to clear neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman in the shooting death of an unarmed black teenager while the Justice Department considered whether to file criminal civil rights charges.

Rallies on Sunday were largely peaceful as demonstrators voiced their support for 17-year-old Trayvon Martin’s family and decried Zimmerman’s not guilty verdict as a miscarriage of justice.

Police in Los Angeles said they arrested several people early Monday after about 80 protesters gathered in Hollywood on Sunset Boulevard and an unlawful assembly was declared. The New York Police Department said it arrested at least a dozen people on disorderly conduct charges during a rally in Times Square.

The NAACP and protesters called for federal civil rights charges against Zimmerman, who was acquitted Saturday in Martin’s February 2012 shooting death.

The Justice Department said it is looking into the case to determine whether federal prosecutors should file criminal civil rights charges now that 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.

The evidence generated during the federal probe is still being evaluated by the criminal section of the Justice Department’s civil rights division, the FBI and the U.S. attorney’s office for the Middle District of Florida, along with evidence and testimony from the state trial, the Justice Department said.

Meanwhile, President Barack Obama and religious and civil rights leaders urged calm in hopes of ensuring peaceful demonstrations following a case that became an emotional flash point.

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  • Devlin Barrett, covers security and law enforcement for the Wall Street Journal. He tweets @DevlinBarrett.

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    Dr. StrangeLaw

    [The Attorney General calls Trayvon Martin's father, Tracy Martin]
    http://youtu.be/qjN9yK4lhxU

    Attorney General Eric GunHolder: [to Tracy Martin] Hello?… Uh… Hello Tr- uh hello Tracy? Listen uh uh I can’t hear too well. Do you suppose you could turn the crying and wailing down just a little?… Oh-ho, that’s much better… yeah… huh… yes… Fine, I can hear you now, Tracy… Clear and plain and coming through fine… I’m coming through fine, too, eh?… Good, then… well, then, as you say, we’re both coming through fine… Good… Well, it’s good that you’re fine and… and I’m fine… I agree with you, it’s great to be fine… a-ha-ha-ha-ha… Now then, Tracy, you know how we’ve always talked about the possibility of something going wrong with the Law… The *Law*, Tracy… The *Rule* of Law!… Well now, what happened is… ahm… one of our vigilante assistants, he had a sort of… well, he went a little funny in the head… you know… just a little… funny. And, ah… he went and did a silly thing… Well, I’ll tell you what he did. He allowed his defense lawyer… to attack your dead son… Ah… Well, let me finish, Tracy… Let me finish, Tracy… Well listen, how do you think I feel about it?… Can you *imagine* how I feel about it, Tracy?… Why do you think I’m calling you? Just to say hello?… *Of course* I like to speak to you!… *Of course* I like to say hello!… Not now, but anytime, Tracy. I’m just calling up to tell you something terrible has happened… It’s a *friendly* call. Of course it’s a friendly call… Listen, if it wasn’t friendly… you probably wouldn’t have even got it… They will *not* express remorse for at least another generation… I am… I am positive, Tracy… Listen, I’ve been all over this with your psychologist. It is not a trick… Well, I’ll tell you. We’d like to give your spiritual staff a complete run-down on the hangups, the narratives, and the ego defense systems of the police culture… Yes! I mean i-i-i-if we’re unable to instill remorse, then… I’d say that, ah… well, ah… we’re just gonna have to help you forgive them, Tracy… I know they’re our vigilantes… All right, well listen now. Who should we call?… *Who* should we call, Tracy? The… wha-whe, the People… you, sorry, you faded away there… The People’s Central Spiritual Epiphany Headquarters… Where is that, Tracy?… In the Noosphere… Right… Yes… Oh, you’ll call them first, will you?… Uh-huh… Listen, do you happen to have the phone number on you, Tracy?… Whe-ah, what? I see, just ask for Noosphere Information… Ah-ah-eh-uhm-hm… I’m sorry, too, Tracy… I’m very sorry… *All right*, you’re sorrier than I am, but I am as sorry as well… I am as sorry as you are, Tracy! Don’t say that you’re more sorry than I am, because I’m capable of being just as sorry as you are… So we’re both sorry, all right?… All right.

    • Crazy

      sicko

  • Lstod

    I’m sure some white guy was killed by some black guy the same day .  Why is this story so much more important?  Why do we have to be so bombarded with this story when there is so much more going on in the world that  has real relevance?

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