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The Miami Herald examines how easy or difficult it would be to nail George Zimmerman on a hate crime charge. Here is what a federal criminal defense attorney in Miami said: "I find it doubtful that the attorney general will pursue a prosecution on a civil rights theory simply out of displeasure with the state jury's verdict,"

Source: Miami Herald, "Federal case against Zimmerman would be difficult"

Tamara Rice Lave, a professor of criminal law at the University of Miami, tells “Technically, there can still be a civil case...However, ‘Stand Your Ground’ is going to preclude that.”

Source:, "Civil Case Against Zimmerman In Florida Has Little Chance Of Success".

Frederick Leatherman, attorney, seems confident that a hate crime charge will go well against Zimmerman. The problem is that Leatherman's credibility took a hit when he disagreed with Dan Abrams of ABC News on Abrams' opinion that the jury would acquit Zimmerman of both 2nd degree murder and manslaughter. Leatherman is therefore not a very good analyst.

Source: Frederick Leatherman's post telling readers how wrong Dan Abrams was to believe the jury would do what they did. Link

In conclusion, the expert opinion so far seems to indicate that one of the two following outcomes will be true:

1) Zimmerman won't be prosecuted, or
2) Zimmerman will be prosecuted unsuccessfully.

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  •  How about the Sanford Police Department who (1+ / 0-)
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    refused to arrest Zimmerman?

    How about the Sanford Prosecutors Office who refused to prosecute Zimmerman?

    How about the CCW permit issuers who gave Zimmerman a gun in spite of domestic violence?

  •  Approaching zero? (1+ / 0-)
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    What are the odds of a successful hate crimes conviction? I am sorry to say but I suspect it approaches zero. million to one, however you want to phrase it.

    Congress defined a hate crime as a “criminal offense against a person or property motivated in whole or in part by an offender’s bias against a race, religion, disability, ethnic origin or sexual orientation.”

    That is a very high burden of proof hurdle, given the result of his criminal prosecution, I am not confident anyone could achieve.

    A wrongful death civil action might stand a much better chance, but not anything under the hate crime statutes I fear.

    Honesty may be the best policy, but it's important to remember that apparently, by elimination, dishonesty is the second-best policy.

    by fauxrs on Mon Jul 15, 2013 at 12:02:28 PM PDT

  •  Unfortunately, (1+ / 0-)
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    In this case, the only thing that will work is infinite patience.  GZ will fuck up again and what goes around really DOES come around. Just like OJ, George can't help himself.  One shooting, he gets a pass.  Two?  No.  His schtick will not work on anybody the next time.

    So, tick tock, George.  Time is not your friend.

    •  i found myself thinking that too (0+ / 0-)

      karma is a bitch.

      God don't like ugly.

      what goes around comes around.


      GZ has been emboldened now.

      the next time he acts out, he will not get away with it

      Politics is like driving. To go backward put it in R. To go forward put it in D.
      Drop by The Grieving Room on Monday nights for support in dealing with grief.

      by TrueBlueMajority on Tue Jul 16, 2013 at 07:47:16 AM PDT

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  •  It's highly unlikely the DoJ will indict GZ (1+ / 0-)
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    Here is a quote from a CNN story that is a good summation of why the DoJ will not prosecute.

    "Because Zimmerman is a private citizen, he can only be charged with a hate crime in terms of civil rights violations under federal law, said David Weinstein, a former federal prosecutor in Florida who now is in private practice.

    To successfully prosecute Zimmerman, the Department of Justice would have to show that Zimmerman "caused the death of Trayvon Martin solely motivated by/because of his race or color," Weinstein told CNN in an e-mail, adding: "This element was absent from the state trial and quite frankly doesn't exist."

    "let's talk about that"

    by VClib on Mon Jul 15, 2013 at 05:47:04 PM PDT

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