Justice Dept Says Zimmerman Case Under Review

3 years 2 months 2 weeks ago July 15, 2013 Jul 15, 2013 Monday, July 15 2013 Monday, July 15, 2013 7:30:39 AM CDT in News
By: The Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) - 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, in the government's words, "experienced federal prosecutors will determine whether the evidence reveals a prosecutable violation."

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