Still faces the possibility of civil, federal lawsuits
(Long Island, NY) The second-degree murder trial of Gerorge Zimmerman in the shooing death of Trayvon Martin on the evening of February 26, 2012 ended Saturday night when six female jurors, comprised of five whites and one minority, delivered a Not Guilty verdict on both charges of Second-Degree Murder and Manslaughter.
The verdict, delivered after sixteen hours of deliberations following the nearly three week-long trial, ignited a firestorm of protests from supporters of Martin, with people demonstrating both in the streets and online via social media sites such as Twitter and Facebook. However, the violent spells of looting and vandalism that were threatened in the days and week leading up the Not Guilty verdict, while they have occurred in various locations, have not been as widespread or destructive as first feared.
Martin’s parents have issued statements, calling for peaceful acceptance of the verdict, stating that while they are “heartbroken” by the outcome, they are happy that their son’s killer had his day in court.
However, while Zimmerman has cleared this legal hurdle, it’s likely that he won’t be returning to his normal life anytime soon; while the Stand Your Ground/Castle Doctrine laws in many states eliminate the ability of anyone to sue the “victim” in civil court if the homicide is deemed justifiable, apparently this is not the case in Florida; Zimmerman still faces the possibility of being sued by the Martin family, who have not yet issued a statement regarding their intentions either way on the matter.
Even though I am broken hearted my faith is unshattered I WILL ALWAYS LOVE MY BABY TRAY
In addition, the NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) is pressuring the Justice Department to open a civil rights case against Zimmerman, which, if sufficient evidence is found, would try him on charges of having violated Martin’s civil rights by having “racially profiled” him. The Justice Department, in response to the public outcry over the Zimmerman verdict, is currently looking into the possibility of such prosecution if the evidence suggests that he purposefully targeted and killed Martin because he was black.
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