Zimmerman Case May have a Future
While the jury acquitted George Zimmerman, he might still face further prosecution. The United States Justice Department has announced that it has begun an investigation of the incident, and may pursue a civil rights action against Zimmerman. This action would require that intentional racism created the basis of Zimmerman’s actions.
This federal action will require evidence that Zimmerman acted with a culpable intent in his actions. “Unconscious racism” will not be sufficient to meet the burden in this case.
In addition to federal prosecution, the family of Trayvon Martin may file a civil action against Zimmerman. While he may be free from legal proceedings briefly, Zimmerman could be returning to court in the near future.
Lance D. Youd is an attorney in Salem, Oregon.