Justice Dept: Zimmerman Case Under Review

SANFORD, FL - JULY 12: Beezy Dinkins demonstrates outside the Seminole County Criminal Justice Center where today jurors began deliberating in the trial of neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman on July 12, 2013 in Sanford, Florida. Zimmerman is on trial for the February 2012 shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.  (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Justice Dept: Zimmerman Case Under Review

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.

Published July 14, 2013

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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Written by Associated Press

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