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    Obama Administration Considering Fed Prosecution if Zimmerman Acquitted – Double Jeop

    Obama Administration Considering Fed Prosecution if Zimmerman Acquitted – Double Jeopardy

    By Debbie Schlussel

    Even if George Zimmerman is acquitted of killing Trayvon Martin, he’s not off the hook. The Obama Administration might prosecute him in federal court.
    Today, the George Zimmerman case will probably go to a Florida jury. But, even if he is acquitted, George Zimmerman may face federal charges. Because in America–while we think you can’t be charged for the same crime twice–there really is double jeopardy, in the form of federal charges. And if you think Barack Obama–who said if he had a son, he would look like Trayvon Martin–hasn’t instructed his Justice Department to consider it, think again.
    The other day, reader David Makowsky asked me about this and whether I thought that Eric Holder would go after Zimmerman on federal charges. It’s certainly possible. They could go after him for the nebulous, baloney “crime” of “violating Trayvon Martin’s civil rights.” There is a lot of unfortunate precedent for this.

    As I’ve noted on this site, that’s what happened, after April 29, 1992, when four police officers were acquitted by a Simi Valley, California jury in the beating of repeat convicted felon Rodney King, who resisted arrest. Then-President George H.W. Bush, upset over the race riots in South Central Los Angeles, spurred by the verdict, decided to give into the rioters, just like a Stockholm Syndrome afflicted hostage gives into and sympathizes with his captors. And the police officers, already acquitted by a jury of their peers, faced federal charges. Two of the four police officers, Stacey Koon and Laurence Powell, were convicted and sentenced to 30 months in prison.

    And it’s not the first time this kind of thing happened. There’s also the Vincent Chin case.

    On June 23, 1982, two drunk men, one of them a supervisor at an auto plant (and the other his stepson), spotted Chin at a Detroit strip club, Fancy Pants. They mistook him for Japanese (as his surname indicates, he was Chinese), and held him responsible for American autoworkers losing their jobs, as the flood of cheap Japanese cars that came into America in the early ’80s led to a big down period in the American auto industry. And they beat Chin to death, after he left the strip club, and they paid someone to find him. The two men, Ronald Ebens and stepson Michael Nitz, were charged with second degree murder but convicted of manslaughter, pursuant to a plea deal. They were sentenced to three years of probation and served no jail time.
    But after outrage by the Asian American community, the Reagan Administration pursued federal charges against the two men through the Justice Department. Both were charged with violating Chin’s civil rights. Nitz was acquitted, but Ebens was found guilty and sentenced to 25 years in prison. That conviction and sentence were overturned after the Court of Appeals found that Reagan Justice Department officials improperly coached a witness. When Ebens was retried in Ohio, he was acquitted.

    I’m not saying I believe Ebens and Nitz were innocent. While I do not know all the facts of the case, I remember that it sure sounded to me (from the liberal media which controlled all news in those days) like they were guilty and should have been convicted and sentenced to prison time. But they went through the legal system and the court process, and it’s wrong to try people twice for a crime for which they’ve already been tried, just because we don’t like the result.

    That’s the real double jeopardy in America.

    Double jeopardy is a misunderstood concept in America. It only means you can’t be tried twice for the same crime in the same court. In fact, liberal Justice Department officials–and the American Presidents who direct them–often make sure that Americans are repeatedly charged for crimes of which they’ve already been acquitted, by charging them with new “crimes” for the same crime, such as “violating” the alleged victim’s civil rights.

    Yes, there isn’t just one bite at the apple–or at George Zimmerman–for left-wing race-baiters who want his hide. If he’s acquitted by the jurors in this local trial, Barack Obama and Eric Holder can swoop in and make his life hell yet again for defending himself against Trayvon Martin.

    And if you don’t think they are considering it, think again. They are.
    Will they do it? I’m not sure they would risk the outrage of half the country on this.
    But they’ve done far worse.

    Note, by the way, that no President ever sent his Justice Department to go after O.J. Simpson or Casey Anthony. They just don’t see any race-baiting value there.
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    I certainly hope that this does not happen. I think he has suffered enough already. Maybe he can sue the media for defamation of charecter and liable slander and then take the money and retire to some non-racist country (if one still exists).
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    I don't think the court would find a civil rights violation occurred considering a jury has already found that Martin was responsible for his own death.
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    The local CBS affiliate reported that the whitehouse announced that the doj would not pursue charges - fwiw, considering that it IS the whitehouse and the MSM...
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    While I agree that what the DOJ may attempt is nothing less than political persecution, it's not double jeopardy when it's not the same charge(s).


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    I think that this kind of case needs to have just one slice at the apple. Either the Feds get it or the state gets it. Never both. If it goes thru the state courts, it always can be appealed to the Feds on procedures. If the Feds want the case, they have to take it from the start. Otherwise it IS double jeopardy.
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    From what I understand, the DOJ usually does Civil Rights Violation investigations on organizations such as a law enforcement agency and what not. Going after an individual because they didn't get the verdict they wanted from the state level is a clear case of political persecution based on race. I think we basically agree, just choose to use different terminology. I always thought Double Jeopardy was being charged and prosecuted under the same charge after being acquitted the first time. I will agree that it amounts to the same thing and it is total BS that they are doing this. Especially after it was such a clear cut case and should have never been prosecuted to begin with.


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    Doesn't surprise me coming from this deceitful administration.
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    the leftists are having a tantrum because the outcome of the trial didn't go their way despite all the cheerleading from the crooked media and corrupt politicians and poverty pimps

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    Now why would anyone expect anything less from a Richard Potato's administration?

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