All morning long on the Sunday talkies they were ginning up support for the Justus Department going after Zimmerman — but they won’t file diddly squat because they don’t want to be the federal equivalent of Angela Corey and what will now happen to her.
They have no case. They can’t win. The FBI already found no evidence of racism. And this jury verdict found no evidence of “hate” in their acquittal — the necessary element of a federal “hate crime”.
Their biggest challenge would be finding a jury to convict the guy. I suspect the unanimous “not guilty on all counts” verdict — and after only 16 hours of deliberation — is a pretty good indication of public sentiment in this case. They’d have a hard time getting even 2-3 jurors to convict Zimmerman in a Federal civil rights case, let alone 12.
Don Abrams on Twitter:
DOJ statement on #zimmerman is political cover. There’s no way they’re going to charge him. Legal hurdles would be even higher.
4:25 PM - 14 Jul 2013
It seems to me, too, that in order to commit a hate crime, you have to commit a crime. They'll have a tough time convincing a reasonable jury of that ... supposing the jury to be reasonable.
They have no case. They cant win.