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The Justice Department Should Leave Zimmerman Alone
Townhall.com ^ | July 17, 2013 | Bob Barr

Posted on 07/17/2013 10:31:22 AM PDT by Kaslin

They’re at it again. The U.S. Department of Justice is getting set to meddle in a local criminal matter.

The office of the Attorney General of the United States was created in 1789, but it was not until nearly one century later, in 1870, that the federal Department of Justice was formally established. In the decades since, as the federal government has grown from one of limited and focused powers, to a leviathan reaching into virtually every aspect of our lives and businesses, the Justice Department has increased in size, scope and power accordingly.

Much of the work in which the Department of Justice is engaged is important to securing the Liberty guaranteed all of us in and by our Constitution. However, when federal authorities force themselves into judicial matters that clearly are the responsibility of local or state governments, then it has overstepped its bounds, and seriously eroded the principle of federalism under-girding our structure of governance.

We all recall the Rodney King incident and trials in Los Angeles in the 1990s. There, a local jury, after a fair trial, acquitted the police officers accused of unlawfully beating King. Dissatisfied with that result, the federal government then stepped in and brought a massive, civil rights case against the officers. They are about to do it again.

What has gotten the Department of Justice riled up this time is a case with absolutely no federal connection whatsoever – the Trayvon Martin-George Zimmerman prosecution. Once again, the feds appear upset that a local jury failed to reach the conclusion desired by Washington. Last week, following a three-week long trial almost universally considered thorough and fair, a local Florida jury acquitted Zimmerman of murder or manslaughter in the shooting death of Martin. No sooner had the jury’s verdict been announced, than Administration officials in Washington, including Attorney General Eric Holder, began talking of a possible federal civil rights prosecution of Zimmerman.

The Feds should keep their nose out of this case, which in no sense of the term involves a “federal interest,” any more than any one of the thousands of criminal acts occurring daily across the country should claim the focus of the federal government.

Still, the Obama Administration cannot resist the urge to meddle. Its interest in Zimmerman began almost as soon as the incident occurred. In March 2012, for example, the Justice Department opened an investigation of the shooting, just days after the NAACP sent a letter to Holder calling for Zimmerman’s arrest. Although Holder wisely deferred to Florida prosecutors to handle the criminal case against Zimmerman, his Department offered federal resources to support anti-Zimmerman protests, to documents recently obtained by the public interest organization, Judicial Watch. This interference is an obvious conflict of interest to any supposedly unbiased, independent investigation.

Now that the state prosecution failed to prove Zimmerman guilty, the federal department once again is targeting an acquitted man for potential federal prosecution.

Neither President Obama, nor Attorney General Holder, may like or support self-defense laws such as Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” statute. And, they may disagree strongly with the local jury’s decision to acquit Zimmerman – that is their prerogative. But, neither of these positions provide an appropriate basis on which to invoke the vast power of the federal government in effect to overturn the actions of either the Florida legislature, which passed the Stand Your Ground law, or of the properly-constituted jury, which heard the cases for and against Zimmerman and acquitted him.

If the Department of Justice moves forward with a case against Zimmerman under the circumstance here, then the precedent will have been set for the federal government to use its power to override decisions of local prosecutors, judges and juries in virtually any criminal case imaginable, anywhere in the country, at any time.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial; Government
KEYWORDS: bhodoj; bobbarr; doj; ericholder; federalgovernment; georgezimmerman; justice; justicedepartment; statesrights; zimmerman

1 posted on 07/17/2013 10:31:22 AM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

Maybe Bob Barr should leave marriage alone.


2 posted on 07/17/2013 10:32:55 AM PDT by fwdude ( You cannot compromise with that which you must defeat.)
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To: Kaslin

Zimmerman was “involved” in the 2010 beating of a black man.......

Just sayin....

He put up flyers protesting that the police beat a black man in 2010.....


3 posted on 07/17/2013 10:34:28 AM PDT by GraceG
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To: Kaslin

They can’t leave this alone. They need to get out the vote.


4 posted on 07/17/2013 10:36:22 AM PDT by jessduntno ("If you give listeners a choice between NPR and NPR, they’ll pick NPR every time." - Howie Carr)
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To: Kaslin
They should. They won't. They CAN'T.
5 posted on 07/17/2013 10:36:23 AM PDT by null and void (Republicans create the tools of oppression, and the democrats gleefully use them!)
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To: Kaslin
Last week, following a three-week long trial almost universally considered thorough and fair,...

That was most assuredly the least fair trial I have ever witnessed. The defense had a massive uphill battle overcoming the bias of the judge in favor of the prosecution. The fact that Zimmerman won anyway speaks volumes about the lack of a case made by the prosecution, but in no way made the trial "fair."

6 posted on 07/17/2013 10:39:03 AM PDT by The_Victor (If all I want is a warm feeling, I should just wet my pants.)
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To: Kaslin

Saw Don West and Mark Omara on hannity a couple of nights ago, they seem to think it;ll never happen having said that, knowing this barrel of snakes that work for obama, they’ll manufacture something.


7 posted on 07/17/2013 10:39:19 AM PDT by V_TWIN
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To: Kaslin

The three ring circus in the White House does whatever it wants to do to advance its agenda. Defending a dead street punk fits its agenda - case closed.


8 posted on 07/17/2013 10:39:40 AM PDT by AngelesCrestHighway
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To: Kaslin

Consider the efforts to prosecute Zimmerman, vis-a-vis the efforts to prosecute the IRS for their abuses of the American people for political purposes, or the EPA abuses of property rights, or the voter intimidation cases.

Where your treasure is, so there is your heart also.

Crowd sourcing Zimmerman, while censor-sourcing the IRS scandals, and Ben Ghazi.

We have fallen so far.


9 posted on 07/17/2013 10:40:33 AM PDT by LachlanMinnesota
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To: Kaslin
The office of the Attorney General of the United States was created in 1789, but it was not until nearly one century later, in 1870, that the federal Department of Justice was formally established.

That's a little misleading.

The DOJ was created in 1870, but what really happened is that the supervision of US Attorneys was shifted from the Department of the Interior to the US AG's office.

The Marshals service used to be part of Treasury and is now part of Justice.

Basically this was a reshuffling of executive organization, not a new idea.

10 posted on 07/17/2013 10:41:12 AM PDT by wideawake
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To: Kaslin

This administration is above the law.


11 posted on 07/17/2013 10:42:06 AM PDT by ozzymandus
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To: Kaslin
Just like Snowden had to flee the country for his safety, Zimmerman too will have to run for his life. America is a dangerous place!

I like George Zimmerman. I want him in my neighborhood. It's paranoid, out of control people like Jeantel, Treyvon, Obama, Holder, and the NSA who make me feel unsafe.

12 posted on 07/17/2013 10:42:16 AM PDT by conservativeimage.com (I Won't Go Underground http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wema3CNqzvg)
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To: ozzymandus

That’s why it’s a regime, versus an administration.


13 posted on 07/17/2013 10:46:08 AM PDT by ErnBatavia (Piffle....)
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To: The_Victor

Actually the witnesses for the prosecution benefited the defense.


14 posted on 07/17/2013 10:54:45 AM PDT by Kaslin (He needed the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them. Now we all have to pay the consequenses)
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To: fwdude
Maybe Bob Barr should leave marriage alone.

What does this have to do with the article? The subject is the Zimmerman trial and aquital

15 posted on 07/17/2013 10:58:21 AM PDT by Kaslin (He needed the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them. Now we all have to pay the consequenses)
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To: Kaslin; All

Going after Zimmerman is just Black Ku Klux Klan racism.

The Black Ku Klux Klan just had their rally in Orlando....and looking to lynch someone.....while taking away White folks rights to self defense and gun ownership


16 posted on 07/17/2013 11:00:07 AM PDT by SeminoleCounty (Take a Stand, Take a Stand, Take a Stand Against The Black Ku Klux Klan)
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To: Kaslin

The source is relevant. Barr is a terminal RINO.


17 posted on 07/17/2013 11:00:33 AM PDT by fwdude ( You cannot compromise with that which you must defeat.)
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To: Kaslin

Martin Luther King being used as an icon for liberal fascism!

You can hear the retching and puking from his grave.


18 posted on 07/17/2013 11:01:20 AM PDT by Candor7 (Obama fascism article:(http://www.americanthinker.com/2009/05/barack_obama_the_quintessentia_1.html))
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To: Kaslin
And what does the charming Rachel Jenteal think about all this?


19 posted on 07/17/2013 11:03:11 AM PDT by Gamecock (Member: NAACAC)
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To: Kaslin

Zimmerman should sue Obama and Holder for every dime they have and ever will have.


20 posted on 07/17/2013 11:16:47 AM PDT by SCHROLL
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To: fwdude

The source is irrelevant? Do you know what source means? There is a difference between source and topic.. The article is not about Bob Barr, but Holder and the DOJ. If you can’t stick to the topic then keep your thoughts to your self. Thankyouverymuch


21 posted on 07/17/2013 11:22:49 AM PDT by Kaslin (He needed the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them. Now we all have to pay the consequenses)
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To: SCHROLL

I agree


22 posted on 07/17/2013 11:24:16 AM PDT by Kaslin (He needed the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them. Now we all have to pay the consequenses)
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To: Kaslin

Would you listen to an immigration speech by Lindsey Graham? Of COURSE the source is relevant! It goes directly to character, and Bob Barr has shown that he has none.


23 posted on 07/17/2013 11:47:28 AM PDT by fwdude ( You cannot compromise with that which you must defeat.)
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To: fwdude
One more time

STICK TO THE TOPIC OR SHUT UP.

Bob Barr is not the the subject of the article!!!!! Neither is Lindsay Graham or immigration

24 posted on 07/17/2013 12:01:17 PM PDT by Kaslin (He needed the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them. Now we all have to pay the consequenses)
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To: Kaslin
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25 posted on 07/17/2013 12:42:08 PM PDT by baddog 219
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