No Federal Civil Right Violation Charges Against George Zimmerman
Hat tip to Butterflydreamer2.
Zimmerman’s attorney, Don West, said that he hopes the decision will mark the start of a new chapter in George Zimmerman’s life.
Trayvon’s parents said they are disappointed but thanked the Justice Department for their investigation.
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder stated that the investigation concluded that circumstances of the case did not meet the high standard required to prove a federal hate crime.
The timing raises suspicion of the investigation and result. The federal grand jury met last year and their session ended in December. Had the federal grand jury not returned an indictment, the DOJ should have announced that much sooner than now. Zimmerman did have an attorney; Don West, who is a federal criminal defense attorney. Apparently, Zimmerman was anticipating an indictment. The question is, did the federal grand jury return an indictment, but the DOJ decide that in spite of that, they will not prosecute?
The “new chapter” in Zimmerman’s life cannot be different that his life experiences before and after February 26, 2012. As soon as Zimmerman left the police station after killing Trayvon, he abandoned his home. It was later learned that on February 26, 2012, Zimmerman was two months behind on paying his rent as well as credit card and vehicle payments.
Zimmerman did not continue his employment either. Having told his employer that he was mugged, his employer required a police report and a doctor’s release that he could return to work. Zimmerman got a note from a physician’s assistant, but whether he obtained a police report is questionable. It was revealed at his trial that he took FMLA from work and did not return. Zimmerman has been unemployed since February 2012.
After receiving donations for a legal defense fund, Zimmerman instructed his wife Shellie on transferring those funds and paying off debts that occurred prior to February 26, 2012. At his bond hearing, Shellie misrepresented her knowledge of the money. She was charged with perjury. In a subsequent decision revoking Zimmerman’s bond, the judge wrote that Zimmerman sat like a potted palm and if not but for the GPS ankle bracelet, would have left the country with a passport he lied about, and other people’s money.
Since his acquittal, Zimmerman attempted to arrange a celebrity boxing match that did not take place. Zimmerman traced photos, painted them, and attempted to sell them, resulting in a threatened lawsuit for one such painting.
Then there have been his encounters with law enforcement since his acquittal, starting with traffic stops; domestic violence allegations involving Shellie Zimmerman, her dad, then a girlfriend. That was followed by Zimmerman being found in the back of a store and saying he was working security. The man who owned the store was running for local political office, and told the press that he never approved for Zimmerman to provide security for his store. He lost the election.
Zimmerman was also accused of stalking and threatening a man, who didn’t want to file charges and bring attention to himself. Most recently, Zimmerman was arrested again for domestic violence and like the previous case, the woman recanted.
The story has not ended, because George Zimmerman is known not only for his actions on February 26, 2012, but because of those actions, his life prior to that rainy night and thereafter. He brought a spotlight on himself that does not dim. By his own words, he wears a bullet proof vest and looks over his shoulder whenever he leaves the house.
Meanwhile, Trayvon Martin’s legacy has led to many positive things. His parents work to provide support to the families of other victims, and have made financial contributions to scholarships in Trayvon’s name. Sybrina has spoken and been invited to speak before various organizations.
Once again, reality hits that man is incapable of writing and implementing laws that provide liberty and justice for all.
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No justice, no trust.
Posted on 02/24/2015, in Conceal Carry & SYG, Department of Justice, Justice For Trayvon, Trials & Cases and tagged Eric Holder, federal charges, George Zimmerman, Trayvon Martin. Bookmark the permalink. 64 Comments.