Feds would have to prove the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin was unjustified and racially motivated
Former U.S. Attorney Harry Rosenberg says he agrees with legal experts that it won't be easy for the Department of Justice (DOJ) to mount a federal civil rights case against George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch volunteer who was acquitted Saturday in the shooting death of unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin.
Rosenberg tells 99.5FM DOJ would have to show that "not only was the attack unjustified, but that Mr. Zimmerman intentionally deprived Trayvon Martin of his civil rights."
The Justice Department says it's reviewing evidence in the case to determine whether criminal civil rights charges are warranted.
Rosenberg says it would be an unusual move for the feds to prosecute a case after there's been a full trial and a verdict.
"The question really is gonna be whether the Department of Justice is gonna go forward after virtually every state court proceeding and second guess a jury that considered virtually the same evidence," Rosenberg said.