Via The Hill:
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder on Monday said the Justice Department has not decided whether to file federal civil rights charges against George Zimmerman in the 2012 killing of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.
“I’m not sure exactly how much longer that will take, but we will get to a point where we are able to make a determination,” he told reporters at an unrelated news conference at the agency’s headquarters.
Holder, during an April speech to Al Sharpton’s National Action Network, pledged to “take appropriate action” if the agency finds evidence of a potential federal civil rights crime in the Zimmerman case.
However, he has since cautioned that the Justice Department faces a “very high barrier” in pursuing federal criminal charges in such cases.
On Monday, he noted that the courts had already weighed in Zimmerman’s case.
“The case of George Zimmerman — and what happens there — I think a substantial part was resolved in the case that was tried,” Holder said.
If Holder and company haven’t found the evidence at this point to be able to build a credible federal case against Zimmerman, they aren’t going to. It would have to center around possible “hate crime” offenses, and as of the date of the trial earlier this year, the DOJ had found no evidence that what happened was motivated by hate. How much longer will they delay the inevitable announcement that there will be no federal trial against Zimmerman?
As they say, stay tuned.