AG Holder: DOJ not giving up on potential federal case against George Zimmerman

Not Guilty

A Florida jury said ”not guilty” –
but DOJ AG Eric Holder may have other plans.

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.

#GZtrial: Zimmerman to ask state of Florida to take care of up to $300k in legal bills

Via the Orlando Sentinel (hat tip):

George Zimmerman, the Neighborhood Watch volunteer who killed Trayvon Martin, plans to ask the state of Florida to cover $200,000 to $300,000 of his legal expenses, his attorney told the Orlando Sentinel Monday evening.

Because Zimmerman was acquitted, state law requires Florida to pay all his legal costs, minus the biggest one: the fee that goes to his lawyers.

That includes the cost of expert witnesses, travel, depositions, photocopies, even that animated 3-D video that defense attorneys showed jurors during closing argument that depicts Trayvon punching Zimmerman.

Defense attorney Mark O’Mara said Monday that he would soon prepare a motion, asking Circuit Judge Debra S. Nelson to authorize the payments.

That motion, he said, “is in the works.”

His office is still collecting numbers, he said, but he estimated the request would total $200,000 to $300,000.

That would be on top of the estimated $902,000 that public agencies already have spent on Zimmerman’s five-week second-degree murder trial that ended July 13.


For months leading up to the trial, Zimmerman lived in hiding, had no job and lived off donations to his legal defense fund. At one point, he tried to solicit donations by promising each donor a handwritten, signed thank-you note.

Several times in the months leading up to the trial, O’Mara said that defense funds were so low he might be forced to ask the judge to declare Zimmerman indigent, and thus, require the state to pay his legal bills. But that never happened.

This upcoming motion, however, would have the same effect.

It would be based on Florida Statute 939.06, which states that a defendant who has been acquitted is not liable for any costs associated with his case and, if he or she paid anything, they would be due a refund, if approved by a judge or clerk.

The money would come from the Judicial Administrative Commission, the state agency that pays the non-lawyer legal expenses of indigent defendants.

I hope the state of Florida has to pony up every single penny Mr. Zimmerman – via his attorneys –  requests. And then some.


Related – via The Shark Tank: Media Bias Alert- George Zimmerman Targeted for Visiting Gun Factory

Not Guilty

Pay up, Florida.

Props to @DonLemonCNN regarding his contributions to the national convo on race

Keep calmIn the days and weeks following the verdict in the George Zimmerman trial, many pundits, politicos, and average Joe and Jane Americans were calling for the national dialogue on race we’ve needed to have for a long time but can’t thanks to lifetime race hustlers like Rev. Al Sharpton, Rev. Jesse Jackson, and their race-baiting  fellow Democrats in local, state, and national political office who have a vested interest in keeping the racial pot stirred in their favor.   This has been tried before – after the OJ verdict, after the Cambridge police “acted stupidly” incident (remember the “Beer Summit”?), and many other times where issues that seemingly  have a racial angle are advanced onto the national stage. And each time, the national conversation withers thanks to the Usual Suspects who have been allowed for decades to discount voices they find “insufficiently sympathetic” to the black community. Translation: If you’re not prone to bowing down to the conventional wisdom/accepted ‘facts’ about the black community as expressed by the Reverends and other hypocritical race pimps – that all of the problems in the black community are the fault of white oppression – then you are a racist, a denier, and if you are black, you’re an “Uncle Tom.”

One of the more prominent voices to respond to the varying calls for a “national dialogue” on race after the Zimmerman verdict was Fox News’ evening talkster Bill O’Reilly, who in late July served up some politically incorrect truths about black crime and culture.  In response, the  typical “raaaacist!!” chants kicked into high gear, because Bill  O. is a white conservative, you see, and we’re part of the “excluded class” who aren’t allowed to have a voice at this table on this issue because we’re all allegedly seething racists or whatever.  Someone who didn’t condemn Bill O., however, was CNN anchor Don Lemon, who provided commentary of his own on the matter, and who stated O’Reilly “didn’t go far enough” to address the issue.

In response to Lemon’s – who is black – candid remarks on the subject, a barrage of vile hate swung in his direction, mostly from the black community  – including self-important twits like  pundits Goldie Taylor, Toure, and others.   As we’ve seen all too often before, when a black person (liberal or conservative) dares to agree with a white conservative to any significant degree on sensitive matters involving race, they, too, are shoved into a corner, with their opinions disregarded as “Uncle Tom-ish” and the like.  Lemon, undeterred, continued on with his stance in spite of the predictable opposition to what he said, which drew the attention of race pimp and rap mogul Russell Simmons, who smeared Lemon in a both an open letter and Twitter rant.  In one of his tweets, Simmons called Lemon a “slave” (Simmons later took it back).

Lemon, in turn, responded to Simmons and other critics over the weekend, taking the high road where Simmons and others would not.   The video of Lemon’s remarks is below. It’s about five minutes, but well-worth watching:

Here are some excerpts of Lemon’s comments (via the RCP link above – bolded emphasis added by me):

You [Simmons] also write, I can’t accept that you would single out black teenagers as the cause of their own demise because they don’t speak the King’s English or where belts around their waist bands.

That really makes me question whether you even watch the segment or even wrote the letter yourself because I never blamed anyone for their own demise. I never pinned it on any teenagers, on anybody. Nor did I mention the King’s English. I did, however, mention the “n” word.

You also wrote, young people sagging their pants today is no different than young people rocking afros or platform shoes in the ’60s and ’70s.

Russell, afros came out of the struggle of the after American civil rights movement. The dashiki is a traditional form of African dress.

Sagging, Russell, the hip hop community which you helped established, dropped the G on the word so that spelled backwards the word reads n- i-g-g-a-s. It came from Riker’s island in New York, one of the largest attention centers in the U.S. It was originally called wearing your pants Riker’s style.

When you went in you turned in your belt, your shoe laces, and the only shirt the jail provided was a white double XXL-shirt. Are you equating dressing like a criminal to African pride? Are you saying it is OK to perpetuate the negative stereotype of young, black men as convicts, criminals, prisoners? How does that enhance their lives or society as a whole?

I do give you, Russell Simmons, and some of the hip hop and rap community credit for trying to clean up your act. Some like J. Cole and Kanye West are now rapping about social issues like the prison industrial complex. More of that, please. We welcome that. Everyone does. But you’re not off the hook.

Amen. Make sure to read the whole thing, and if you’re on Twitter, please show support to Don Lemon by tweeting to him to keep strong through all this. Most public figures who call for a national dialogue on race are usually posturing and don’t really mean it. It’s clear Lemon does, and he deserves our encouragement to stand firm in the face of much dirt and mud being flung in his direction by people whose livelihoods depend on maintaining our current racial divisions. And we, too, can add to the discussion by not only offering constructive debate, suggestions, and criticisms, but also by LISTENING and REACHING OUT.  We should do this – MUST do this – in spite of the naysayers who demand we, along with Don Lemon, sit down and shut up while they continue to profit from the suffering in poorer black communities.

Stand. And be heard!

CNN's Don Lemon

I stand with Don.

This Happened: Huffington Post magazine cover photoshops a hoodie onto MLK

The popular far left website has a print edition as well, and this is this week’s cover:

Huffington Post

This week’s print edition of the Huffington Post.

From the site:

In this week’s issue, against the backdrop of the Trayvon Martin case, the decision weakening the Voting Rights Act, and Detroit’s bankruptcy, Howard Fineman looks at how far we still are from true equality for African-Americans.

We hear from many leaders in the black community, including Maryland Congressman Elijah Cummings, who, as Howard puts it, “has lived and seen the best — and the worst — of what this country means, offers and does to a black man.” Rep. Cummings takes us from his experiences of childhood racism in South Baltimore all the way to his mother’s recent encounter with the first black president (“She called him ‘son’!”). It’s a story that reflects just how far America has come, but also how far we have to go.

Fifty years after Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. stood on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial and declared that African-Americans were “still not free,” Howard cites devastating statistics on everything from healthcare and education to poverty and incarceration rates. As Rev. Jesse Jackson puts it, “We have LeBron. We have Jay Z. We have Barack Obama. But that is not a random sample. What matters is the undercurrent, and it’s pulling our people down.”

Asked what Dr. King would think if he were alive today, Rev. Jackson postulates, “he would say that we are freer but less equal.”

Don’t you love the race-baiting from the Huffington Post? The ruling on Voter ID was a “setback” for black people, they insinuate, even though the part of the law struck down will not impact one iota the right of ANY American to vote.  And George Zimmerman not being found guilty of “murdering” Trayvon Martin was another, even though ALL evidence pointed to Zimmerman’s claim of self defense.  Detroit’s bankruptcy declaration? Forget blaming big government and the cycle of dependency that disproportionately affects the black community.

The icing on top of the cake, besides the deliberately inflammatory hoodie photo, is having the one of the kings of race-baiting in America – the  Rev. Jesse “Hymietown” Jackson – quoted as an authority on what Dr. King would say if he were alive today.  I personally believe that if King were alive today that the likes of Jackson and Sharpton would  deeply embarrass him, but I’m probably not supposed to say that because I’m white.

In any event, yes we still have a ways to go to get beyond racism in America.  Some of that is indeed due to lingering racism from some whites towards blacks, and vice versa, but the primary reason we can’t move forward in this issue is because race-hustlers like Jackson and Sharpton and their enablers like the President himself and his Attorney General don’t want us to move forward.  Having honest and frank discussions about race in this country, talking about how liberal “Great Society” programs  have had a disastrous long-lasting effects on what was once a thriving black community, the ongoing negative impact of the 60s feminist movement’s push to make fathers irrelevant in a child’s life, and how race pimps like the Reverends – among others – do more harm than good with their outrageous rhetoric, is not something elitist liberals want to talk about.  Because once we do, and more people start to see the light, the less number of people will view themselves as “victims” in need of government “help”, and then the Democrat party walls will come crashing down.

“Forward”? Nope, not on this issue. Not for liberals.   Shameful.

Hateful George Zimmerman helps rescue family of four from SUV crash

In case you haven’t heard:

George Zimmerman, who has not been seen publicly since his acquittal in the murder of Trayvon Martin earlier this month, surfaced last week to rescue an unidentified family trapped in an overturned vehicle on a Florida highway, police said Monday.

Sanford Police Department Capt. Jim McAuliffe told Fox News that Zimmerman, 29, was identified by a crash victim as the man who pulled him from the mangled vehicle.

“George Zimmerman pulled me out,” firefighters were told by the unidentified driver, according to McAuliffe.

The Seminole County Sheriff’s Office said the single-car accident occurred July 17 at approximately 5:45 pm. and involved a blue Ford Explorer SUV that had left the road and rolled over.

The sheriff’s office said there were four occupants inside — two parents and two children. There were no reports of injuries.

The deputy responding to the crash said that when he arrived, two men — one of whom was Zimmerman — had already gotten the family out of the overturned vehicle.

Zimmerman was not a witness to the crash and left after making contact with the deputy, the sheriff’s office said.

The crash occurred at the intersection of I-4 and Route 417 in Sanford, police said.

What an awful, uncaring human being he is.

In related news, black Democrat politicos, far left political groups, and even some self-important Hollywood leftists – all outraged over the verdict in the George Zimmerman case – are calling for a boycott of Florida over their Stand Your Ground laws … even though they weren’t used in his defense.  In this, we learn all we need to about the liberal mindset, seeing how they promote boycotting FL over a law that wasn’t even used at the trial. Fail.

George Zimmerman at trial

No longer on trial, but still a wanted man – by both the feds and lynch mob ”justice” types.

Update/Related: And the Zimmerman SUV-Rescue Truthers come out. Sigh.

The “corruption and irrelevance” of the civil rights establishment

**Posted by Phineas

There’s a great article by Shelby Steele in the Wall St. Journal on the decline and decay of the American civil rights movement, a fall made almost inevitable by its very success.  And, on the so-called leaders of today’s movement, Steele nails the real reasons they went after George Zimmerman: to pretend they’re still relevant and to keep their power over society.

The civil-rights leadership rallied to Trayvon’s cause (and not to the cause of those hundreds of black kids slain in America’s inner cities this very year) to keep alive a certain cultural “truth” that is the sole source of the leadership’s dwindling power. Put bluntly, this leadership rather easily tolerates black kids killing other black kids. But it cannot abide a white person (and Mr. Zimmerman, with his Hispanic background, was pushed into a white identity by the media over his objections) getting away with killing a black person without undermining the leadership’s very reason for being.

The purpose of today’s civil-rights establishment is not to seek justice, but to seek power for blacks in American life based on the presumption that they are still, in a thousand subtle ways, victimized by white racism. This idea of victimization is an example of what I call a “poetic truth.” Like poetic license, it bends the actual truth in order to put forward a larger and more essential truth—one that, of course, serves one’s cause. Poetic truths succeed by casting themselves as perfectly obvious: “America is a racist nation”; “the immigration debate is driven by racism”; “Zimmerman racially stereotyped Trayvon.” And we say, “Yes, of course,” lest we seem to be racist. Poetic truths work by moral intimidation, not reason.

If these “leaders” truly cared about the condition of Blacks in America more than they do about their next appearance in front of the cameras, they’d start doing something about the devastation of the Black family, in which, as Steele points out, 73% of all Black children are born without fathers married to their mothers.

But they don’t. They’re wedded to an outdated vision of America and the power exploiting that vision gives them.

PS: Steele expounds on this theme of the decay of the civil rights movement and the exploitation of victimization in his “White Guilt,” which I highly recommend.

(Crossposted at Public Secrets)

(Video) The lynching of George Zimmerman

**Posted by Phineas

In one of the best Afterburners in a while (1), Bill Whittle looks at the trial of George Zimmerman for killing Trayvon Martin and proclaims it nothing less than one of the great civil rights violations of our time — a violation of Zimmerman’s rights:

This information about Martin’s use of “Lean” and its side-effects (paranoia, physical aggressiveness) is new to me. That the judge barred the evidence is flabbergasting, as it bears directly on Martin’s state of mind that night. Remember, he had lost Zimmerman, got to his destination, and then went back to confront Zimmerman at his truck. And yet Martin using a drug that could lead to this kind of behavior wasn’t ruled admissible?

Along with “lynching,” let’s add “kangaroo court” and “show trial,” too. smiley angry

(1) Which, if you recall my liking of this series, is a pretty high bar.

(Crossposted at Public Secrets)

Wishful thinking: Imagining President Obama’s response to the #Gosnell verdict

Our celebrity President finally weighed in today on the “not guilty” verdict in the George Zimmerman trial and – as usual – had to make it about himself:

President Obama publicly and personally addressed the Trayvon Martin case for the first time since George Zimmerman was acquitted nearly a week ago, relating his own experiences to the “pain” the black community is feeling and going on to question so-called “stand-your-ground” laws.

The president delivered extensive remarks during a surprise appearance in the White House briefing room. He suggested race may have played a strong role in the case, saying that if a “white male teen” were involved, “both the outcome and the aftermath might have been different.”

He went far beyond his remarks a year ago in which he stirred controversy by saying if he had a son, he’d look like Martin.

“Another way of saying that is Trayvon Martin could have been me 35 years ago,” Obama said.

Sigh. Ignoring the fact that the Zimmerman case had nothing to do with SYG laws, and the fact that Zimmerman utilized his weapon lawfully upon being attacked, let’s all fantasize for five seconds what it would have been like had the President bothered to comment on the Gosnell verdict as well.  Now, I KNOW he would NEVER display the kind of boldness and leadership needed to be able to make these remarks in the face of his pro-choice cult-like followers, but – again – this is a fantasy, not reality.  My imagined response from BO:

“I could have been any one of those babies 51 years ago.” And/or: “We need to revisit abortion laws to determine whether or not our clinics are safe enough for women.” **

I know. Too much to ask, right? Especially from the most pro-abortion President in our nation’s history.  Sigh …

Planned Parenthood and Obama

Further proof of an America in decline. : (
(Photo via Jill Stanek)

** Note: I know abortion wasn’t legal in Hawaii at the time of Obama’s birth but my point was philosophical, not literal. :)

#gztrial: Obama-Holder DoJ scrapes the bottom of the “pathetic barrel”

**Posted by Phineas

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DoJ investigator

This is jaw-dropping. They can’t convict George Zimmerman in open court, their own FBI finds no evidence of racial animosity on Zimmerman’s part, so now they’re reduced to begging people to send them tips on bad things Zimmerman may have done?

The U.S. Department of Justice on Monday afternoon appealed to civil rights groups and community leaders, nationally and in Sanford, for help investigating whether a federal criminal case might be brought against George Zimmerman for the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, one advocate said.

The DOJ has also set up a public email address to take in tips on its civil rights investigation.

Barbara Arnwine, president and executive director the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law – who earlier in the day joined calls for federal civil rights charges against Zimmerman, said that later in the afternoon, she joined a U.S. Department of Justice conference call to discuss the prospects.

“They were calling on us to actively refer anyone who had any information,” that might build a case against Zimmerman for either a civil rights violation or a hate crime, Arnwine said. “They said they would very aggressively investigate this case.”

Arnwine said the call was convened at about 3:30 p.m. by Tom Perez, Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division of the United States Department of Justice, and included representatives from the FBI, and several federal prosecutors, she said. DOJ officials also said they would open a public email address so people could send in tips on the case.

That email address, which is now in operation, is

Hey, you jerks like to ignore the Constitution, anyway, so why not just go for it with a Bill of Attainder? You know, just outlaw him and declare open season.

via Yid With Lid, who has some good suggestions for emails we should send

(Crossposted at Public Secrets)

VIDEO: Zimmerman legal team O’Mara & West talk #gztrial, media frenzy on Hannity

If you haven’t watched any post-Zimmerman verdict interview, you really should watch this one.  Last night, Sean Hannity interviewed Mark O’Mara and Don West, the attorneys for George Zimmerman, and they discussed the trial theatrics, the media frenzy that got us here, and the rogue prosecution and their potentially unlawful conduct prior to trial.

I have a feeling there will be much more to come on this case from these two, particularly from O’Mara. Sanctions may even be forthcoming against the prosecution – O’Mara alleges withholding of evidence, among other things. We shall see.

BTW, attorney Don West stirred up a hornet’s nest not only with his failed “knock knock joke” to start off the trial with, but also because of his sparring with Judge Debra Nelson as well as “star” prosecution witness Rachel Jeantal. Some find him abrasive and overly blunt, but I think with all the back and forth that has gone on regarding this case, blunt truths about the media, the prosecution and George Zimmerman himself are much-needed. Keep on keepin’ on, Mr. West. ;)

Not Guilty

The verdict is in.