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George Zimmerman

Interactive Special: The George Zimmerman Trial

ON AIR MONDAY MORNING: What's Next in the George Zimmerman- Trayvon Martin Case:

Hear WBEN's John Zach and Susan Rose  as they go Live to Florida and discuss the case with several legal analysts and experts.

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Reporter Monica Rix  at WDBO, Orlando

Atty. Terry Connors, Connors & Vilardo

 Rev. Darius Pridgen, Buffalo City Council
During the initial protests over the Zimmerman case,. Pridgen wore a hoodie in the pulpit and encouraged his congregation to do the same to draw attention to the profiling they say resulted in Martin being shot.

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Demonstrators from across the country - chanting, praying and even fighting tears - protested a jury's decision to clear George Zimmerman in the shooting death of an unarmed black teenager while the Justice Department considered whether to file criminal civil rights charges.

Several dozens marched in Buffalo's Kensington Bailey neighborhood Sunday night, one of many held nationwide.

Rallies on Sunday were largely peaceful as demonstrators voiced their support for 17-year-old Trayvon Martin's family - and decried Zimmerman's not guilty verdict as a miscarriage of justice. A march in Los Angeles had minor unrest when a group threw rocks and batteries at police.

The NAACP and protesters called for federal civil rights charges against Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer who was acquitted Saturday in Martin's February 2012 shooting death.

The Justice Department said it is looking into the case to determine whether federal prosecutors should file criminal civil rights charges now that Zimmerman has been acquitted in the state case. The department opened an investigation into Martin's death last year but stepped aside to allow the state prosecution to proceed.


Calls for the Justice Department to look into the case reverberated as soon as  Zimmerman was acquitted of state charges in  Florida, but it may be even tougher to mount a federal case against Zimmerman.

Some legal experts see major barriers to a federal prosecution - including the burden of proving that Zimmerman, the former neighborhood watch leader, was motivated by racial animosity - and say Justice officials would likely be saddled with some of the same challenges that complicated the unsuccessful state case.

"The Justice Department would face significant challenges in bringing a federal civil rights case against Mr. Zimmerman," said Alan Vinegrad, the former U.S. Attorney in the Eastern District of New York. "There are several factual and legal hurdles that federal prosecutors would have to overcome: They'd have to show not only that the attack was unjustified, but that Mr. Zimmerman attacked Mr. Martin because of his race and because he was using a public facility, the street."

The department opened an investigation into Martin's death last year but stepped aside to allow the state prosecution. A statement Sunday says the criminal section of its civil rights division, the FBI and federal prosecutors in Florida are continuing to evaluate the evidence generated during the federal investigation, plus evidence and testimony from the state trial.

Discussing The Civil Rights Trial
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Former Erie Co. Dist. Atty Frank Clark
and Former US Attorney Dennis Vacco

Atorney John Elmore, Author "Fighting for Your Life: The African American Criminal Justice Survival Guide"

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Attorney Terry Connors

Attorney Paul Cambria

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