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August 2nd, 2013
11:14 PM ET

Could feds bring a civil rights case against George Zimmerman?

If authorities move forward with a civil rights case against George Zimmerman, how difficult would it be to prove?  Anderson discussed it with criminal defense attorney Danny Cevallos and CNN legal analyst and former federal prosecutor Sunny Hostin.

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  1. scott

    He has allegations of harassing neighbors for years, ie, demanding to see people's id's, following people etc. And there are allegations that the police and HMA were told of this. And never did a a thing. And there are his mostly frivolous police calls on people, as well as a man being tossed from a HMA meeting complaining of Zimmerman and his rumored harassment. These provide a building block for a civil rights investigation perhaps.

    August 10, 2013 at 1:05 pm |
  2. Andre R. Newcomb

    No. UnConstitutional. Double jeopardy. The parents can bring a civil suit though. There is the possibility that the State of Florida could bring criminal charges of non-compliance of lawful command of police when he did not cease in pursuit of the young man. . .now that there is established fact that such was the chain of events in official judicial proceedings. It was him who called 911. So he KNEW that he was talking to the police. Of an unrelated matter - you doing alright, Anderson? You're looking a little stressed. Not enough sleep? Too much travel on assignment?

    August 5, 2013 at 3:59 pm |
    • Janis

      It is not "double jeopardy" when the charge he is being tried for is a different charge than the original. He has never been tried on civil rights violations before so double jeopardy has nothing to do with it, Mr. Newcomb. Neither does it have anything to do with disobeying a police order, because he was never given an order. The 911 operator merely said, "We don't need you to do that. " (follow Trayvon). I hope they fry Zimmerman.

      August 13, 2013 at 11:40 pm |