Federal officials, lawmakers weigh response to Zimmerman case

07/16/2013 | Hill, The · Politico (Washington, D.C.)

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The acquittal of George Zimmerman for the killing of Trayvon Martin has left lawmakers and federal officials considering their options. One House Democrat has called for the Judiciary Committee to investigate the case, while the Justice Department is weighing the pros and cons of using federal hate-crime laws to retry Zimmerman. "Hate crimes often get a lot of public attention, and every time someone is acquitted, there is a call for federal authorities to step in," says Gail Heriot, a member of the U.S. Civil Rights Commission. "That gives me concern. ... I don't want to see a world where the prosecution gets two bites at every apple."

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