Washington Examiner: Trayvon Martin case not fodder for civil rights lawsuit

Published: July 26, 2013
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Not only did an FBI investigation already determine that none of Zimmerman's neighbors or acquaintances believed he was racist, but the judge in Zimmerman's murder trial found the evidence of racism so lacking, that she forbade the prosecution from blaming race at the trial. Zimmerman has already been tried once for Martin's death. There have been no formal accusations that either the prosecutor or the trial judge exhibited racial bias during the trial in any way.

Unless Holder believes the government's hate crime laws empower federal prosecution of the accused in every murder in the country, he has no business wasting another second on the Zimmerman case. Holder and his boss in the White House are free to use Martin's death to promote their own political agenda, just as they did with the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy. Similarly, they can advocate changes to Florida's Stand Your Ground law, even though Zimmerman did not invoke that defense. A better use of Holder's time would be figuring out why so many young black men keep being shot to death in Chicago despite it having the most stringent gun control laws in America.

— The Washington Examiner