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-- Tom Dupree is a former deputy assistant attorney general and I think that drives me from Washington DC -- this really the case here because.
Is there any more evidence that they can come up with or is -- what -- this sort of placating the crowds.
Want to see some kind of justice for -- one which is a saying that has been.
Then made these days.
Well I think Eric Holder in the administration are in a very tough spot right now because.
Based on what we've seen the evidence at trial the evidence that we've seen just developed on the public record.
I think would be extremely difficult case for the Justice Department to pursue at this point.
To be sure I think racial animus was a subtext in the trial.
But the prosecution never came up with real tangible evidence suggesting that -- was motivated by racial animus and so although the Justice Department.
Can and will go back a look at the trial record and whatever additional evidence they may be able to develop.
I think based on what we -- now it's an extremely tough argument for them to make and I think it would be extremely difficult.
For the government to prevail in another prosecution.
You look at this case he looked at both sides of the case and the evidence that's pending -- that that is not having that evidence that was presented in court exactly.
Do you foresee even good -- that department just has come -- with any kind of pays any kind of civil rights case.
In in against George Zimmerman.
Based on what we know now the answer is no I don't think they could prosecute at this point on the current record.
I think what they will do is I think they will take a lot of time to study the evidence that they have I think that this will by the administration sometime in the hopes that.
Public passions will cool little bit because look.
It's no secret that right now the administration is under intense political pressure from key elements of its base of its.
To follow up to bring a new prosecution.
And I think that the legal minds within the administration recognized that it's a very sparse record to bring that type of case at this stage so I think what the administration's strategy here is is just.
Let time play out.
Study in Iraq -- examine their options and then at the end of the day declined to prosecute and hope that by that point the public pressure in the passions will have cooled a little bit.
-- -- -- -- -- always said we heard that by -- -- talking about to address the underlying attitudes mistaken beliefs and stereotypes that for.
That bases -- these two common incidents he's talking about racial issues but in a civil rights violation case.
Of the two people involved actually will come out -- does it was not allowed.
In the criminal case.
Interesting things about -- -- background his two suspensions of the school.
You know that you've government go to some motivation for a lot of what's going on -- that would come out in the civil rights case which it was not allowed the criminal case is that correct.
-- assure you could have completely different evidence certainly substantially different evidence coming in in another prosecution and look.
I think that what the the Florida trial showed is that this is a complex case with just a huge amount of gray area.
That we don't really have solid answers as to exactly what happened on that night down there in Florida.
And I think that when you look at this case through the lens of beyond a reasonable doubt which the prosecution needed in Florida and the Justice Department would need to establish if it were to bring its own case.
When you look at this case under that heightened standard.
It becomes almost impossible to secure a conviction.
And so I think that you're absolutely right that when there's -- if there's a new trial that you can't slightly different evidence coming in but at the end of the day it's very difficult for me to see at this juncture how the prosecution can carry it's demanding burden of proof in this case.
Yeah well the -- and always shall issue because they get this FBI investigated whether or not -- -- had any kind of racial undertones of racial kind of prejudices.
-- before February 2012 and -- could find nothing.
But in the rocky -- that for a while I was on the phone talking was -- saying this blanking blank cracker and -- we know.
Is it racial slur against white people so if we're gonna talk about racial racist kind of attitudes and other language -- kind of attitudes that would actually come out in.
The trial and I am a civil case to show that -- -- did some have some sort of animus against Zimmerman.
Well it that you're absolutely right very well could and the other thing I'd point out is that keep in mind that the Florida prosecutors who obviously were very familiar with this record.
Declined to make this a case about race I think they recognized that it wasn't gonna be overpowering and it wasn't gonna be persuasive to the jury if that's how they framed the case.
And so if that was what led the Florida prosecutors their judgment I would think that.
Anyone who tries the case whether civil or criminal down the road is gonna have to be mindful of those concerns that there are a lot of complexities in gray area and problems with both sides frankly.
Yeah sounds like the dark department does is going to kind of wait this out and hopefully let it blow over and -- Because I think they probably -- a bit which were telling me is that there really is no case here.
I think that's right I think at this point in time there is no case here.
I think the justice -- strategy is going to be let time pass let passions cool and then at that point declined to prosecute.
Now I do have a question about the family will the family have a case.
A civil rights kind of violation against -- -- and even if -- even the federal government does does the family have a case.
00 sure they they could -- be whether or not it's meritorious obviously would be for a judge or a jury to determine.
But based on the record now let you know be very surprised if they didn't try to pursue some sort of civil remedy against -- and of course.
As you know the standards of proof in civil cases that are substantially less demanding than a criminal trial so they would have that going for -- and I can't imagine that from the perspective of the Martin family that this case is at the end I think that they definitely envision envision another chapter of the.
-- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- He had wanted to -- assistant attorney general thank you so much for being -- thanks.
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