Largely lost amid the hoopla surrounding Obama’s seminar Friday on race was a small suggestion contained within the remarks that signaled a second prosecution of George Zimmerman on federal civil rights charges is unlikely:
I know that Eric Holder is reviewing what happened down there, but I think it’s important for people to have some clear expectations here. Traditionally, these are issues of state and local government, the criminal code. And law enforcement is traditionally done at the state and local levels, not at the federal levels.
That’s good. There are hunches – and dare I say hopes – but no specific evidence I’m aware of that this was a hate crime. A sizable FBI investigation last year suggested race was in fact not a factor in the killing of Trayvon Martin.
So Holder and Obama, much to their chagrin I’m sure, may be forced to leave this alone, and weather the wrath of Al Sharpton.