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Obama Signals Civil Rights Charges Unlikely

by Keith Koffler on July 20, 2013, 10:58 am

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.

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DeniseVB July 20, 2013 at 11:03 am

I posted this downstairs, there is still an honorable and fair justice system, and yes, the races are reversed, a black man was acquitted of killing a white teenager.

http://www.thetruthaboutguns.com/2013/07/tim-mcnabb/black-man-shoots-white-teen-jury-says-self-defense-and-nobody-cares/

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Julie Brueckheimer July 20, 2013 at 3:58 pm

Denise, I used to post on the liberal blogs like you. Do you remember someone by the name of Evil Parallel Universe who used to post on FireDogLake? He had a knack–as you and I apparently have–of putting up a good post right when the thread was coming to its end. We used to refer to that as being EPU’d.

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Star July 20, 2013 at 11:06 am

His little jaunt to the press room was dual purpose–signal no charges, and two, try to get back in the headlines.

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Playrighter July 20, 2013 at 11:46 am

and boost attendance at NAN-ee rallies across the country today.

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Marcus July 20, 2013 at 7:23 pm

Obama is just trying to rise above the fray, which is his habit. Meanwhile, Holder, Sharpton, and Jackson, the MSM and many others are stoking the fires, making threats, not responding to the evidence that Zimmerman was attacked by Martin, going on and on about “Stand Your Ground, creating and promoting the narrative that this is a racist America, and we must make amends in perpetuity.

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Playrighter July 20, 2013 at 11:18 am

Will Rev(ulsive) Al picket the White House with “No Justice, No Peace”?

Will Emanuel Cleaver admit that things would be different with a white guy at 1600 Pennsylvania?

Two people have lost their lives, one of whom is still above ground. The initial decision by the Sanford authorities has been confirmed by the court, with seventeen months of needless trumped-up outrage and ruined lives, with more to come.

Sharpton can find other ways to increase the value of Skittles stock, and the media can stop using the Martin family (and every race hustling attorney they can find) to pander for more ratings. (Did you get the quote from CNN’s Jeffrey Toobin: “Trayvon Martingot the death penalty for buying Skittles in a hoodie.” — and he’s white).

If there are problems with the justice system — deal with them. Zimmerman has been on trial for seventeen months and will be a convicted man for life, moving furtively with a target on his head (and on several profitable t-shirts).

Sharpton and his ilk got the justice they demanded. Now it’s time to demonstrate that they also understand the meaning of “peace”.

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Playrighter July 20, 2013 at 11:45 am

P.S . I just came across this rather unique “tribute” to Sharpton

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bMsYTqMp6Q8

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Julie Brueckheimer July 20, 2013 at 12:17 pm

“Two people have lost their lives, one of whom is still above ground.” And that was the one who was lynched.

No one has said anything about the Martin parents having a richer future out of this as will the “Rev” Sharpton. I’ve read that the gated community’s homeowners’ association has already made a $1 million out-of-court settlement with them, for what reason I do not know. Blood money.

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Mandy Manners July 20, 2013 at 12:33 pm

Proof in a civil trial is not as strict as that in criminal trial. Perhaps the HOA didn’t want to air its laundry in court.

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ImNoDhimmi July 20, 2013 at 5:26 pm

And yet, the family of Nicole Simpson received not a penny despite the fact that OJ was found guilty of “battery” in the civil trial.

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gracepmc July 20, 2013 at 11:27 am

The use of the word traditionally is a red flag for me. Trashing national traditions is almost sport in this WH. On a small level, a personal favorite was the MAO Christmas Tree ornament.

Also SYG is state law. That doesn’t seem to take it out of the sight of this WH.

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Robin H July 20, 2013 at 1:42 pm

Yes, and notice he only talks about the criminal element of this, not the civil side of it. Yes, criminally it’s a state issue, but can the feds file a civil suit against him?

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srdem65 July 20, 2013 at 11:55 am

As we learned after the trial was over, it was indeed a racist and a hate crime.
By unlike the narrative that the race-baiters have adopted, the racist and hater was TravonMartin.
We learned from a witness for the prosecution that Martin described the White man as a “creepy ass cracker”, a racial slur commonly used in the Black community.
Later, during a CNN interview, the same witness related the rest of the conversation with Martin. He was convinced that the White man was gay, pehaps a gay “rapist”, so he planned and committed a vicious assault on GZimmerman, a definite anti-gay hate crime.

The WhiteHouse and the DOJ are well aware that the crimes they insinuate were Zimmermans were actually committed by Martin. All of this would come out in any public hearing or trial and blow their racial conversation to smithereens.

The attack on Stand Your Ground laws is just another red herring to continue to keep race relations in the public eye. It had no bearing on the Zimmerman trial, and was never an issue put before the jury.

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Playrighter July 20, 2013 at 3:13 pm

Didn’t Rachel Jeantel also testify that Martin referred to Zimmerman as “This nigga is following me”?

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Girly1 July 20, 2013 at 12:21 pm

As if the rabble rouser really believed there was a civil rights violation here! When is he going to apologize to George Zimmerman and his family…and provide all of them with lifetime secret service protection?

The only criminal in this case is the Special Prosecutor Angela Corey. Holder has turned a blind eye to the worst case of prosecutorial misconduct ..ever. Alan Dershowitz is livid – “She should be disbarred”:
http://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2013/07/14/alan_dershowitz_zimmerman_special_prosecutor_angela_corey_should_be_disbarred.html

Dershowitz demands Special Prosecutor be appointed to investigate the Prosecution:
http://legalinsurrection.com/2013/07/alan-dershowitz-vs-angela-corey-over-misleading-affidavit-of-probable-cause/

Where is Darryl Issa? Holder needs to be indicted! Appoint a Special Prosecutor!

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Julie Brueckheimer July 20, 2013 at 12:50 pm

I’ve been wondering about her. Obviously, the DoJ will do nothing, and it’s probably too hot of a potato for Republicans in Congress to touch right now. Can the State of Florida do anything about her? At the very minimum, she needs to be fired or recalled.

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Girly1 July 20, 2013 at 1:52 pm

I read somewhere that the Florida Bar can take disciplinary action against her and the Florida Supreme Court can immediately suspend her law license before they disbar her. Of course, we know that she has friends in high places and this will ever happen. Wouldn’t surprise me if she had a direct line to the WH. Her actions were so egregious I can’t imagine her not having protection from Trayvon’s imaginary father.

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Girly1 July 20, 2013 at 1:55 pm

…..’never’ happen (sticky keys)

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Playrighter July 20, 2013 at 3:15 pm

Is this why Corey’s doing the gussied-up P.R. tour on shows like Anderson Cooper’s special on “Race and Justice”?

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Knuckledraggingwino July 20, 2013 at 1:14 pm

The only hate crime in the Zimmerman case was the propaganda campaign that motivated the persecution of George Zimmerman for the perfectly justified shooting of the teenaged thug who so viciously attacked him. There is well documented research that confirms that Tracy Martin, Sabrina Fulton, Ben Crump, Daryl Parks, Natalie Jackson, Angela Corey and prosecutor BDLR (I can’t spell the little shit’s name) commited blatant fraud in prosecuting GZ. Almost every statement by Martin’s parents about their son’s situation were probably false.
The gratuitous discovery violations committed by the prosecution should have gotten the case dismissed long before trial.

The real risk here is that Obama will exploit this case to incite race riots. We have already seen many white and Hispanic people viciously assaulted and several killed by Blacks whose avowed motivation was
“justice for Trayvon”. This alone is grounds to impeach Obama for his race baiting in the case. If his doubling down on the racial rhetoric incites race riots similar to the Rodney Keng riots, then Obama should be impeached and convicted for reckless endangerment.

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Playrighter July 20, 2013 at 3:18 pm

HBO can do a miniseries on the paltry case De La Rionda kept lugging around long after it was dead:

The can call it “Weakened at Bernie’s”.

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CiscoKid July 20, 2013 at 1:47 pm

Meanwhile back in Chicago, some more race hustlig. WBBM Newsradio reports that in an interview on WCHB-AM Detroit, IL. State Representative Monique Davis (D-Chicago) stated. ” I’m going to tell you what some suspicions have been, and people have whispered to me: they’re not sure black people are shooting all of these children ” Davis said. ” There’s some suspicion – and I don’t want to spread this, but I’m going to tell you what I’ve been hearing -they suspect maybe the police are killing some of these kids “.
That’s why she’s on public radio, so as not to spread this.
And of course it gotta be White police doing the killing.

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CiscoKid July 20, 2013 at 1:49 pm

…hustling…

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srdem65 July 20, 2013 at 3:14 pm

This brings to mind the Atlanta child murders when the Black community was demanding that the police do something because White people were killing young boys.

Of course, it was a Black man who was the guilty party, but the harm was done.

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gracepmc July 20, 2013 at 2:41 pm

I was reading about the speech on The Anchoress.http://www.patheos.com/blogs/theanchoress/2013/07/19/obamas-speech-cynical-me-and-cynical-he/

Linked in her analysis was something from the Huffington Post, where I rarely go. It’s another take on this issue rich topic of race in America. Check it out if you are so inclined.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/romany-malco/a-message-to-trayvon-mart_b_3612231.html?utm_hp_ref=mostpopular

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Julie Brueckheimer July 20, 2013 at 3:54 pm

The HuffPo article was very interesting, and I read the commentary from the HuffPo mob which savaged the writer for the most part. There are a few brave black “celebrities” who are replying to the race baiting in a measured and thoughtful way. Bill Cosby, Charles Barkley, and Dr. Benjamin Carson. I call them brave because I’ve just read that the schmuck Bill Maher referred to Carson as a half brilliant neurosurgeon/half Tea Party dumbass.

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gracepmc July 20, 2013 at 4:37 pm

I try to see those comments like comments on regve blogs when someone by posting or commenting wanders “outside the bounds”. The Left seems more vitriolic imo and certainly in this Martin/Zimmerman case.

I don’t know if you read that piece in Salon yesterday regarding Eric the Red Holder being His Arrogance’s inner black man (using the N words) — the entire thing is just “interesting” .

I am of the opinion however that America is more racially divided as a result of this Administration and that this incident in particular has been raised through race baiting. And many of my black friends, associates and relatives think the same.

To me, that is the tragedy– the exploitation of a human life to foment racial divide for political purposes. But then again, remember the exploitation of Sandy Hook for gun control. Obama stands on a lot of dead bodies.

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gracepmc July 20, 2013 at 4:39 pm

regve — conservative. (yeah really:)

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ImNoDhimmi July 20, 2013 at 5:30 pm

I’ve always said Barry has set race relations in the USA back by about 60 years. And worst of all, he has done it on purpose.

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Julie Brueckheimer July 20, 2013 at 8:34 pm

Even more so now that he doesn’t have to run for reelection. As Spike Lee warned, Obama will do anything he wants after winning 2012.

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Julie Brueckheimer July 20, 2013 at 8:33 pm

I did indeed read it. The writer and Salon are two more being bludgeoned by the left. Eric the Red. LOL, I like that–better than Meerkat even.

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Susan July 20, 2013 at 3:56 pm

BREAKING NEWS:
George Zimmerman changes his name to Ben Ghazi so that Preezy Revenge and his regime, which includes state-run media and the race hustlers/poverty pimps, will never mention his name again.

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Playrighter July 20, 2013 at 4:53 pm

Can you get that line to Leno? It needs to be spread wide.

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CiscoKid July 20, 2013 at 6:43 pm

Perfect!

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Girly1 July 20, 2013 at 8:23 pm

Hilarious! And not a bad idea…

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Julie Brueckheimer July 20, 2013 at 8:35 pm

Three SNAPS and a clutch of pearls, Susan.

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