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July 16, 2013 12:00 AM

Noah Feldman: The case against a federal trial for Zimmerman

When in 1992 a California jury acquitted the four officers who beat Rodney King, the result was a race riot of a kind not seen since the late 1960s – followed by a federal civil rights prosecution that convicted two of the officers. The acquittal of George Zimmerman for killing Trayvon Martin hasn’t produced rioting, but it has spawned a growing demand, led by the NAACP, for a federal trial to recharge Zimmerman with violating Martin’s civil rights.

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