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July 23, 2013

Federal charges against Zimmerman unlikely
By Marnie Eisenstadt

Federal prosecution of George Zimmerman is unlikely if history has any bearing. Data from the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse at Syracuse University shows that 76 percent of the racial violence cases referred to federal prosecutors are not pursued. The likely federal charge against Zimmerman would be racial violence. According to information from the U.S. Department of Justice, prosecutors had a total of 11 convictions for racial violence so far this year, according to TRAC. When all categories of civil rights charges are considered, federal prosecutors only went forward with 19 percent of the referred cases, according to TRAC's analysis. The conviction rate is high, though, for the cases that do go forward. Prosecutors convicted defendants in 92 percent of all racial violence cases prosecuted this year.

Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, Syracuse University
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