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Lieberman: In Zimmerman Trial, ‘The System Worked,’ But a DOJ Investigation Is Still ‘Wise’

Joe Lieberman, the former U.S. senator from Connecticut, said of the recently concluded George Zimmerman trial, ”I thought the system worked, and one of the things that struck me was how different what was happening in the courtroom was from what was swirling around it.” “I understand there was a lot of feeling about racism outside the courtroom, but inside the courtroom I think you didn’t see it,” Lieberman, now a practicing attorney, said.

Lieberman defended the jury’s decision when speaking on Sean Hannity’s radio show, saying, “From what I saw, I agreed with them that they could not decide beyond a reasonable doubt” that Zimmerman had killed Trayvon Martin without justification. But he also expressed sympathy for the Justice Department’s decision to reopen its investigation of the incident for possiblefederal civil-rights violations: ”There’s so much emotion around this, and so many people feel that there are civil rights on the line, so they have to do some kind of investigation.” 

“What you need to prove a civil-rights action, almost a hate crime,” he explained, “that’s a very high standard. But I think it’s actually wise for them to say they’ll conduct an investigation, but I’d be very surprised if they actually go forward with anything.”

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