A top judicial watchdog group believes the federal government may try to pursue George Zimmerman on civil rights violations if he is acquitted on murder and manslaughter charges in the death of Trayvon Martin.
"I would be very worried if I were Mr. Zimmerman," Tom Fitton, president of Judicial Watch, told "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.
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On Wednesday, Judicial Watch revealed it had obtained documents showing that a little-known Department of Justice unit, the Community Relations Service, was sent to Sanford, Florida, after the Martin shooting to help organize and manage protests against Zimmerman.
Fitton, author of the bestselling book "The Corruption Chronicles," said the documents show the "racial extremism" of the Justice Department and the Obama administration in handling the Zimmerman case.
"The Justice Department's CRS people were down there aiding and abetting the individuals [who protested]" Fitton told Malzberg.
"They arranged a police escort to bring student protestors into Sanford, who then went on to sit in at the police chief's office and, of course, after all these protests, what happened?
"The police chief was fired, or asked to resign, but he was technically speaking fired."
Closing arguments are underway in the second-degree murder trial of Zimmerman, a neighborhood-watch volunteer in Sanford, who shot fatally shot Martin, 17, during an altercation. Zimmerman claims he acted in self-defense.
Fitton said that, in his opinion, Zimmerman "may be guilty of some misjudgments . . . My view is, if you see someone suspicious, you call the police and leave it be unless there imminent harm to body, limb, or property.
"But that all being said, what happened that led to the shooting, he may be innocent of the charges. That’s for sure. It doesn’t look like they have a case."
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