When the jury announced that they had found George Zimmerman not guilty of all charges in the shooting of Trayvon Martin it signified the end of the trial but it is more than likely not the last time that we see Zimmerman in a courtroom. Along with trying to find a way to get his life started again Zimmerman could be facing a potential civil lawsuit as well as a potential federal investigation, according to the Los Angeles Times.
In the days following the verdict there has been an outcry from civil rights groups for the federal government to charge Zimmerman with violation Martin's civil rights. Since the shooting occurred many have implied that Zimmerman racially profiled Martin and followed him for no reason other than he was a young, black male. Attorney General Eric Holder has said that the Justice Department will consider it pending an investigation, according to CBS News.
"We are determined to meet division and confusion with understanding and compassion - and also with truth," Holder said while speaking at a Delta Sigma Theta sorority luncheon. "We are resolved, as you are, to combat violence involving or directed at young people, tp prevent future tragedies and to deal with the underlying attitudes, mistaken beliefs and stereotypes that serve as the basis for these too common incidents. And we will never stop working to ensure that - in every case, in every circumstance, and in every community - justice must be done."
The Washington Post reports that if the Justice Department decides to press charges against Zimmerman they will be doing so on their own and without pressure from President Barack Obama.
"Cases are brought on the merits, and the merits are evaluated by the professionals at the Department of Justice," White House spokesman Jay Carney said.
In addition to potential action from the Justice Department the parents of Trayvon Martin have not ruled out the possibility of a lawsuit their attorney, Benjamin Crump, told ABC's "This Week."
"They deeply want a sense of justice. They deeply don't want their son's death to be in vain," Crump said. "They're in disbelief about this verdict. It's just one of the things they have to deal with - they're in church this morning, praying and turning to God, a higher authority, to make sense of it."
Regardless of what potential legal battles may lay in his future Zimmerman is a free man who was acquitted by a jury who deserves a chance to resume his life. Defense attorney Mark O'Mara told ABC News that Zimmerman fears for his life and believes that he needs to carry a gun "even more" than he did before.
"There are a lot of people out there who actually hate him, thought they shouldn't," O'Mara said. "I don't think anyone can hire him....George is a pariah."
Robert Zimmerman Jr., George's older brother, told CNN that his brother is very afraid of how people are going to treat him going forward in life.
"There are people that would want to take the law into their own hands as they perceive it, or be vigilantes in some sense," Robert said. "They think that justice was not served, they won't respect the verdict no matter how it was reached and they will always present a threat to George and his family."