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Trayvon Martin Breaking News: A Glance at Zimmerman Trial, Verdict, What's Next

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July 14, 2013 AT 4:33 PM
George Zimmerman's trial in the shooting death of teen Trayvon Martin lasted nearly three weeks and concluded with an acquittal. The case unleashed debate nationwide over racial profiling, self-defense and equal justice.Zimmerman left the courthouse as a free man. The NAACP has called for the Justice Department to open a civil rights case against Zimmerman. Whether that will happen remains to be seen: Though the department has a long history of using federal civil rights law in an effort to convict defendants who've previously been acquitted in related state cases,it's not always easy.