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The U.S. Department of Justice is now investigating the shooting death of Trayvon Martin meaning, if slapped with federal charges, George Zimmerman could face jail time even after his not guilty verdict.

The DOJ issued a statement revealing they are looking into the case and will determine whether or not federal prosecutors should file criminal civil rights charges against Zimmerman.

Zimmerman was found not guilty on Saturday of both second-degree murder and manslaughter when tried by the State of Florida and is technically a free man.

Civil-rights activists like Al Sharpton and the NAACP are asking for the Department of Justice to bring civil rights charges against Zimmerman.

If The Department decides to go through with criminal charges then a jail sentence is possible for Zimmerman. Although, according to legal experts, proving in court that Zimmerman was motivated solely by race will be an uphill battle.

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