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Cylinder:
DOJ asks for hold on evidence
 

--- Quote ---The Sanford Police Department says the United States Department of Justice has asked for a hold on evidence related to the George Zimmerman case.

Justice Department officials said earlier this week there was an open investigation into the death of Trayvon Martin.

Multiple agencies are working with the civil rights division to evaluate evidence from the federal investigation and recent state trial, the office of public affairs said in a statement issued Monday.
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After publishing the verdict and entering judgment, Nelson entered a release on the evidence which was presumably handed back to SPD to be claimed by the owners.

cboldt:

--- Quote from: Cylinder on July 18, 2013, 04:12:17 PM ---DOJ asks for hold on evidence
 
After publishing the verdict and entering judgment, Nelson entered a release on the evidence which was presumably handed back to SPD to be claimed by the owners.

--- End quote ---

Well, the DOJ said it didn't have to reply to Florida's request for evidence, because Florida does not have jurisdiction over what the federal government is investigating.

I'd like to know if the federal government has the power to impound property without producing formal documentation in the nature of a warrant.  What right does the DOJ have to seize property, on its own?  Will the Florida courts and law enforcement agencies yield to an illegal request?

cboldt:
Shamelessly ripped off from a comment following an Orlando Sentinel story . . .

This is illegal under Federal Law, see Walters v. Wolf, 660 F. 3d 307 Court of Appeals, 8th Circuit 2011 - No. 10-3597.  This will be yet another 42 USC 1983 violation against the City of Sanford.

Gunslinger:
Presumably the DOJ hopes that examination of the gun will provide insight into whether GZ has a racist mind-set. [/irony]

TalkLeft:
These forums are about the Zimmerman case. Please keep your political views out of them. You may not use them to rally others to sign petitions or call for anyone's removal from office.

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