In the aftermath of the recent acquittal of George Zimmerman in a Florida court, a question looms as to whether he’ll now face federal charges of violating Trayvon Martin’s civil rights.
It seems to me that there are three views on that matter — and two of them are fundamentally wrong.
The first is the purely vengeful view of people who simply want Zimmerman to be punished under law — any law — for having killed Martin. The problem with that attitude is that it presumes, perhaps rashly, that Zimmerman did, in fact, violate Martin’s rights.
But the matter is ...