NAACP press conference in Orlando at Orange County Convention Center.
ORLANDO, Fla. -- The NAACP President is in Orlando for the annual NAACP convention, but before heading to Orange County Convention Center, Ben Jealous made a stop in Sanford to talk with Mayor Jeff Triplett.
In March 2012, Jealous visited Sanford right after Trayvon Martin's death and said it was the most tense place he had ever been to. Jealous said the NAACP is pleased that Zimmerman was put on trial and that they are hopeful justice will be done. But he also mentioned that regardless of the verdict, the case will not stop here.
"At the end of the day, we know that there are even more avenues than those that have been pursued to hold Mr. Zimmerman accountable for killing Trayvon Martin and we will support the family in any that they choose to pursue," said Jealous.
Jealous mentioned Zimmerman could face charges at the federal level for violating Martin's civil rights. The dual charges at state and federal level have happened before.
In 1959, the Supreme Court ruled in Bartkus vs. Illinois that a person could be prosecuted by both the state and federal government for the same crime without violating double jeopardy. The decision also determined that a defendant could be acquitted by the federal government and still be convicted by the state with the same evidence.
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