March 25th, 2012
06:21 AM ET

Lawyer: Federal hate crime charge against Trayvon shooter a 'challenge'

Bringing a federal hate crime charge against a neighborhood watch volunteer who fatally shot Trayvon Martin will be "a challenge, to put it lightly," the victim's lawyer said.

Daryl Parks, an attorney for the Martin family, told board members of the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) on Saturday that prosecution on the state level stands a better chance.

"Most state laws tend to be better for the prosecution of state crimes. And that's why we see the federal authorities expressing, although gently, in their statements that they can only do so much if there's some type of race statements involved. The state officials don't have that problem," Parks said.

"I think the focus is not necessarily a federal arrest over a state arrest. We want an arrest, period. And I think that the state aspect of that is the one that's most feasible, most attainable in this matter."

Meanwhile, worshipers in cities across the country will wear hoodies to church Sunday in honor Martin, who was wearing a hoodie when he was killed.

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  1. iAMaMOM

    .....................This is the first American hoodie.This style came out in 1865. I dont hear Geraldo Rivera complain about this. I dont hear police or any news media outlets complain about this hoodie. I dont hear anyone from the majority community complain about this hoodie,or politicians.

    March 25, 2012 at 11:38 am | Report abuse |
    • ♔Mmmmm♕

      look for the last time...there is no necessary qualifiers that black men must meet prior to walking the streets and neighborhoods of america...

      March 25, 2012 at 11:52 am | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      What's a twit twot?
      Is that a new candy bar?

      Agree with Mmmm's 11:52 post.

      March 25, 2012 at 8:24 pm | Report abuse |
  2. ♔Mmmmm♕

    lol...ok guy in the pink tutu...20/20 is for alkerholics and i aint a alkerholic
    ...don't do weed...dulls the mind and blunts the talent...

    March 25, 2012 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |
  3. leeintulsa

    @iamamom: that's kind of a poor example.. when we see someone in *that* 'hoodie', we *do* know exactly what sort of moron we are dealing with..

    March 25, 2012 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
    • ♔Mmmmm♕

      only *do know* is cow dung and how to step over it...

      March 25, 2012 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
    • leeintulsa

      OOHHH... lol.. thanks, hi, mmmm. she confused me.. now i see it was her that was confused. i didn't check the link, just figured from context that was what iamamom was talking about.

      March 25, 2012 at 6:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • ♔Mmmmm♕

      who you callin' a twit twot? all im saying, you can't judge a book by its covers...kkk don't wear hoodies they wear dunce caps...

      March 25, 2012 at 6:36 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Joey Isotta-Fraschini©™

    I always thought that Mmmmm *was* white.
    Do you mean...
    Well, thank you.

    March 25, 2012 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
  5. ♔Mmmmm♕

    huh??? what's your definition of mixed??? would Irish-Italian qualify?

    March 25, 2012 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
  6. ♔Mmmmm♕

    @jif look only thing you know about about me is that i'm anal retentive and love mimosa...

    March 25, 2012 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
  7. banasy©

    I wear hoodies.
    And if it's raining, I put the hoodie up over my head.
    This kid didn't deserve to die.
    The end.

    March 25, 2012 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
  8. RUFFNUTT (( 1/2 5th level magic-using kender ,1/4 illusionist ,1/4 warrior ))

    fake..not me...

    March 25, 2012 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Ken

    if I ran a country it would look just like this one. Messed up!

    March 25, 2012 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
  10. ♔Mmmmm♕

    we know...ken...we know...lookin' at barbie's fake eyes, hair, nose and ain't easy...

    March 25, 2012 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
  11. dazzle©

    This story is so heartbreaking. Why isn't Zimmerman in jail? Federal Hate Crime? Why isn't he being charged with murder?

    March 25, 2012 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
  12. RUFFNUTT (( 1/2 5th level magic-using kender ,1/4 illusionist ,1/4 warrior ))

    MAYBE Zimmerman is a fasion policeman...

    March 25, 2012 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
  13. ♔Mmmmm♕

    dazzle its a crime before gawd...every officer of sanford has stood down and pushed their authority to arrest aside...i believe they are commissioned by the state yet they subject the will and trust of the people to a corrupt chief and district attorney whom have both stepped aside...they art to be ashame to wear their badges...

    March 25, 2012 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
  14. ♔Mmmmm♕

    get this man two rubber blue footed boobies

    March 25, 2012 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
  15. dazzle©

    To the trolls on this blog, have a heart and stop this merde on a blog about a child being murdered in cold blood. Take your party elsewhere, like the basement you are living in.

    March 25, 2012 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
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