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George Zimmerman could still face federal charges in the 2012 death of Trayvon Martin, though the DOJ's desire to wade into this case is iffy at best.

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The U.S. Department of Justice is currently investigating the Martin case, in which a jury found George Zimmerman not guilty Saturday night.

The government is evaluating the evidence (including testimony from his Florida trial) and weighing filing criminal civil rights charges against Zimmerman.

The defendant, who claimed self-defense, was found not guilty of both second-degree murder and manslaughter when tried by Florida, and is a free man.

However, he's not out of the woods just yet.

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The George Zimmerman verdict is in.

And so is a palpable sense around the nation that the man who was found not guilty of murdering Trayvon Martin may himself be in trouble.

Numerous reactions over Twitter and other social networks warn Zimmerman to watch his back.

Will someone's idea of vigilante justice lead to another lost life in this case?

Clearly afraid of just such an outcome, President Barack Obama took the unusual step today of an issuing a statement in reaction to the verdict.

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Minutes after the controversial verdict was announced in the George Zimmerman trial, celebs and common folk alike took to Twitter to sound off.

The case had been a lightning rod for racial and political tension since Trayvon Martin was shot and killed in February 2012, and it showed last night.

George Zimmerman in Courtroom

A jury unanimously found George Zimmerman not guilty of second-degree murder and manslaughter on Saturday night in a Seminole County Court.

Twitter exploded with reactions - some more sensible than others - all over the country as people tried to make sense of the complex and tragic case.

Below are some of the most notable celebrity Tweets regarding the verdict ...

Chris Brown: Bullshit!

Rihanna: This is the saddest news ever!!! #whatsjustice #pray4theMartinFamily

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Following a weeks-long trial and a case that has captivated the nation for a year and a half, a Sanford, Fla., jury has reached a verdict in the George Zimmerman case:

Not guilty of murder or manslaughter.

George Zimmerman in Court

They reached a verdict after deliberating all day Saturday. Late in the evening, jurors asked for clarification on the instructions regarding manslaughter.

At about 6 p.m., lawyers for both sides appeared in court where Judge Debra Nelson conferred with them about their question and then recessed court.

Just before 10 p.m., they reached a verdict and acquitted Zimmerman of all charges in the controversial case - one ultimately filled with reasonable doubt.

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The George Zimmerman-Trayvon Martin trial continues today in Sanford, Fla., where the former's lawyers will get one last chance to make their case.

Zimmerman's legal team has tried for weeks to convince a jury that the ex-neighborhood watch volunteer killed Martin, an unarmed teen, in self defense.

Watch closing arguments in the Zimmerman trial via live stream below:

Mark O'Mara, one of Zimmerman's lawyers, is expected to argue in a closing statement that his client is a conscientious citizen who fought for his life.

Prosecutors gave part of their own closing arguments Thursday and will also likely get to present a final statement Friday after O'Mara wraps up his.

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The jury in the George Zimmerman second-degree murder trial will be allowed to consider a lesser charge of manslaughter, the judge ruled Thursday.

The ruling was a victory for the prosecution, which sought to include two additional, lesser charges from the original charge of murder in the second degree.

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Prosecutors in the Zimmerman-Trayvon Martin trial hoped to add charges of manslaughter and third-degree murder with child abuse as the underlying felony.

The victim was a minor at the time he was fatally shot; the charges stem from the 2012 death of Martin, 17, in a gated community in Sanford, Fla.

The defense, which claims Zimmerman acted in self defense, argued that allowing the jury to consider the lesser murder charge would be "outrageous."

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After nearly 17 months at the center of the highly charged murder case, George Zimmerman told a Florida judge that he would not testify at his trial.

Zimmerman, 29, is charged with second degree murder in the shooting of Trayvon Martin, 17, in 2012. He maintains that he did so in self-defense.

"What is your decision sir," asked Judge Debra Nelson of the defendant, whose legal team has tried to paint Martin as the aggressor in their confrontation.

"After consulting with counsel, not to testify your honor," Zimmerman replied as the defense promptly rested its case after just a few days of testimony.

The judge's question came after a testy exchange in which Zimmerman's attorney Don West repeatedly objected as Nelson asked if he would take the stand.

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The George Zimmerman murder trial continues today in Florida, where the defense may rest its case in the 2012 high-profile killing of Trayvon Martin.

Persuading jurors of who was the aggressor in the fight that left Martin dead has become primary goal of prosecutors and defense attorneys alike.

Watch the George Zimmerman-Trayvon Martin trial live stream below:

So far, it looks like the defense may be narrowly winning that argument, and with the burden of proof on the prosecution, chances of a conviction are murky.

For instance, evidence supports Zimmerman's claim that Trayvon Martin was on top of him during the fight, a forensic pathologist testified Tuesday.

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The Trayvon Martin 911 call has become a focal point of the George Zimmerman murder trial, the live stream of which continues Tuesday in Florida.

Persuading jurors about who is shouting on the 911 call that captured the fatal confrontation has become the primary goal of prosecutors and defense attorneys alike.

Watch the George Zimmerman trial live stream below:

Jurors on Monday were presented with conflicting testimony about whether Zimmerman's and/or Martin's voice could be heard screaming for help.

A parade of Zimmerman friends said they recognized his voice.

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After two weeks of prosecution testimony in the high-profile, closely-watched trial of George Zimmerman, the defense is now going to present its case.

At issue is whether Zimmerman, 29, acted in self-defense when he shot and killed unarmed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin on February 26, 2012.

Friday, the prosecution rested with testimony from Trayvon's mother and brother, who testified that it was Martin's voice calling for help on the 911 call.

Not all of the state's witnesses were as compelling, however. In fact, some analysts believed the police may have helped the defense instead.

As the defense makes its own case, the million-dollar question is whether Zimmerman himself will take the stand, though we may not know for days.

In the meantime, watch the live stream of his trial in the video below:

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