(CBS News) -- George Zimmerman has been cleared of murdering Trayvon
Martin, but he faces a new set of problems as he moves on to the next
chapter in his life.
While he has his freedom back and he can
travel abroad and live anywhere in America, he will never get back the
life he led before he killed Trayvon Martin.
O'Mara, who defended Zimmerman, says the neighborhood crime watch
volunteer will have to look over his shoulder for the rest of his life.
"I'm sure that if he could wave his magic wand he would just sort of
get his life back," said O'Mara. "He has to be very cautious and
protective of his safety because there is still a fringe element who has
said at least in tweets and everything else that they want revenge."
With his "not guilty" verdict, Zimmerman is now eligible to carry a concealed weapon again.
To his critics, Zimmerman's name has become a racial flashpoint.
boils down to is you've got a 17-year-old kid who is minding his own
business wearing a hoodie and gets accosted gets followed by an
individual who wants to be a cop," said Prosecutor Bernie De la Rionda.
Department of Justice has said it will now review the trial records for
possible civil rights violations. However, if he was tried again it
would not be for murder and manslaughter.
"There are certain
situations where the same set of facts and circumstances can give rise
to different state and federal charges," CBS News legal analyst Jack
Ford explained on "CBS This Morning."
Ford said that historically
the DOJ would only jump in if they see that there was a failure to
investigate, a failure to prosecute, or a fundamental flaw in the first
trial. However, it is not often they find those qualifications.
it's not probable that it would happen but we've seen in the past, for
instance, the Rodney King case. It's certainly possible that the Justice
Department can say, 'we're going to prosecute here,' " said Ford.
For the federal government, they would need to know that Zimmerman violated Martin's civil rights because of his race.
Trayvon Martin's family still has the option of a civil trial as
well. Ford said that this type of trial would be very different as there
are no jails involved, victims are looking for monetary damages and it
is just the families against each other.
differences," Ford said. "The standard of proof is much, much lower. In a
criminal case, it's beyond reasonable doubt, in a civil trial, a mere
preponderance of the evidence. Also in a civil trial they could compel
George Zimmerman to testify where he couldn't be compelled to testify in
a criminal case."
Zimmerman once dreamed of a career in law
enforcement. Now he might again. But first he has to live with knowing
he shot and killed an unarmed teenager.
"This is something no
one gets over. There's no winners here. There's no monsters here. That's
the tragedy," one of Zimmerman's defense attorneys, Don West, said.