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Zimmerman May Face Civil Suit

The criminal trial of George Zimmerman is over, but he may find himself in a courtroom again. The family of shooting victim Trayvon Martin could file a civil suit against Zimmerman for the wrongful-death of Trayvon. Although the Fifth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution prevents a defendant from being tried for the same crime twice,...

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Differences Between Criminal Cases and Civil Trials

Criminal and civil cases differ in many ways. As the table at the bottom of this page illustrates, the legal proceedings can vary widely. Procedural rules affect everything from the parties involved to the types of evidence which may be admitted. Generally, because a defendant faces far greater consequences in a criminal trial, the...

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