Thursday, July 08th, 2010 | Author:

The jury returned its verdict this afternoon, acquitting Johannes Mehserle of murder and voluntary manslaughter charges in the shooting death of Oscar Grant.  Because a gun was involved, he faces 5 to 14 years in prison.  His sentencing is scheduled for August 6th.

Update: Apparently, Eric Holder thinks he can regain some black support for Obama, so the DOJ is sticking their nose in:

The Justice Department has been closely monitoring the state’s investigation and prosecution. The Civil Rights Division, the U.S. Attorney’s Office, and the FBI have an open investigation into the fatal shooting and, at the conclusion of the state prosecution, will conduct an independent review of the facts and circumstances to determine whether the evidence warrants federal prosecution. The department’s Community Relations Service will continue to work with community groups and local law enforcement officials to address concerns associated with this matter and other concerns raised in the past.

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