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Attorneys in Trayvon Martin case make arguments

By Jennifer Kay

Associated Press

Published: Saturday, March 24 2012 4:15 p.m. MDT

FILE - This undated file photo provided by the Martin family, shows Trayvon Martin snowboarding. Martin was slain in the town of Sanford, Fla., on Feb. 26 in a shooting that has set off a nationwide furor over race and justice. Neighborhood crime-watch captain George Zimmerman claimed self-defense and has not been arrested, though state and federal authorities are still investigating. Since the slaying, a portrait has emerged of Martin as a laid-back young man who loved sports, was extremely close to his father, liked to crack jokes with friends and, according to a lawyer for his family, had never been in trouble with the law.

Martin Family, File, Associated Press

MIAMI — Attorneys for the family of Trayvon Martin and the Florida neighborhood watch captain who fatally shot the unarmed teen are offering different perspectives on the federal investigation of the death.

Daryl D. Parks, an attorney for the Martin family, told board members of the National Association of Black Journalists on Saturday that the Martin family met with federal and local officials for more than an hour Thursday. He said the family left the meeting "with a strong sense that Justice was very committed" to investigating the case.

But Parks added "it was clear from Justice's statements that charges of a hate crime are going to be a challenge."

Meanwhile, an attorney representing 28-year-old George Zimmerman says he believes Florida's stand-your-ground law applies to the case. Craig Sonner said Saturday that his client has been unfairly portrayed as a racist and that he acted in self-defense.

Associated Press writer Errin Haines contributed to this report from Boston.

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