Skip to comments.(Liberal) Prof. Alan Dershowitz: Zimmerman Arrest Affidavit ‘Irresponsible And Unethical’
Posted on 04/12/2012 4:00:03 PM PDT by dewawi
Harvard University law professor Alan Dershowitz appeared on MSNBCs Hardball where fill-in host Michel Smerconish asked him his opinions of the arrest warrant issued and carried out for alleged Trayvon Martin murderer, George Zimmerman. Dershowitz called the affidavit justifying Zimmermans arrest not only thin, its irresponsible. He went on to criticize the decision to charge Zimmerman for second degree murder by special prosecutor Angela Cory as being politically motivated.
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Youve seen the affidavit of probable cause. What do you make of it, Smerconish asked. It wont suffice, Dershowitz replied without hesitation.
Most affidavits of probable cause are very thin. This is so thin that it wont make it past a judge on a second degree murder charge, Dershowitz said. Theres simply nothing in there that would justify second degree murder.
Dershowitz said that the elements that would constitute that crime are non-existent in the affidavit. Its not only thin, its irresponsible, said Dershowitz.
Dershowitz went on to strongly criticize Corys decision to move forward with the case against Zimmerman. I think what you have here is an elected public official who made a campaign speech last night for reelection when she gave her presentation and overcharged. This case will not if the evidence is no stronger than what appears in the probable cause affidavit this case will result in an acquittal.
Smerconish identified the total lack of any mention of the supposed fight that occurred between Martin and Zimmerman prior to Martin being shot. He said he was disappointed that he did not see any mention of that conflict that led to Martins murder.
But its worse than that, said Dershowitz. Its irresponsible and unethical in not including material that favors the defendant.
This affidavit does not even make it to probable cause, Dershowitz concluded. everything in the affidavit is completely consistent with a defense of self-defense. Everything.
So join the Defense, Dersh.
God bless Dershowitz.
A liberal with integrity.
I sent a hand written note to George Z today, care of his attorney. Honestly cannot begin to imagine the horror what he’s been through. Consistant with this pathetic administration of juveniles, good is now bad and vice versa. I’m sick of all the LIES and destruction.
A broken clock, a blind pig and Alan Dershowitz.
If he had real integrity he would just come right out and say what needs to be said: that this is a political witch-hunt set in motion by his Democratic party, its president and it’s race-baiting hangers-on, all egging on its constituency of moronic useless eaters.
The Sanford police and prosecutor’s office have already investigated this matter and determined there is nothing here. This is a dog-and-pony show and Alan just pointed out the first act: a monkey wearing a derby skating backwards while smoking a cigar.
Damn. Even a broken clock is right twice a day. Dersh may be a lib, but between this and him busting Obama for turning his back on Israel, my respect for the guy is growing.
The thing they’re actually trying to charge the guy with i.e. DOWW or Defending Oneself While White, would be an ex post facto law, which the constitution forbids.
no wonder that broad was smilin’ at the press conference, she is using it for her re-election...unbelievable!!
None of the democrats whose names anybody was familiar with prior to around 1965 or thereabouts would want anything to do with todays demoKKKrat party.
I would like to see the phone log between Angela’s office and all branches of the Federal DOJ..... /SUPER SARCASM.
God bless Professor Dershowitz.
Most of the pre-1965 Democrats would be considered too conservative for today’s REPUBLICAN party!.(IMO).
Dersh needs to realize the thugs in power don’t care, and that they will kill the Jews first.
Indeed. He's liberal, but he is not a strict party line guy. He plays it straight. I think much the same can be said of Juan Williams.
A judge throwing the case out is an official ruling that he is not guilty of anything.
Zimmermans lawyer is accepting donations for his defense.
New respect for Dershowitz. Never thought I’d say it.
I could be wrong(and I have been in the past) but I think Dershowitz is starting to get a dose of reality and he is realizing that the Democrates of today are taking him off the cliff. I always respected him, albeit never agreed with him or his politics. He always stayed true to his core beliefs. This administration seems to be more than he can tolerate and he is becoming more vocal. Good for him! Wish he was defending Zimmerman or at least on the team to defend him.
“Paging Mr Nifong...Mr Mike Nifong to the white courtesy phone...”
This lawyer should be able to make a ton of money off NBC on a libel case. Think Richard Jewell. I would think he would be giddy to have this case.
LOL, don't get carried away.
Dershowitz is just pissed because they 2nd Degreed Zimmerman, instead of Manslaughtering him.
Now nothing will stick, and the case will be tossed.
(BTW, "manslaughter" includes excessive self-defense. This is what Dershowitz was referencing when he spoke of self-defense).
This is a naked attempt to placate Obama, Jackson, and Sharpton and take a campaign issue away from Obama.
If Zimmerman is drawn and quartered they will just move on to the next victim -- right up until a certain Tuesday on November.
Smerconish on MSLSD. That makes perfect sense.
That's just breathtaking in it's dishonesty, what is she saying, the black guy was on his knees crying out for help and Zimmerman gunned him down in cold blood?
All of the evidence points to an assault by Martin on a guy he didn't know was packing heat.
Before this is over, Cory will face the consequences of her egregious actions, and the race riot and bloodshed will be on her greedy hands
Zimmerman confronted Martin and a struggle ensued. Witnesses heard people arguing and what sounded like a struggle. During this time period witnesses heard numerous called for help and some of these were recorded in 911 calls to police. Trayvon Martin's mother has reviewed the 911 calls and identified the voice crying for help as Trayvon martin's voice.
You were doing good until you added Jaum Williams. The rats tried to drown him and he’s right back defending them.
The defense is going to make swiss cheese of that sloppy affidavit.
This beast is on a power trip.
Scott was smart in naming her, she's expendable, a loose cannon, and a moron.
Upon taking office, Corey terminated 10 assistant state attorneys, over half of the investigators, and 48 support employees. In 2010, the Florida Times-Union reported that Corey sent 230 juvenile felony cases to adult court in 2009. This amounted to twice the number of juvenile felony cases placed in adult court in the years prior to Corey becoming State Attorney.
It took 44 days to get to charging Z with 2nd degree murder. during that time no doubt Cory, bondi, Govenor Scott and MAYBE even the DOJ came up with the decision to charge Z....EVEN if the case is flimsy and will be thrown out at arraignment.
they may have collaborated to do this because there is no downside to charging him AT THIS POINT.
It may have been the best decision in light of the political-racial environment. To at this point say “ not enough evidence, everyone go away, we aren’t charging him” would play into the race baitors and anger.
This way, Cory says,”We charged him, we went forward with the evidence, and the case was dismissed. we tried the best we could and we moved forward with the justice system.”
This also gives at least a month for things to cool down, for a FORMAL review of the evidence with the DOJ involved and then there will be a formal report of the evidence. NOW no one would believe that justice was even served.
Yes, this shouldn’t happen this way, but its reality and in the long run may be better for Zimmerman and stronger for the “hold your ground:”law.
I believe the affidavit merely has to contain enough facts to support probable cause for him to be held on the charge. It doesn’t have to recite information helpful to the defense.
If you look at the press conference with cory she was NOT a Nifong.
She is drawing this out and calming things down.
she may very well know this will not fly with the evidence they have, and thus, while she loses the case, Zimmerman is salvaged and so is “Hold your ground.”
In my opinion, she will get the party’s support because they know this case is most likely unwinnable, but in light of the circumstances...Z is better off being charged and the case dismissed at arraignment or acquitted...
so cory “loses this case”, taking one for the team by salvaging what has become a collasol mess all around.
Most of the time I don't agree with Dershowitz, but I've always respected him. If I think long enough, then I may come up with an exception or two, but he's always been a man of his principles - not political expediencies, not public opinion, and not the DNC.
” This beast is on a power trip.
Scott was smart in naming her, she’s expendable, a loose cannon, and a moron.”
She has a future in movies.....John Waters movies.....
No he’s not he clearly stated the affidavit is in line with the DEFENSE OF SELF DEFENSE. Nowhere he is suggesting manslaughter.
Similar to Ron Silver’s “conversion” from mega-liberal after 9/11 and the Muslims’ hatred of Israel. I was sad when he died. Good actor.
Scott was smart in naming her, she's expendable, a loose cannon, and a moron.
Ladies and gentlemen, we already have a verdict in the Trayvon Martin shooting ...
An honest listen will show that he wasn't lamenting that they get away, he was telling the police where to look for the suspect.
This is a dishonest affidavit. It's becoming clear that Zimmerman is being nifonged.
Good catch. I didn’t notice that — didn’t remember the specific comment from the recording. The affidavit was laughable: “his mom verified that was his voice.” Huh??? Yeah, victims’ family who were actual witnesses to an event obviously have standing to provide evidence, but you don’t get an OPINION from a family member of the alleged victim — much less his MOM!
I know that with our MSM's short attention span, they don't always make it to the end of a sentence when quoting others.
Amen to that.