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Dershowitz: Zimmerman Affidavit ‘Irresponsible And Unethical’
wagist.com ^ | 13 April, 2012 | Dan Linehan

Posted on 04/13/2012 10:55:07 AM PDT by marktwain

Harvard University law professor Alan Dershowitz made an appearance on on MSNBC’s Hardball to discuss the Zimmerman arrest affidavit, and had some incredibly harsh language for Angela Corey concerning her actions in the George Zimmerman prosecution.

Dershowitz is a well-known Democrat with a column on the Huffington Post, but seemed stunned by how poorly written the affidavit was, going so far as to call it “irresponsible and unethical,” as well as Corey’s actions politically motivated. He also said that if the prosecution didn’t have more evidence for the case than what we’ve seen, “a good judge would throw it out.”

Here’s the interview:

Smerconish: Joining me now, Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz. Professor, I’ve really looked forward to this conversation. You’ve seen the affidavit of probable cause, what do you make of it?

Dershowitz: It won’t suffice. Most affidavits of probable cause are very thin; this is so thin that it won’t make it past a judge on a second degree murder charge. There’s simply nothing in there that would justify second degree murder. The elements of the crime aren’t established.

Basically what’s in the affidavit is what’s in the public domain, with the exception of a few little things that were put forward by your previous commentator. But the fact that the mother identified the voice as that of her son, of course, we all knew that was going to happen. There’s nothing in there of course either about the stains on the back of Zimmerman’s shirt, the blood on the back of his head, the bloody nose, all of that.

It’s not only thin, it’s irresponsible. I think that what you have here is an elected public official who made a campaign speech last night for reelection when she gave her presentation, and over-charged, way over-charged. This case will not, if the evidence is no stronger that what appears in the probable-cause affidavit, this case will result in an acquittal.

Very strongly worded statements from Dershowitz, who basically stopped just short of directly claiming Corey engaged in prosecutorial misconduct by her actions.


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Crime/Corruption; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: banglist; dershowitz; martin; trayvonmartin; zimmerman; zimmermanaffidavit
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To: samtheman

“Zimmerman, I fear, is a lost cause. And though my heart goes out to him, I don’t believe there’s much any of us can do.”

May I humbly suggest you go run, hide, and cry.

Cowering, whining “we are so screwed” defeatists.


21 posted on 04/13/2012 11:14:38 AM PDT by wolficatZ ("We are no longer accepting comments on this article")
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To: marktwain

did zimmerman’s lawyer work for AMTRAK? cos the poor guy’s getting one hell fo a railroad job!
if this ain’t mob justice, I ain’t ever seen mob justice. the law? they don’t need no steenking law!


22 posted on 04/13/2012 11:15:39 AM PDT by camle (keep an open mind and someone will fill it full of something for you)
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To: Starrling

That’s my reaction to him too. He’s liberal, but in his Harvard University setting, he’s probably the most conservative person around.


23 posted on 04/13/2012 11:15:49 AM PDT by GOPJ (Hoodies - because you can't kill a security camera for snitchin' - - freeper tacticalogic)
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To: apillar

Does the judge dismiss the charges with or without prejudice? The former, I would suspect, since “jeopardy attached”, which means that there is not a damned thing the State of Florida can do to him. Wait for Holder’s people to take a run at him on “Civil Rights” charges.


24 posted on 04/13/2012 11:16:19 AM PDT by Lonesome in Massachussets (Queeg Olbermann: Ahh, but the strawberries that's... that's where I had them.)
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To: marktwain

Here’s what is really going on: The establishment knows Zimmerman acted in self defense; that’s why the initial prosecutor refused to charge him with anything. To respond to the public outcry, they charged Zimmerman with second degree murder - a charge that requires intent and one they will never prove nor get a jury to convict on. If they had charged manslaughter, it is possible a jury would have convicted - but they will never convict for second degree because it requires intent. Before everyone falls in love with Dershowitz, realize that his criticism of the affidavit comes from this perspective - he knows the state has “overcharged” and therefore he knows already that Zimmerman will walk...so Dershowitz is lamenting that the fix is already in to clear Zimmerman.


25 posted on 04/13/2012 11:16:56 AM PDT by majormaturity
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To: stephenjohnbanker
Any blood resulting from this belongs to Obama.

yes, it does. With intent and malicious forethought. Aggravated, as they say.

26 posted on 04/13/2012 11:17:48 AM PDT by 240B (he is doing everything he said he wouldn't and not doing what he said he would)
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To: apillar

I don’t think the people on Fox have read the affidavit, because today they have a hate on for Zimmerman


27 posted on 04/13/2012 11:19:04 AM PDT by molson209
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To: 240B

Obama and Holder planned this meticulously, Black Panthers, MSM, and all!!


28 posted on 04/13/2012 11:21:21 AM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (God, family, country, mom, apple pie, the girl next door and a Ford F250 to pull my boat.)
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To: marktwain

“Dershowitz...going so far as to call...Corey’s actions politically motivated.”

If by political he means career, then I agree.


29 posted on 04/13/2012 11:26:51 AM PDT by running_dog_lackey
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To: majormaturity

“Clear Zimmerman”.

Before SHTF :

I’m setting up perimeter watch. Attaching DC current to fence wire. (Bait optional)

Clearing brush for 100 yd. firing zone 360.

Can food and ammo, can food and ammo... (Don’t forget dog food for the cuddly “Killer”.)

Oh yes , must get few trenches dug and fitted w “incendiaries”, for surprise reception.

Hope it’s all for nothing.


30 posted on 04/13/2012 11:29:50 AM PDT by trotskylvalia (where nose meets the grindstone)
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To: molson209
Obama and Holder and Sharpton and the Black Panters have all injected themselves into this case. They are all now eligible for discovery.

They are all involved now and able to be ‘called’.

Guaranteed however, they will be ‘protected’ by the GOP. Interesting isn't it? That the so called ‘Liberals’ would become instruments of the GOP. Nazi vs. Stalin. Amazing, here we go again. Round two of Left vs. further Left.

31 posted on 04/13/2012 11:30:01 AM PDT by 240B (he is doing everything he said he wouldn't and not doing what he said he would)
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To: ClearCase_guy
"I think Dershowitz really respects the Law "

Well, I might believe that if the Dersh critically investigates Obama's (in)eligibility issues.

You know, the

Well, Mr. Dershowitz, what have you to say?
32 posted on 04/13/2012 11:30:46 AM PDT by eCSMaster (Conservative patriots, Rise up!)
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To: stephenjohnbanker
Obama and Holder cooked this up. The race pimps, and MSM didn’t really enter the equation much until Obama “adopted” Trayvon.

The LSM was all spun up on this before Obama commented. He certainly added fuel to the fire.

33 posted on 04/13/2012 11:31:32 AM PDT by ironman
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To: Starrling
He seemed to have his eyes opened first with the OJ trial, then with Clinton's impeachment when he lied every day for Clinton and made himself look like a complete idiot.

After those two cases his credibility was pretty much zero and he knew it.

34 posted on 04/13/2012 11:33:38 AM PDT by IMR 4350
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To: Starrling
I swear he is getting more and more conservative as he ages...and the more I age, the more I seem to appreciate his comments!

If you're over the age 30 and you still believe in the socialist utopian dream with reckless abandon then you're just an idiot! Liberals are nothing more than conservatives with no common sense. Liberals are selfish adolescent prix who won't let go!

35 posted on 04/13/2012 11:36:20 AM PDT by sirchtruth (Freedom is not free.)
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To: ClearCase_guy

Perhaps she was persuaded to sacrifice her career with a flimsy charge/evidence scenario, just to get past the “we just want him to be arrested” crowds. They possibly believe this case cannot result in a conviction, and have just gone through the motions, with no real meat to the charges or anticipated outcome.


36 posted on 04/13/2012 11:37:22 AM PDT by NEMDF
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To: ironman

I saw very little on this until Obama gave it “credibility” It would have died off, if it weren’t for Obama.


37 posted on 04/13/2012 11:38:04 AM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (God, family, country, mom, apple pie, the girl next door and a Ford F250 to pull my boat.)
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To: apillar

Mark Levin took the indictment apart last night on his show.


38 posted on 04/13/2012 11:42:23 AM PDT by LifePath
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To: apillar

I thought about this possibility and hope it is the case. I worry about Zimmerman’s safely in the general prison population.


39 posted on 04/13/2012 11:44:29 AM PDT by ArmyTeach (Our liberties we prize and our rights we will maintain ... USS Iowa BB 61)
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To: molson209
I don’t think the people on Fox have read the affidavit, because today they have a hate on for Zimmerman

Shepard Smith keeps referring to the dead thug Trayvon as a "child". Live like a thug, die like a thug.

40 posted on 04/13/2012 11:52:08 AM PDT by thethirddegree
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