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Drop George Zimmermanís murder charge
New York Daily News ^ | 05/18/2012 | Alan Dershowitz

Posted on 05/18/2012 4:46:08 AM PDT by safetysign

A medical report by George Zimmerman’s doctor has disclosed that Zimmerman had a fractured nose, two black eyes, two lacerations on the back of his head and a back injury on the day after the fatal shooting. If this evidence turns out to be valid, the prosecutor will have no choice but to drop the second-degree murder charge against Zimmerman — if she wants to act ethically, lawfully and professionally.

There is, of course, no assurance that the special prosecutor handling the case, State Attorney Angela Corey, will do the right thing. Because until now, her actions have been anything but ethical, lawful and professional.

She was aware when she submitted an affidavit that it did not contain the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth. She deliberately withheld evidence that supported Zimmerman’s claim of self-defense. The New York Times has reported that the police had “a full face picture” of Zimmerman, before paramedics treated him, that showed “a bloodied nose.” The prosecutor also had photographic evidence of bruises to the back of his head.

But none of this was included in any affidavit.

Now there is much more extensive medical evidence that would tend to support Zimmerman’s version of events. This version, if true, would establish self-defense even if Zimmerman had improperly followed, harassed and provoked Martin.

A defendant, under Florida law, loses his “stand your ground” defense if he provoked the encounter — but he retains traditional self-defense if he reasonably believed his life was in danger and his only recourse was to employ deadly force.

Thus, if Zimmerman verbally provoked Martin, but Martin then got on top of Zimmerman and banged his head into the ground, broke his nose, bloodied his eyes and persisted in attacking Zimmerman — and if Zimmerman couldn’t protect himself from further attack except by shooting Martin — he would have the right to do that. (The prosecution has already admitted that it has no evidence that Zimmerman started the actual fight.)

This is a fact-specific case, in which much turns on what the jury believes beyond a reasonable doubt. It must resolve all such doubts in favor of the defendant, because our system of justice insists that it is better for 10 guilty defendants to go free than for even one innocent to be wrongfully convicted.

You wouldn’t know that from listening to Corey, who announced that her jobs was “to do justice for Trayvon Martin” — not for George Zimmerman.

As many see it, her additional job is to prevent riots of the sort that followed the acquittal of the policemen who beat Rodney King.

Indeed, Mansfield Frazier, a columnist for the Daily Beast, has suggested that it is the responsibility of the legal system to “avert a large scale racial calamity.” He has urged Zimmerman’s defense lawyer to become a “savior” by brokering a deal to plead his client guilty to a crime that “has him back on the streets within this decade.”

But it is not the role of a defense lawyer to save the world or the country. His job — his only job — is to get the best result for his client, by all legal and ethical means.

Listen to the way a famous British barrister put it in 1820:

“An advocate, by the sacred duty which he owes his client, knows, in the discharge of that office, but one person in the world, that client and none other . . . Nay, separating even the duties of a patriot from those of an advocate, and casting them, if need be, to the wind, he must go on reckless of the consequences, if his fate it should unhappily be, to involve his country in confusion for his client’s protection.”

The prosecutor’s job is far broader: to do justice to the defendant as well as the alleged victim. As the Supreme Court has said: “The government wins . . . when justice is done.”

Zimmerman’s lawyer is doing his job. It’s about time for the prosecutor to start doing hers.

Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/opinion/drop-george-zimmerman-murder-charge-article-1.1080161#ixzz1vDzi1wUo


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Government; News/Current Events; US: Florida
KEYWORDS: alandershowitz; angelacorey; blackkk; florida; georgezimmerman; race; trayvon; trayvonmartin; zimmerman
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Angela Corey is the Mike Nifong of Florida.
1 posted on 05/18/2012 4:46:12 AM PDT by safetysign
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To: safetysign

Also add to it the fact taht was recently reported that the “innocent little waif” had Marijuana in his system.


2 posted on 05/18/2012 4:53:54 AM PDT by verga (Party like it is 1773)
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To: safetysign

That corrupt b*tch will get what’s coming to her, eventually. All criminals/scum/garbage always do, eventually.


3 posted on 05/18/2012 4:53:59 AM PDT by carriage_hill (All liberals & most demoncraps think that life is just a sponge bath, with a happy ending.)
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To: safetysign
I think Dershowitz got it exactly correct when he observed that the prosecutor's *real* mission here is to avoid large scale riots,a la Rodney King.
4 posted on 05/18/2012 4:56:27 AM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Julia: another casualty of the "War on Poverty")
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To: safetysign

Syrian

5 posted on 05/18/2012 4:56:57 AM PDT by Doogle (((USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated)))
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To: verga

marijuana, large tattoos, and gold teeth for a 16 year old punk.....hmmmmmmmm?????


6 posted on 05/18/2012 4:58:12 AM PDT by biggredd1
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To: Doogle

whoa..sorry

7 posted on 05/18/2012 4:58:58 AM PDT by Doogle (((USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated)))
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To: safetysign
From wiki: "In 2011 Corey's office oversaw a case in which 12-year-old Cristian Fernandez was accused of killing his two-year-old brother. Corey sought and received a grand jury indictment of Fernandez on charges of homicide and aggravated child abuse, and decided to try him as an adult.[14] This move, which made Fernandez the youngest person ever to face a murder charge in Jacksonville's history . . ."

I often favor trials of kids ages 16-17 as adults, but age 12? It seem quite in character to overcharge the Zimmerman case and hope for a plea deal. I hope she gets her share of the blame for the inevitable riots if justice is done.

8 posted on 05/18/2012 5:03:18 AM PDT by Pollster1 (¬ďA boy becomes a man when a man is needed.¬Ē - John Steinbeck)
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To: Gay State Conservative
I think Dershowitz got it exactly correct when he observed that the prosecutor's *real* mission here is to avoid large scale riots,a la Rodney King

I agree. However, it'despicablele that she would sacrifice another human being because of fear of riots. Those thugs will find another reason to create chaos. Short of life in prison, they will be out in the streets. Some are even calling for the death penalty.

9 posted on 05/18/2012 5:03:20 AM PDT by Jaidyn
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To: safetysign
Zimmerman will prevail in this case. The ONLY question is whether Angela Corey will be relieved of her law license? From the second she made the decision to keep this case from the Grand Jury it was clear she had no intention of acting in good faith.

Like Mike Nifong she should be disbarred, however in this case I don't believe that is a sufficient deterrent. She should then face charges herself.

We can not afford to have these types of people in charge of prosecution for the state.

10 posted on 05/18/2012 5:06:54 AM PDT by precisionshootist
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To: safetysign

Forensics couldn’t determine who was screaming for help.
Witness says Zimmerman screams for help.
Zimmerman immediately afterwards tells police/paramedic he was screaming for help.
Martin’s father says it’s not Trayvon screaming for help.

Yet, Angela Corey in the arrest affidavit notes that Trayvon’s mother claims it is he who was screaming. She should be indicted.


11 posted on 05/18/2012 5:07:14 AM PDT by sox_the_cat
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To: biggredd1

16 year old punk...? I thought he was a choir boy...oops,
not boy, kid!!! I wonder if Obama will disown him now? Nah.


12 posted on 05/18/2012 5:08:45 AM PDT by FES0844
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Angela Corey is the Mike Nifong of Florida.

This woman was hand picked by RINO FL Attorney General Pam Bondi

Don't forget that as she climbs into the Romney administration

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13 posted on 05/18/2012 5:10:51 AM PDT by Elle Bee
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We can not afford to have these types of people in charge of prosecution for the state.

Word.

Doesn't Florida have a Governor and an Attorney General?

WTF????

14 posted on 05/18/2012 5:12:04 AM PDT by Jim Noble ("The Germans: At your feet, or at your throat" - Winston Churchill)
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To: safetysign
Angela better get out of this somehow, while the getting is good. If this trial takes place, the defense will make her look like a complete and utter fool trying to prosecute Zimmerman. It is already plainly obvious to ANY objective person that this was clearly and simply a shooting in self defense. And that conclusion is found in just a brief glance at the available evidence.

Get out from under this Angela Corey, or your reputation will be ruined forever in just a few short days of this judicial circus perfomance. I'm sure Mike Nifong will be happy to give you his trophy for the most idiotic prosecutorial misconduct ever witnessed.
15 posted on 05/18/2012 5:13:20 AM PDT by ZX12R (FUBO GTFO 2012 !)
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To: safetysign

... And she’s a Republican, right? Any zombies here still donating to this nonsense? Put your bucks on individual conservatives where they will do you some good!


16 posted on 05/18/2012 5:15:06 AM PDT by ThePatriotsFlag (Still a contributing Republican? Why?)
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Why doesn’t AL Sharpton or all the others that called for violence and attacks on zimmerman arrested?

They’re inciting violence and inciting insurrection. I would love to see this case thrown out day one in court, then a Zimmerman lawsuite against Al Sharpton and his Sharpton-Americans (instead of African-Americans).


17 posted on 05/18/2012 5:20:25 AM PDT by Usagi_yo
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To: ZX12R

Imagine if Obama had been president during the Duke Lacrosse scandal.

I’d give money to see Crystal Mangum at a beer summit. Oh wait, she is now in prison for murder so she’d have to send Nifong in her place.


18 posted on 05/18/2012 5:22:00 AM PDT by ladyjane
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To: safetysign

This is a rather powerful Op Ed.

I’d be shocked if this goes to trial before November. Riots are inevitable, and would completely end any chance Obama is reelected IMO.

Think I’ll form a disaster clean up company. Between Zimmerman’s inevitable acquittal, and Obama’s looming defeat at the polls, business should be booming.


19 posted on 05/18/2012 5:22:09 AM PDT by phoneman08 (Reagan conservative union member. Not a s rare as you think!)
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To: verga
...if she wants to act ethically, lawfully and professionally.

Are you kidding?? She wants to act Politically, Racially, and Ambitiously!!! MEGAPUTZ should be disbarred just like the idiot prosecuter in the Duke case!!

20 posted on 05/18/2012 5:26:35 AM PDT by GoldenPup (Comrade "O" has got to GO!!)
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