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Dershowitz Blasts Zimmerman Prosecution: 'Not Only Immoral, But Stupid'
Breitbart News ^ | April 20, 2012

Posted on 04/20/2012 10:20:12 AM PDT by Free ThinkerNY

With ABC News’ release of the George Zimmerman photo showing blood flowing freely from his head, the question becomes whether Angela Corey, the prosecutor in the case, had access to the photo before charging Zimmerman with second-degree murder.

The arrest affidavit did not mention the photograph, or the bleeding, gashes, and bruises on Zimmermans’ head. Professor Alan Dershowitz of Harvard Law School stated upon release of the arrest affidavit that it was “so thin that it won’t make it past a judge on a second degree murder charge … everything in the affidavit is completely consistent with a defense of self-defense.”

After the release of the photo, however, Dershowitz went much further, telling Breitbart News that if the prosecutors did have the photo and didn’t mention it in the affidavit, that would constitute a “grave ethical violation,” since affidavits are supposed to contain “all relevant information.”

Dershowitz continued, “An affidavit that willfully misstates undisputed evidence known to the prosecution is not only unethical but borders on perjury because an affiant swears to tell not only the truth, but the whole truth, and suppressing an important part of the whole truth is a lie."

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1 posted on 04/20/2012 10:20:16 AM PDT by Free ThinkerNY
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To: Free ThinkerNY
Geez, why has Dershowitz been making so much sense lately?? First Media Matters... and now this? Has the Apocalypse arrived?
2 posted on 04/20/2012 10:23:36 AM PDT by Obadiah
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Angela Nifong


3 posted on 04/20/2012 10:25:43 AM PDT by ElkGroveDan (My tagline is in the shop.)
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To: Obadiah

Dershowitz is Jewish and a Zionist. Sharpton et al are outspoken and unrepentant anti-Semites, responsible for a number of Jewish people’s deaths. If there is a pro-Israel or Jewish safety angle to an issue, Dershowitz turns up on the right side.


4 posted on 04/20/2012 10:26:39 AM PDT by Tax-chick (Day 8 of the 17-Day Diet ... -7.6 lbs. from Day 0. (Please to excuse incoherent posts.)
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To: ElkGroveDan

You beat me to it, though I was going to type: Angela Nifong Corey.


5 posted on 04/20/2012 10:27:57 AM PDT by samtheman
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Looks like this whole prosecution is to give the FL political class cover. If the preliminary ruling finds Zimmerman shot Treyvon in self-defense or a jury finds him not guilty Gov. Scott and this prosecutor can say hey we tried him so don’t blame us.


6 posted on 04/20/2012 10:29:55 AM PDT by C19fan
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To: Free ThinkerNY
...Dershowitz continued, “An affidavit that willfully misstates undisputed evidence known to the prosecution is not only unethical but borders on perjury because an affiant swears to tell not only the truth, but the whole truth...

It's scary, but I'm becoming a Dersowitz fan...

7 posted on 04/20/2012 10:30:37 AM PDT by GOPJ (Hoodies - because you can't kill a security camera for snitchin' - - freeper tacticalogic)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
The fix ix in...both in Florida and at the US Department of Just Us.I fear that the best that Zimmerman can hope for in his state *or* Federal trial is a hung jury.There's *no* way any jury picked by prosecutors who are desperate to convict him will ever acquit.
8 posted on 04/20/2012 10:30:40 AM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Unlike Mrs Obama,I've Been Proud Of This Country My *Entire* Life!)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Mr. Dershowitz is interviewed time and again by CNN and similar news outlets. I’ll be waiting to see him on any of the alphabet channels to say this for all to hear...


9 posted on 04/20/2012 10:32:18 AM PDT by MichaelCorleone (Stop feeding the beast; spend money only with those who support traditional American values.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
This is not a 2nd degree murder case, this is a let's try to appease the dumbass haters and racist pimps so they won't riot! That's all this case is, and we all know it!

What is good about America is the sacred bravado, the showing of this cowardice is overwhelming!

10 posted on 04/20/2012 10:32:18 AM PDT by sirchtruth (Freedom is not free.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
Right now, our society is "waist deep in the big muddy" as they say -- but many people have no awareness.

Years from now, people will look back at us and be amazed as the general level of ignorance. It will be quite a lot like asking a German in 1946 -- "You're claiming that you knew nothing about the holocaust?? How could you NOT know??"

Obama's birth certificate, fast and furious, the false economic data, the blatant racial politics of the Zimmerman case ... We're living in 1943 Germany and a good number of voters are smiling and laughing and saying that we're lucky to have such a benevolent leader.

But although it may be 1943 today, it will eventually be 1946, and when people of the future ask "How could you NOT know?" they will be harsh and judgmental of America 2012.

11 posted on 04/20/2012 10:33:24 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy (Like Emmett Till, Trayvon Martin has become simply a stick with which to beat Whites.)
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To: Gay State Conservative

Ummmm, the prosecutors do not pick the jury.


12 posted on 04/20/2012 10:34:06 AM PDT by diogenes ghost
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To: C19fan

I wonder if there are lesser included charges. That was the problem with the Casey Anthony trial, the prosecution went for it all with no lesser charges for them to consider. The problem was their prosecution was so lame. Do you think that this prosecutor went to school on that and realized aiming too high would be the political way out?


13 posted on 04/20/2012 10:34:55 AM PDT by NonValueAdded (Steyn: Obama sez: "Nice little Supreme Court you got here. Shame if anything were to happen to it.")
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To: sirchtruth

Made the comment to my wife the other day that the persecution (not prosecution) of Zimmerman is not a miscarriage of justice because there is no justice involved. It is simply a miscarriage - period.


14 posted on 04/20/2012 10:35:42 AM PDT by RonInNaples
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To: Obadiah

Don’t get too hopeful about because a clock is correct twice a day. If he continues to make more sensible statements on various issues of the day then we can be encouraged.


15 posted on 04/20/2012 10:37:13 AM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

This whole Zimmerman/Martin fiasco is a farce. It’s not about somebody getting shot. It’s about politics, race pimps, money and gun control. Anyone who believes otherwise is a freakin’ idiot.


16 posted on 04/20/2012 10:37:20 AM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (It's time for the 47% to start paying their "fair share" of income taxes. Hypocrites!)
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To: diogenes ghost
Ummmm, the prosecutors do not pick the jury.

Not directly, anyway.

You're dealing with Florida.

17 posted on 04/20/2012 10:37:20 AM PDT by the invisib1e hand
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To: diogenes ghost
Ummmm, the prosecutors do not pick the jury.

I understand that the prosecution isn't *solely* responsible for jury selection but they have a big say in the matter.

18 posted on 04/20/2012 10:38:51 AM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Unlike Mrs Obama,I've Been Proud Of This Country My *Entire* Life!)
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To: NonValueAdded
I wonder if there are lesser included charges.

I just don't see any evidence to prove that this was anything but self defense. I would hate to see a jury settle for a lesser offense just to appease the gods of racial divisiveness.

19 posted on 04/20/2012 10:39:23 AM PDT by Never on my watch (I'd rather light a candle than curse the flatulence.)
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To: Tax-chick

...and yet he apparently still supports Obama.


20 posted on 04/20/2012 10:40:14 AM PDT by Obadiah
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To: Tax-chick

Yep


21 posted on 04/20/2012 10:40:47 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: diogenes ghost

A Change of Venue would seem likely. What these politicians are doing is hoping that if they can drag it out long enough tempers will cool and no riots will ensue. Good luck on that.


22 posted on 04/20/2012 10:41:23 AM PDT by dblshot (Insanity: electing the same people over and over and expecting different results.)
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To: Gay State Conservative

Both the defense and prosecution participate in jury selection.

IIRC, the defense has more “peremptory strikes” than the prosecution AND fewer limits on their use. Peremptory strikes allow rejection of a juror without having to give a cause. Otherwise, a juror maybe challenged “for cause.”

Unless Zimmerman’s defense is incompetent (or working withe the prosecution!), it SHOULD be difficult to impanel a completely hostile jury.


23 posted on 04/20/2012 10:41:34 AM PDT by Little Ray (FOR the best Conservative in the Primary; AGAINST Obama in the General.)
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To: Obadiah

Yes, that’s inconsistent, but Zero weasels about his anti-Israel stance, while Sharpton’s ginning up a mob to “Kill the Jews!” is apparently so egregious even a lockstep liberal can’t ignore it. I think Dershowitz takes it very personally.


24 posted on 04/20/2012 10:42:39 AM PDT by Tax-chick (Day 8 of the 17-Day Diet ... -7.6 lbs. from Day 0. (Please to excuse incoherent posts.)
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To: FlingWingFlyer

” This whole Zimmerman/Martin fiasco is a farce. It’s not about somebody getting shot. It’s about politics, race pimps, money and gun control. Anyone who believes otherwise is a freakin’ idiot.”

Yet Zimm is on trial for murder, while every left wing special interest group in the USA gets air time


25 posted on 04/20/2012 10:43:42 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: Free ThinkerNY

“...swears to tell not only the truth, but the whole truth, and suppressing an important part of the whole truth is a lie”

- those words actually came out during an ABC broadcast? Maybe ABC should start thinking about that concept!

If only we could hold the media to the same standards as in a legal system (even with all its flaws).


26 posted on 04/20/2012 10:45:40 AM PDT by fuzzylogic (welfare state = sharing consequences of poor moral choices among everybody)
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To: stephenjohnbanker

Yup! You’re right. I left that out. Publicity for the race pimps and gun control Nazis from the Obama cultists in the state run “media”.


27 posted on 04/20/2012 10:46:28 AM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (It's time for the 47% to start paying their "fair share" of income taxes. Hypocrites!)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
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28 posted on 04/20/2012 10:46:51 AM PDT by Jeff Chandler (You mean we have a choice between M.R. and B.O.?)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Angela Corey, meet Mike Nifong.


29 posted on 04/20/2012 10:48:28 AM PDT by TBP (Obama lies, Granny dies.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Angela Corey, meet Mike Nifong.


30 posted on 04/20/2012 10:48:28 AM PDT by TBP (Obama lies, Granny dies.)
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To: FlingWingFlyer

One of the local network affiliates started this whole show. He apparently called the major network brass and said, “Hey, take a look at this....might be a national story here” The rest is history

1) Lightening Zimms skin

2) 12 year old trayvon (skin also lightened)

3) False audio-video of Zimm, making him racist

4) Filtered camera making Zimm look like he had no injuries

on and on. Pure evil.


31 posted on 04/20/2012 10:50:53 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: Free ThinkerNY

I’m willing to wait before I declare someone guilty in case there is any good motive of which we are not aware.

In this case, the prosecutor may be giving Zimmerman the best cover from a DOJ prosecution on trumped up civil rights charges. Even having these state charges in place may provide George some time before the Federal legal harassment starts.

I suspect Federal charges of some type would have already been filed if Florida had not acted.


32 posted on 04/20/2012 10:51:03 AM PDT by the_Watchman
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To: NonValueAdded

That is absolutely not true. THe prosecution had multiple lesser charges in the Casey anthony case, even manslaughter and child abuse.


33 posted on 04/20/2012 10:51:03 AM PDT by chae (I was anti-Obama before it was cool)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

time for the florida bar to become involved


34 posted on 04/20/2012 10:51:43 AM PDT by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: Little Ray
Unless Zimmerman’s defense is incompetent (or working withe the prosecution!), it SHOULD be difficult to impanel a completely hostile jury.

I don't know how many challenges each side gets (I'm not a lawyer) but I know that each side gets at least one...and probably a good deal more.What you say about empaneling a completely hostile jury applies both ways.That is,IMO,barring huge stupidity by *either* side during jury selection the final result will be "hung jury".To be more specific,if there's a single black woman on the jury (and what are the chances of that not being the case?) Zimmerman's only hope is a hung jury because you and I know that such a juror will never vote to acquit....if,for no other reason,than to avoid harm to herself or her family.

35 posted on 04/20/2012 10:51:53 AM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Unlike Mrs Obama,I've Been Proud Of This Country My *Entire* Life!)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

How long ago did ABC acquire the new photo of Zimmerman’s head? How close in time was it to their expose that Zimmerman had no injuries that blew up in their face? I suspect they’ve had it for quite a while. How did they obtain the photo?

Did the prosecution have the photo? If not why not? Did they provide it to the defense? If not why not?


36 posted on 04/20/2012 10:52:33 AM PDT by airedale
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To: Free ThinkerNY

I wonder how long ABC had these photo’s and simply kept them under wraps?


37 posted on 04/20/2012 10:53:15 AM PDT by Amberdawn
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To: Tax-chick
"If there is a pro-Israel or Jewish safety angle to an issue, Dershowitz turns up on the right side."

Maybe it's because the Hispano-cracker's name is Zimmerman?

38 posted on 04/20/2012 10:53:43 AM PDT by Paladin2
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To: Obadiah

Do we know exactly how long ABC had this photo?


39 posted on 04/20/2012 11:02:37 AM PDT by ArmstedFragg (hoaxy dopey changey)
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To: samtheman; ElkGroveDan

Someone ought to remind Angela Nifong Corey that Nifong was eventually disbarred.


40 posted on 04/20/2012 11:04:29 AM PDT by khelus
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To: Gay State Conservative

I’m not a lawyer either, but the info is out there.
I think it is 10 for defense and 6 for the prosecution in a non-capital case.

I don’t know how Florida will react to a hung jury, but we can hope they will chose not to re-try the case. I am more worried about Holder’s “Just Us” Department picking the case on some trumped up “civil rights” prosecution. But with a little luck, Holder and co. will be gone before a verdict on Zimmerman is returned.


41 posted on 04/20/2012 11:07:19 AM PDT by Little Ray (FOR the best Conservative in the Primary; AGAINST Obama in the General.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Looks like I’m going to scrap my endearing nickname of ‘Douchewitz’ back to ‘Dershowitz’. He’s being totally objective and completely nails it! I’ll never forget his ‘O.J.’ antics, however.


42 posted on 04/20/2012 11:09:28 AM PDT by FedsRStealingOurCountryFromUs
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To: Little Ray
I am more worried about Holder’s “Just Us” Department picking the case on some trumped up “civil rights” prosecution.

It seems highly unlikely that this case will even be *close* to resolution by next January but you can bet your bottom dollar that the Attorney Corporal *will* get involved if he and his boss are still in office when it is resolved.

43 posted on 04/20/2012 11:13:02 AM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Unlike Mrs Obama,I've Been Proud Of This Country My *Entire* Life!)
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To: chae
The defense usually has an option to insist that the jury is given no “lesser” options. It's sometimes done for tactical reasons in cases like this where there's a risk they'll convict an innocent man by settling on a compromise verdict.
44 posted on 04/20/2012 11:13:47 AM PDT by ArmstedFragg (hoaxy dopey changey)
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To: ArmstedFragg

That’s a critical question! I’ll bet the witness sold the photo to ABC for serious cash. Six figures possibly? Good for him though.. He can afford security now.


46 posted on 04/20/2012 11:18:55 AM PDT by FedsRStealingOurCountryFromUs
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To: Little Ray

A kid walking home meets a vigilante out for blood. He never had a chance with this hothead. BTW, ever watch professional fake wrestling? They hide razor blades that’ll produce a stream of blood without serious injury. No concussion no serious head trauma.

GEORGE IS GETTING ANGRY!


47 posted on 04/20/2012 11:24:58 AM PDT by at bay (Did you say you're sorry to the police? "No sir.(then) I don't remember...(then) I believe I did.")
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To: Free ThinkerNY

bfl


48 posted on 04/20/2012 11:26:10 AM PDT by hoosiermama
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To: chae
No, for example the child abuse count was FS 827.03(2) aggravated child abuse. Everything charged required hands-on action by Casey and they did not have the supporting proof of Casey actually doing that. Had they stepped down to or simply included 827.03(1) Child Abuse or 827.03(3) Neglect of a Child, both third instead of first degree felonies, I am certain the jury would have grasped them with both hands.

For example, Neglect is defined as "A caregiver's failure or omission to provide a child with the care, supervision, and services necessary to maintain the child's physical and mental health...", a no-brainer, but that charge was not available to the jury!!!

49 posted on 04/20/2012 11:27:08 AM PDT by NonValueAdded (Steyn: Obama sez: "Nice little Supreme Court you got here. Shame if anything were to happen to it.")
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To: Tax-chick
If there is a pro-Israel or Jewish safety angle to an issue, Dershowitz turns up on the right side.

Interesting point. Where do you see the "pro-Israel or Jewish safety angle" here?

50 posted on 04/20/2012 11:30:10 AM PDT by Gluteus Maximus
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