Alan Dershowitz Says It’s Time To Drop Second Degree Murder Charges Against George Zimmerman in Death of Trayvon Martin
Self-defense vs. Second degree murder …
Famed Harvard Law School professor Alan Dershowitz says, it is time for the special prosecutor, State Attorney Angela Corey, to drop the second degree murder charges against George Zimmerman in the death of Trayvon Martin if she wants to act ethically, lawfully and professionally. Dershowitz stated that if the evidence of the doctors reports of Zimmerman having 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 are valid, prosecutors will have no choice but to drop the second degree murder charges.
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.
Alan Dershowitz was skeptical of the arrest affidavit from the outset that was first filed against Zimmerman charging him with second degree murder. Now even more evidence has come forward in document dumps that point more toward self-defense than murder. The shooting death of Trayvon Martin is not about “stand your ground”, it is probably more about just common “self-defense”.
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.
With such injuries to Zimmerman and abrasions on the knuckles of Trayvon Martin along with the fact that no one really knows who instigated the altercation, how is any jury in all honesty going to find some one guilty of murder with so much reasonable doubt?
Add to the fact that initially the father of Trayvon Martin stated when asked by the police whether the voice on the 911 tape was that of his son … he said no. He would later change his answer when the strory became more political. Zmmerman’s dad and Martin’s mom said it was of their sons. However, an analysis by an FBI lab was not able to make an identification. More reasonable doubt.
The fathers of Trayvon Martin and George Zimmerman gave Sanford, Fla., police their opinions about the person who was crying for help in 911 tapes of the Feb. 26 confrontation that ended with the shooting death of 17-year-old Martin, according to documents released by the special prosecutor in the case.
Neither said the voice was that of 17-year-old Martin, the New York Times reports. Zimmerman’s father said he thought the voice belonged to his son. Martin’s mother, however, has said it was her son who was screaming on the tapes. An analysis by an FBI lab was not able to make an identification; nor was it able to determine whether Zimmerman uttered a racial slur while pursuing Martin, whom he considered to be suspicious.
Question: If Trayvon Martin was white and/or George Zimmerman was black, would anyone in the MSM, All Sharpton, Jesse Jackson or the NBPP have ever covered or been involved this case?
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