Law School Professor Alan Dershowitz Says George Zimmerman Special Prosecutor Angela Corey Should Be Disbarred & Her Conduct Bordered on Criminal Conduct.
In an interview with Mike Huckabee, law school professor Alan Dershowitz said that the George Zimmerman special prosecutor Angela Corey should be disbarred were her actions. Dershowitz then went on to say that her conduct bordered on criminal conduct. Alan Dershowitz also said that the DOJ does not really investigate an individual for civil right violations unless they work for the state or the federal government. Zimmerman really cannot violate another’s civil rights on his own. Dershowitz said that the DOJ should be going after special prosecutor Angela Corey. She filed a false affidavit in front of the judge in order to get a second degree murder charge. She mislead the judge into getting an over-charge of second degree murder and failed to tell the judge that there were photos that Zimmerman’s that demonstrated that Zimmerman’s nose was broken and wounds on the back of his head. These are true violation of one’s civil rights. In the end Dershowitz said that this was a classic case of self-defense.
Real Clear Politics: (Huckabee, July 14, 2013)
MIKE HUCKABEE: You have said that you thought the prosecutor ought to be disbarred, that’s a pretty serious type of violation to get a person disbarred. It is that serious to you?
ALAN DERSHOWITZ: Right, it is. She submitted an affidavit that was, if not perjurious, completely misleading. She violated all kinds of rules of the profession, and her conduct bordered on criminal conduct. She, by the way, has a horrible reputation in Florida. She’s known for overcharging, she’s known for being highly political. And in this case, of course she overcharged. Halfway through the trial she realized she wasn’t going to get a second degree murder verdict, so she asked for a compromised verdict, for manslaughter. And then, she went even further and said that she was going to charge him with child abuse and felony murder. That was such a stretch that it goes beyond anything professionally responsible. She was among the most irresponsible prosecutors I’ve seen in 50 years of litigating cases, and believe me, I’ve seen good prosecutors, bad prosecutors, but rarely have I seen one as bad as this prosecutor, [Angela] Cory.
Former OJ Simpson Prosecutor Christopher Darden Accuses Johnnie Cochran of Tampering with Evidence 17 Years Later … Dershowitz Says, “if Darden’s lying, he should be disbarred”
Just when you thought the OJ Simpson case was gone forever …
It might have been one of the most famous and infamous lines ever used in a closing argument by a defense attorney … If the glove does not fit, then you must acquit”. Those were the words uttered by defense attorney Johnnie Cochran that became the enduring memorable moment of the OJ Simpson murder trial and his acquittal. However, 17 years later, OJ Simpson is serving time in prison on a separate charge and famed defense attorney Johnnie Cochran since deceased, former LA County prosecutor Chistopher Darden is making the claim that Cochran tampered with evidence, namely the bloody glove. Cochran died of a brain tumor in March 2005.
Seventeen years after the sensational murder trial of O.J. Simpson, the former prosecutor who went up against the ex-football star’s legal “dream team” is now accusing famed defense attorney Johnnie Cochran of evidence tampering.
Christopher Darden was a 15-year veteran of the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office when he asked Simpson to try on the once blood-soaked gloves that prosecutors said Simpson wore during the June 1994 brutal murders of his ex-wife Nicole Brown and her friend Ronald Goldman.
Harvard Law Prof. Alan Dershowitz Says Zimmerman Arrest Affidavit in Death of Trayvon Martin is ‘Irresponsible & Unethical’
Well this is rather interesting, during an interview on MSNBC’s Hardball with fill-in host Michel Smerconish, Harvard University law professor Alan Dershowitz told MSNBC that the Zimmerman affidavit was irresponsible and unethical. So will justice really be served or is the prosecution of George Zimmerman in the death of Trayvon Martin simply political?
Alan Dershowitz went on to say that the arrest affidavit was thin and that it would not suffice. Dershowitz went on to say, “There’s simply nothing in there that would justify second degree murder.” The famed Harvard law prof went on to further criticize special prosecutor Angela Corey decision to move forward on the case against Zimmerman and accused Corey of making a political reelection speech as well as overcharging Zimmerman.
Dershowitz most telling comment was that if there is no stranger evidence than what appeared in the probable cause affidavit, “the case will result in an acquittal.”
Harvard University law professor Alan Dershowitz appeared on MSNBC’s 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 Zimmerman’s arrest “not only thin, it’s irresponsible.” He went on to criticize the decision to charge Zimmerman for second degree murder by special prosecutor Angela Corey as being politically motivated.
“You’ve seen the affidavit of probable cause. What do you make of it,” Smerconish asked. “It won’t suffice,” Dershowitz replied without hesitation.
“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,” Dershowitz said. “There’s 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. “It’s not only thin, it’s irresponsible,” said Dershowitz.
Dershowitz went on to strongly criticize Corey’s 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.”
Andrew C. McCarthy at NRO’s ‘The Corner’ also finds the affidavit is stunningly weak and wanting.
Read the Affidavit of Probable Cause HERE.
Much more regarding the weak affidavit from Powerline. The question remains, how can such a weak affidavit and the fact that there is little evidence that Zimmerman profiled Trayvon Martin, let alone no one knows, including the prosecutor who started the fight, how does this merit second degree murder? Is this an attempt by the prosecutor to overcharge in an effort to have Zimmerman cop to a lesser charge of manslaughter? However, as stated at Powerline. “But if the prosecutor isn’t even prepared to allege, let alone prove, that it was Zimmerman, not Martin, who started the fight, one wonders what chance she has of convicting Zimmerman of anything”. Agreed.