I thought I heard it all, especially in the Zimmerman-Martin case, but I haven’t. It is bad enough that this case has been poorly handled by the prosecutor but now she wants to shut down free speech if it is critical of her incompetent performance.
Florida State Attorney Angela Corey, who is prosecuting the Trayvon Martin case as second degree murder, wants Alan Dershowitz, the liberal lawyer and Harvard professor, to be penalized for his opinion on the case.
She wants his free speech SILENCED. As an aside, doesn’t it make you wonder if George Zimmerman can get a fair trial?
Corey warned Harvard that she will sue them if the criticism by Dershowitz in the Zimmerman-Martin case continues.
Corey has charged Zimmerman with second degree murder. The charges she filed never included the injuries to Zimmerman and Martin which support Zimmerman’s account. She deliberately hid the facts to strengthen her case. There is no other plausible explanation.
If Corey thinks a lawsuit against Harvard is going to silence Dershowitz she is truly a fool. Since she threatened Harvard, Dershowitz has stepped up the rhetoric. As he said, he has the unalienable right to freedom of speech. Yes!
Dershowitz wrote, “Even if Angela Corey’s actions were debatable, which I believe they were not, I certainly have the right, as a professor who has taught and practiced criminal law nearly 50 years, to express a contrary view…The idea that a prosecutor would threaten to sue someone who disagrees with her for libel and slander, to sue the university for which he works, and to try to get him disbarred, is the epitome of unprofessionalism. Fortunately, truth is a defense to such charges.”
Newsmax: Alan M. Dershowitz’s Perspective: State Attorney Angela Corey, the prosecutor in the George Zimmerman case, recently called the Dean of Harvard Law School to complain about my criticism of some of her actions.
She was transferred to the Office of Communications and proceeded to engage in a 40-minute rant, during which she threatened to sue Harvard Law School, to try to get me disciplined by the Bar Association and to file charges against me for libel and slander.
Fortunately, Harvard still believes in free speech –
When the communications official explained to her that I have a right to express my opinion as “a matter of academic freedom,” and that Harvard has no control over what I say, she did not seem to understand.
She persisted in her nonstop whining, claiming that she is prohibited from responding to my attacks by the rules of professional responsibility — without mentioning that she has repeatedly held her own press conferences and made public statements throughout her career.
Her beef was that I criticized her for filing a misleading affidavit that willfully omitted all information about the injuries Zimmerman had sustained during the “struggle” it described. She denied that she had any obligation to include in the affidavit truthful material that was favorable to the defense.
She insisted that she is entitled to submit what, in effect, were half truths in an affidavit of probable cause, so long as she subsequently provides the defense with exculpatory evidence.
Dershowtiz, in the Newsmax article article, says “She should go back to law school, where she will learn that it is never appropriate to submit an affidavit that contains a half truth, because a half truth is regarded by the law as a lie, and anyone who submits an affidavit swears to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth…”
Dershowitz added –
Even if Angela Corey’s actions were debatable, which I believe they were not, I certainly have the right, as a professor who has taught and practiced criminal law nearly 50 years, to express a contrary view. The idea that a prosecutor would threaten to sue someone who disagrees with her for libel and slander, to sue the university for which he works, and to try to get him disbarred, is the epitome of unprofessionalism.
Dershowitz also discusses the irony in the state’s motion to revoke bond, considering the state’s affidavit had the same misrepresentations by omission –
Ironically, Corey has now succeeded in putting Zimmerman back in prison for a comparably misleading omission in his testimony. His failure to disclose money received from a PayPal account requesting donations for his legal defense made his testimony misleadingly incomplete.In her motion to revoke his bail, Corey argued that Zimmerman “intentionally deceived the court” by making “false representations.” The same can be said about prosecutor Corey. She too misled and deceived the court by submitting an affidavit that relied on a review of photographs and other reports that showed injuries to Zimmerman, without disclosing the existence of these highly relevant injuries.
Corey waved a Grand Jury in this case for what reason? Because she wanted to overcharge the case? For whatever reason, she wanted to represent the victim instead of the state and justice. Perhaps defense attorney or social work would have been a better career for her.
I’m not a lawyer, but if Corey had included the facts, would Zimmerman have been able to ask for a dismissal? Did they have probable cause if these facts were included?
In Florida, this is what constitutes a second degree murder charge –
Murder with a Depraved Mind
Murder with a Depraved Mind occurs when a person is killed, without any premeditated design, by an act imminently dangerous to another and evincing a depraved mind showing no regard for human life.
The primary distinction between Premeditated First Degree Murder and Second Degree Murder with a Depraved Mind is that First Degree Murder requires a specific and premeditated intent to kill.
There is no evidence that Zimmerman acted with depraved mind and/or with a premeditated intent to kill. I’m not a lawyer, as I said, but some things are obvious.
Corey needs to resign – immediately. This case was way above her competence level.