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Alan Dershowitz vs. Angela Corey over misleading Affidavit of Probable Cause

Alan Dershowitz vs. Angela Corey over misleading Affidavit of Probable Cause

There should be a special prosecutor appointed to investigate this special prosecution.

In early April 2012, Special Prosecutor Angela Corey decided not to take the George Zimmerman case to a Grand Jury, opting for the filing of a Criminal Information which then was presented along with an Affidavit of Probable Cause.  The Court found probable cause for the charges.

It turned out, once pre-trial discovery was exchanged, that the affidavit upon which probable cause was found had not disclosed a lot of significant exculpatory details.  There was no mention of the significant injuries to Zimmerman, or of John Good’s eyewitness account that Martin was on top of Zimmerman hitting him Mixed Martial Arts style.  All the Affidavit said on the subject of the physical confrontation was that there was “a struggle.”

The Affidavit identified the voice screaming for help as that of Martin based on an interview with his mother, but did not reveal what we now know, that Martin’s father initially denied it was his son.

The Affidavit also was inaccurate, such as alleging that the 911 operator “instructed Zimmerman not” to follow Martin — a false fact which lives on in the media mythology of the case.

Alan Dershowitz was livid.

From the post, If Angela Corey threatened suit against Dershowitz and Harvard, she needs to step down from Zimmerman case, June 7,2012, Dershowitz was prophetic:

This prosecution stank from the get-go.  There should be a special prosecutor appointed to investigate this special prosecution.

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Update 7-15-2012: Scott Johnson at Power Line notes that Dershowitz had another appearance on The Huckabee Show Sunday night in which he again called for an investigation and lambasted Corey:

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] Corey.


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“All we wanted for this case was the truth to come out.”
– Angela Corey

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– America

rabid wombat | July 14, 2013 at 6:19 pm

On many points, I do not agree with Alan Dershowitz. I disagree politically with what he sometimes proposes. That said, I do find him to be incredibly intelligent and logical, and not subject to the crass emotionalism present in many arguments today. In what he says above – I agree in total.

    TeacherinTejas in reply to rabid wombat. | July 15, 2013 at 2:40 pm

    Me too, while a liberal, he is a principled one (a vanishing breed in this country as of late) and usually calls them as he sees them based on the law. I respect him a lot.

Whenever I find myself high-fiving Professor Dershowitz, my historian’s brain harkens back to his precious lips affixed to the anal pore of the Butcher, O.J.Simpson.

Uncle Samuel | July 14, 2013 at 6:24 pm

It seems that Angela Corey, at the behest of others, perpetrated a violation of George Zimmerman’s rights not to have submitted her dubious case to the Grand Jury that was already impaneled at the time.

The charges Corey put in her infamous Affidavit and indeed the entire Prosecution case were almost entirely based upon accusation, assumption and allusion and sentiment (aka the Crump-Julison-Martin narrative) not fact, not sworn testimony, not witness statements.

The fact that she and the rest of the Prosecution team repeated their nasty little fictional narrative after the verdict makes these people stink even more.

Spin, talking points and truthiness coupled with accusations and mockery against opponents, have been the tactics of the Alinsky-schooled left since the Clinton debacle with Monica Lewinsky or was it Paula or her predecessors.

Truth has been debased and almost abandoned while various agenda groups propaganda has been fomented in the name of political correctness for decades non-stop.

Now we have the evidence of cultural brain damage on all the media, comment threads and twitter.

Any psychologist worth his degrees will tell you that believing lies has negative consequences on the function of the human brain. The Bible says the same.

    legacyrepublican in reply to Uncle Samuel. | July 14, 2013 at 6:39 pm

    I think it fair to say that if anyone has a claim of his civil rights being violated it would be George Zimmerman.

    He is hispanic and 1/8th black. By any standard, he is mixed race. Yet, he was call “white” and he was targeted as a white man.

    I was sicked last night as I watched Geraldo interview a white mother of mixed race children who claimed that TM was the aggrieved party and completely ignored that GZ was mixed race like her kids and didn’t afford GZ the same courtesy that she was demanding for her children.

      Dr Weevil in reply to legacyrepublican. | July 14, 2013 at 7:27 pm

      What’s particularly disgusting is that ‘white Hispanic’ is not nonsense, it has a useful meaning, but it does not describe GZ. ‘Hispanic’ refers to any Spanish-speaking native of Latin America, whatever his racial background. A lot are mestizos – variously-proportioned mixtures of Indian and European ancestry. A lot are pure Indian (and some of them, especially in Bolivia and Guatemala, don’t even speak Spanish, complicating the definition). Quite a few have some African blood, especially around the Caribean. A few are partly or entirely Asian in ancestry, like former Pres. Fujimori of Peru, but they’re still Hispanic if they’re Spanish-speakers born south of the Rio Grande. And some, especially among the upper classes or children of recent immigrants, have 100% European ancestry on both sides all the way back. These last may properly be called ‘white Hispanics’, if you really want to do an ethnic subdivision of Hispanics. An obvious example of a white Hispanic is the new Pope, who’s a Spanish-speaking native of Argentina and therefore legitimately Hispanic, but also of 100% European (Italian) ancestry and therefore white.

      Of course, the problem with this is that Zimmerman quite obviously (look at him!) has a lot of Indian blood from his Peruvian mother, so even though there are white Hispanics in the world, he is NOT one of them, and anyone who calls him that is a liar or a fool.

      You’ve nailed the exact root of all of this. The knee-jerk leftist media, pols, and their mindless minions heard George Zimmerman’s name, jumped to the conclusion that he was white, probably hoped he was Jewish for a lovely leftists twofer, and went for him full-throttle based on that alone. It only came out a day or so after they got going that he was Hispanic, but by then, they had done so much ranting, raving, and race-baiting that they couldn’t go back.

      So they just kind of ignored that he’s not white. And they are doing it to this day. It’d be interested in seeing a poll of how many uninformed Obama voters think Zimmerman is white; it’s probably pretty high judging from all the “kill a cracka for Trayvon” ravings.

    PackerBronco in reply to Uncle Samuel. | July 14, 2013 at 7:35 pm

    Truth has been debased and almost abandoned while various agenda groups propaganda has been fomented in the name of political correctness for decades non-stop.
    Truth has been abandoned for “Larger Truth” in which political positions adopt the cloth of sacred writ.

    profnickd in reply to Uncle Samuel. | July 15, 2013 at 2:58 am

    I think it is relevant to point out that every one of the mob-appeasing state officials that took away the case from the Seminole County prosecutor in order to jail Zimmerman is a Republican: Gov. Scott, Atty Gen Bondi, Corey herself, all of them are Republicans.

    The point being is that apparently neither political party is really, when push comes to shove and the mob is howling for someone’s head, on the side of the 2nd Amendment and the right to self-defense.

Uncle Samuel | July 14, 2013 at 6:37 pm

“The Court found probable cause for charges.”

Was the Court a judge or all the judges in a Circuit?

Was Debra S. Nelson included in this finding of probable cause?

    Uncle Samuel in reply to Uncle Samuel. | July 14, 2013 at 8:34 pm

    SERIOUSLY, which Court, which judge/s ruled probable cause, gave their approval of Corey’s Crumped-up Affidavit?

      Uncle Samuel in reply to Uncle Samuel. | July 14, 2013 at 9:55 pm

      Is it on the record which judge or judges found probable cause and approved the Crump/Corey Affidavit?

        Uncle Samuel in reply to Uncle Samuel. | July 15, 2013 at 12:21 am

        Found it:
        Mark Herr, Seminole County Judge signed his name to the Affidavit, approving the fraudulent charges against George Zimmerman.

          Estragon in reply to Uncle Samuel. | July 15, 2013 at 3:08 am

          To be fair, you probably won’t find a judge on that level anywhere who would refuse to sign a sworn affidavit from a special prosecutor appointed by the state AG and approved of by its Governor. Judges can’t investigate what prosecutors put before them as charges. As I understand Florida law, the affidavit is a substitute for a grand jury indictment, it is most often used when there is no sitting grand jury and the charges aren’t controversial, but it is a perfectly lawful option.

          It isn’t the judge’s fault if a prosecutor files a false affidavit.

          ConradCA in reply to Uncle Samuel. | July 15, 2013 at 11:52 am

          Judge Mark E. Herr – County 407-665-4910

    It was not Nelson and it was not Lester but some other stupid dude who was the one that allowed this travesty because he did not bother to check the actual affidavit for probable cause. Had this first judge done his work correctly then he should have thrown it out and told them to come back with proper details on the case.

not_surprised | July 14, 2013 at 6:42 pm

Where do we start gathering signatures to get the ball rolling?

Looking back, I do feel that Nelson’s actions were not that unusual for a cc judge… most tend to start from a pro- prosecution point of view, and I agree with O’Mara’s statement that she was primarily interested in keeping things on schedule , didn’t want to be another Ito-esque parody.
That said, she still managed to come across during trial as a raging beeyatch.

    Crawford in reply to graytonb. | July 14, 2013 at 7:17 pm

    Sorry, but keeping to a schedule does not excuse things like allowing the prosecution to hide evidence and witnesses from the defense.

    Carol Herman in reply to graytonb. | July 14, 2013 at 7:19 pm

    half-nelson has brought back to life the wonderful comedic talents of Chris Farley.

    PackerBronco in reply to graytonb. | July 14, 2013 at 7:37 pm

    Convict an innocent man but keep the trains running on time.
    Just don’t ask where the trains are going …

Then there’s hiding the texts and pictures from Martin’s phone. His unsavory past had nothing to do with his behavior. But Zimmerman’s did. Right.

    …and let’s not forget that Angela Corey fired the guy who went public with existence of the the encrypted photos and text messages.

    Check out Atlas Shrugs: Trayvon Martin’s Involvement In Local Burglaries Covered Up By Media, School, Police, Prosecutors…

    This is a good one. Amazing how it was covered up. Sorry that I keep posting these, but I hate to quote this one. There’s some good pictures.

      Carol Herman in reply to kittycat. | July 14, 2013 at 9:46 pm

      Unbelievable pictures posted in the Atlas Shrugs article. The name of the school is “crap.” Oh. I mean Krup. (Officer Krupsky had a school named after him?)

      I also wonder what address Trayvon Martin used? Was he registered at this school through his uncle’s address?

      And, I looked at an award my son won when he graduated high school. It’s in CURSIVE. So if diplomas are given out written in cursive what we do know is that Dee-Dee won’t be able to read it.

      This tragedy has been an eye opening experience. Thank goodness for the jurors who looked at the evidence.

    Yes, Zimmerman’s shocking ambition to be a policeman or a prosecutor definitely indicates a “depraved mind” – just the sort of guy who would attack and murder a child innocently eating Skittles, out of rank prejudice against hoodies (after calling the police to inform them he was stalking the innocent child).

    But Martin’s school suspensions, his possession of stolen goods, his enthusiasm for fighting, his penchant for the ghetto pose and aggressively obscene gestures — that has nothing to do with anything!

Angela Corey is vile. Whatever political benefit she thought might be gained from this circus trial has been tossed out the window now that Zimmerman is a free man. In a rare bit of Karmic justice, the race hustlers and lib pundits she hoped to appease with a trial have trashed her pretty consistently today for failing to win the case. While that may seem satisfying for the moment, it is clearly not enough. She needs to be relieved of her duties ASAP.

    Crawford in reply to Mary Sue. | July 14, 2013 at 7:19 pm

    Her and everyone she’s hired. The state’s “medical experts” were horrendous, clowns and cranks more interested, apparently, in toeing the prosecution’s line than in assessing the evidence.

    She FIRED the one person in her office who showed interest in justice, because they could no longer trust him.

    Carol Herman in reply to Mary Sue. | July 14, 2013 at 7:24 pm

    Nope, she won’t be. And, neither will Eric Holder. That’s just the way it is. However, let me add, this subject is not dead. And, it will be re-visited. Just as no matter how often Bill Clinton zippers his pants, we still know he hangs crooked.

    I have faith that time heals all wounds.

    Let the incompetents strut their stuff. Heck, even let the Martin’s continue to sue to hit jackpot prizes. Reality has a way of twisting crazy stuff back into shape.

    Obummer’s in the 2nd term of his failed presidency.

    Once, perhaps, we thought he was having a contest with the peanut farmer, Carter. But no. He’s moved ahead. And, he’s much more infamous.

    Jarrod J in reply to Mary Sue. | July 15, 2013 at 5:15 am

    Angela Corey isn’t a liberal. Everything I knew about her through mutual acquaintances and one brief meeting at some networking event pretty much screamed conservative. Of course, I didn’t want to pull this out of my ass so I checked out her bio and confirmed that she’s a registered Republican:

    ‘Course, can’t let facts get in the way of a good narrative.

    I do have to ask, where was this Republican hatred for prosecutorial misconduct and racism back when I decided to place principle over reason and register as a Libertarian? Stop trying to overturn Roe v. Wade and strike down DOMA and I might have to change parties again.

I’ve created a post trying to briefly convey just how bad the prosecution case was, based on the posts here.

    Baker in reply to scrubone. | July 14, 2013 at 7:55 pm

    I visited your site and the list looks good. As I’m sure you will see I left a comment and a suggestion which I think will make the list an excellent tool. I wish someone had been making such a consolidated listing day by day during the trial as it was often a bit cumbersome going back to review specific testimony when one did not remember the exact day or the name of the witness.

Carol Herman | July 14, 2013 at 7:15 pm

All the whores come out to be on TV. Dersh is one of the whores. How much will you pay to see him “perform?”

As to a “rising tide of riot” … Nope. Pretty quiet.

But we do get bombed by TV sets. So I’m glad I don’t have one.

Will there be any repercussions for obviously false statements on the affidavit?

    MarkS in reply to Crawford. | July 14, 2013 at 7:25 pm

    From whom?

      Observer in reply to MarkS. | July 14, 2013 at 8:26 pm

      She should be, at minimum, facing ethics charges from the Florida Bar.

      Observer in reply to MarkS. | July 14, 2013 at 8:46 pm

      From the Florida Bar’s website:


      The prosecutor in a criminal case shall:

      (a) refrain from prosecuting a charge that the prosecutor knows is not supported by probable cause;

      . . . .

      (c) make timely disclosure to the defense of all evidence or information known to the prosecutor that tends to negate the guilt of the accused or mitigates the offense, and, in connection with sentencing, disclose to the defense and to the tribunal all unprivileged mitigating information known to the prosecutor, except when the prosecutor is relieved of this responsibility by a protective order of the tribunal.”

Thanks, Angie.

Atlantic Falcons wide receiver Roddy White has this advice for the GZ jurors.

“All them jurors should go home tonight and kill themselves for letting a grown man get away with killing a kid”

    kentuckyliz in reply to wyntre. | July 14, 2013 at 10:50 pm

    Am I to understand from the domain name that it is the “Fuck the World!” part of the USA Today website?

    Or…”For the Win!”?

The leftist pukes are unrelenting. Less than a day after the verdict their race-baiting leader Obama calls for us to honor one of their own thugs.

Wasn’t it a hate crime for Obama and Holder to stir up racial animosity against a Hispanic?

    Radegunda in reply to DaMav. | July 15, 2013 at 1:25 am

    … while simultaneously insinuating that anyone who imposes amnesty for illegal aliens obviously hates Hispanics. And that if someone who looks like George Zimmerman went out to get ice cream in Arizona, the cops would unjustly “profile” him (unless they were tipped off that he’s just another “creepy-ass cracker”).

The best way to honor Trayvon Martin’s memory is to get help as soon as your kids start to behave like him.

    richard40 in reply to Fen. | July 14, 2013 at 10:17 pm

    Exactly. And perhaps telling them that if you believe a scary white guy has unjustly profiled and followed you, either call 911 yourself, or go home and tell others and get help, but don’t attack the guy and try to beat him to death.

What a horrible woman Corey is. She’s probably on the short list to replace Holder.

Why are Gov. Scott and Att.Gen Bondi immune?

It’s in the water. It makes us sound conservative when we seek office, then govern like card carrying democrats.
-Marco Rubio

    Crawford in reply to Browndog. | July 14, 2013 at 9:40 pm

    I always wondered what that “off” taste was in Florida water. People told me it was the minerals.

TrooperJohnSmith | July 14, 2013 at 8:14 pm

A grand jury indicted Angela Corey for falsifying an arrest warrant and complaint.

If the U.S. House of Representatives are in session tomorrow (who knows), the session will start with 1 minute speeches by any member that chooses to make on.

A year or so ago, a member wore a Trayvon hoodie. One said Trayvon was hunted down like a dog.

It might be worth while to record it. It may give clues to what our elected officials have in store of us creepy ass crackers.

Don’t Forget: His Infantile Majesty Obam-Bam has asked us Americans today to contemplate this here Gun Violence thingy. NOT, mind you, that this JUSTIFIED Gun Violence saved a man from a brutal, unprovoked asault.

AAaahhhhhhhhhh…The upside down universe of the Age of the Boy King.

I am so sick of the race card thing, and it tends to be blacks vs. whites(Hispanics are usually not too involved). Send the black folks back to Africa where they were before they were imported as slaves. Thank them for their work and adios(oh that’s Spanish). The NFL will take a hit, but it will survive, MLB will take a hit too, but not so much so. It won’t dent the NHL, they’re all Canadians. And for the PGA, only Tiger(minus some non-notables at this point) would be affected.

Changing gears. Look at the prison population, mostly black males, and you wonder why there’s profiling? Hell yeah there’s profiling because you make up the population incarcerated-go figure.

Civilize your race or continue, that’s the choice you have.

FBI records: agents found no evidence that Zimmerman was racist

Read more here:

Drudge, in huge red letters states, DOJ’S RACE CASE FACES FBI BLOCK

Sign the Angela Corey DOJ investigation petition.

I just signed it.

I didn’t know this, but George Zimmerman’s great-grandfather was black. I heard this either last night or this morning. It’s all news.

Never Tick Off The Dersh.

Africa U.S.A.
Video: White journalist beaten by blacks after asking questions about Zimmerman verdict

As of now Crumb says, hood BOYS, jus havn som fun. Angela smiled as she and Crumb, closed the door.

    stella dallas in reply to JP. | July 14, 2013 at 11:34 pm

    You are so right. It is not a good idea to tick off Alan Dershowitz. Angela did just that when she called the Dean of the Harvard Law School to demand in no uncertain terms that Alan stop making statements about the Zimmerman case. She threatened to sue Harvard and have Alan disbarred. LOL. Much snickering around the law school when that happened. Definitely a very bad idea for her to do that. She will find out.

thats retarded sir | July 14, 2013 at 9:07 pm

Corey, BLDR, Guy and hair patch. Who has the biggest penis?

    I’m not sure I could comment on that. I typically limit my comments to details and facts presented in the trial testimony and evidence provided and the only penis reference I remember seeing was in the ME autopsy report.

Angela Corey used George Zimmerman to get re-elected. She is beyond evil.

    richard40 in reply to caambers. | July 14, 2013 at 10:13 pm

    Yes, and Obama used Corey to get reelected. Have to rev up that black turnout you know, and nothing like some old fashioned race baiting demagoguery to do it.

Carol Herman | July 14, 2013 at 9:35 pm

Aren’t we past this, yet?

Drudge is running the headline, in red, that the FBI is trying to stop Holder’s justice department.

I don’t know about you, but I feel as if we’re seeing another Duke pile on.

And, I think because obama dithers so much, his staff sees he’s can’t digest world news. Is not able to pay attention to events in Egypt, or elsewhere in the Mideast. So? It’s sort’a like easy pickings. Going after ONE innocent man. How easy is that?

Like MOM said, we live in a great country. Our Founders had faith that the ordinary man, without experience, or knowledge, could sit on a jury to look at evidence. And, to conclude whether the State put on on a good case. Or not.

Meanwhile, the prez is depending on his media friends. And, there are two things I find amazing.

One, the old race baiting trick still works. And, terrifies White people. Who run away from any encounter with reality. And, two, that the media ain’t dead, yet. What supports them? I’ve seen the NY Times, for instance, shrink from a Sunday edition that weighed POUNDS, to thin drivel. I’ve shut off my TV years ago. And, I saw no one ever able to replace Walter Cronkite. Dan Rather? Fake but accurate.

And, the Internet? Was born. And, came alive.

How long will it take Florida to become aware of their problem? They are a “sand state.” In deep debt, all because of fiscal irresponsibility.

Lincoln withstood years and years of watching an incompetent government unable to win battles. Today? We are all Abraham Lincoln. But we will persevere.

Noblesse Oblige | July 14, 2013 at 10:08 pm

This case illustrates why affidavits are inferior to grand juries. They are clearly subject to all kinds of abuses with little opportunity for redress. In this case the fact that the grand jury was bypassed allowed for omissions and distortion of the evidence.

I applaud Dershowitz. This is not the first time he has gone against his leftist colleagues to defend an innocent person they have unjustly persecuted. Leftists are often very passionate at defending civil liberties, when defending other leftists, or when a repub gov official is eroding civil liberties. But otherwise they are total hypocrites. Dershowitz is a rare creature, an honest principled man. I don’t always agree with him, but at least he tries to be fair to all.

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this special prosecutor to investigate the special prosecutor may be the only way for the Governor to get off the hot spot himself

Could someone explain to me why the 14th does not “include” the right to a grand jury?

Also, are there other crimes, specifically from BDLR and the other peons? Obstruction of Justice? Perjury?

I would really like an informed opinion on these.

All those presenting petitions to DOJ to indict Corey should contact me immediately. I have some investment property on the Moon I just know you will interested in!

Call me!

Corey is well known for this sort of stuff, though, perhaps not as blatantly prejudicial and unlawful. She charged a 12 year old as an adult, insisted on a long sentence for an abused woman who fired a warning shot to stop her ex from attacking (she did leave the room to get the gun and return, but her kids were there and in danger from the ex, who had a history of abuse & was under peace order), and is generally known as a no-holds-barred prosecutor who uses any trick, tactic, or power of office to get convictions and long sentences.

However, if she deliberately slow-rolled discovery or ordered evidence deleted from Martin’s phone or withheld otherwise, she deserves every sanction the law provides.

We should not forget, in our condemnations of Corey, that she was only there at the behest of the Attorney General and Governor of Florida, and neither one of them ever expressed the slightest doubt or lack of confidence in her handling of the case.

It’s like Nuremberg: the underlings can’t argue they were just following orders, but that doesn’t mean the superiors are off the hook for the tacit orders and actions under their commands.

    MouseTheLuckyDog in reply to Estragon. | July 15, 2013 at 12:10 pm

    OK. I think you have to give Corey a break on those two. The 12 year old kid is one messed up guy. Not his fault, he is the result of a lot of abuse, and really is a danger to society. He should be locked up till shrinks can fix him–if they can.

    And the woman is also a whack job. There was a restraining order, and she went to his house, went to her car to get the gun and IIRC her husband had custody of the children. But I will agree that 20 years is high for just discharging a weapon.

    THere is however the case of Ronald Thompson a 65 year old vet.He was visiting a woman when her grandson who was barred from the house came by with three freinds and tried to gain entry. Thompson got a gun and discharged it twice into the ground and got 20 years.
    The actual truthof what of what COrey does to her victims is bad enough. No need to Trayvonize her victims.

There is no condemnation too great for Angela Corey. I met her at a networking event when she was ramping up for her election. She made a promise never to prosecute or even investigate any officer accused of misconduct. As far as I know, she has kept that promise.

Now, I generally trust police officers, and I would guess that 95% of the time, when a defendant accuses an officer of wrongdoing, he’s just trying to get himself out of trouble. That said, any prosecutor has a duty of due diligence for that last 5%. The fact that Angela Corey has basically abandoned that duty in what I’m guessing was a callow attempt to win the support of the police unions makes her irredeemable in my eyes.

Estragon, I read the details of that other self-defense case you mention. Even her victim (the abusive ex) testified that he was out of control, and that he absolutely agreed that she was right to use the threat of lethal force to protect herself and her children. Unfortunately, acquittals and dismissals don’t look good for State Attorneys.

Richard40, while there are certainly many “leftists” I would consider hypocrites, I think our definitions differ. To criticize your opponents while remaining silent while your allies do the same isn’t hypocritical so much as cowardly. To criticize anyone while committing the offense yourself is hypocritical. In Zimmerman’s case, anyone who wanted him to be tried when he should have immunity under Florida’s much more relaxed self-defense law is certainly guilty of seeking to violating his civil rights.

However, presenting him and his actions to public scrutiny, public criticism, and even public scorn is not a violation of his civil rights. Nor is publicizing his case as an example of why a certain law is undesirable or deficient, so long as your proposed new law doesn’t include an ex post facto prosecution of Mr. Zimmerman. OJ’s acquittal meant that he had a right to be free from the sanctions of our criminal justice system. It didn’t give him any right to be free of people saying, “Yeah, but I think he did it anyway.”

I don’t have a facebook account so I cannot comment over at HLNTV’s website. We need people from here to comment on the outrageous comments made by the prosecutors. The short version is that they think Zimmerman is a murderer notwithstanding the verdict based on their speculations for which the admit they have no evidence.

Here is the story as reported by HLNTV:

“How would Florida State Attorney Angela Corey describe George Zimmerman in one word?


“That’s what an emotional Corey told HLN’s Vinnie Politan when he sat down with her and prosecutor Bernie de la Rionda in Jacksonville Monday to discuss the obstacles they faced prosecuting the former neighborhood watch captain.”

“We were left with inconsistent witnesses in terms of what actually happened and [Zimmerman’s] story, and what were trying to prove is that his story was false,” said de la Rionda.”

The lack of reliable eyewitness reports and lack of physical evidence made it impossible for the prosecutors to tell the jurors exactly what happened during the fight between Zimmerman and Martin.

“Our belief as to what happened: He chased down Trayvon Martin, he wanted to make sure Travyon Martin did not get away,” said de la Rionda. “Now at what point he pulled out the gun? We could speculate as to what happened. My theory is that he pulled it out early. He was going to make sure he didn’t get away. He wanted to be a cop.”

“We never said Trayvon didn’t do something to George Zimmerman. What we said is you can’t take a concealed weapon and encourage or incite a fistfight — which is what he did by stalking a teenager who didn’t know who he was — and then whip your gun out and shoot,” said Corey.

As others have mentioned Corey committed slander after the trial. When asked to describe George Zimmerman in one word she said, “murderer.” I do not see her office protecting her from the repercussions of that.

Maybe some of the lawyers can weigh in on that.

“There should be a special prosecutor appointed to investigate this special prosecution.”

Talk about hitting the nail squarely on its head….I’ve been fuming about that affidavit for fifteen months.

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I still do not understand how this woman can continue to put out provably false information and slander GZ at this point.

She did an interview with Orlando Channel 6 WKMG and said, “What George Zimmerman did after disobeying that dispatcher and getting out of his truck set the entire set of circumstances into motion.”

If you can stomach it, you can find the rest of the interview here:

[…] for NBC, which is being sued by Zimmerman for defamation.  Given the facts of the case, charges never should have been brought to begin with.  Of course, don’t let facts get in the way, because Trayvon only had Skittles on […]

[…] in the media is the most astounding lie of all. She withheld evidence, and tampered with witnesses. The initial affidavit was criminally misleading. Angela Corey is a monster and must be […]

[…] is Alan Dershowitz commenting on Huckabee about Special Prosecutor Angela […]

[…] more I learn about this woman, the more I hate her: She got George Zimmerman charged with murder based on a misleading probable cause claim, rather than getting an indictment from a grand jury. Also, Angela Corey is an evil vindictive […]

[…] Stung by Dershowitz's criticisms, Corey threatened Harvard, saying that she would sue if they did not fire him, though Dershowitz has been tenured there for decades. Dershowitz had acted as an adviser to the OJ Simpson defense team during his criminal murder trial, which saw him acquitted, though he was later successfully civilly sued by the victims' families. Corey's relations with at least one Jacksonville newspaper can best be described as hostile, and most of the attorneys who have offered criticisms of her aims and methods have wished to do so off the record, intimating that they regard her as vindictive. It's hard to imagine that her characterization of Zimmerman as a murderer, even after going through the pro forma motions of declaring that justice had been done by trying him, seem to bolster the charge. […]

[…] more I learn about this woman, the more I hate her: She got George Zimmerman charged with murder based on a misleading probable cause claim, rather than getting an indictment from a grand jury. Also, Angela Corey is an evil vindictive […]

[…] Alan Dershowitz vs. Angela Corey over misleading Affidavit of Probable Cause […]

[…] Jacksons of the world.  Few following the legalities of the case expected a guilty verdict, and serious claims of prosecutorial misconduct have been leveled.  The “black community” was set up for disappointment, sold a bill […]