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Right Turn
Posted at 02:36 PM ET, 05/18/2012

Could the mob have been wrong on Trayvon Martin?

The extent of Florida prosecutor Angela Corey’s gross indifference to the facts in the Trayvon Martin case is exceeded only by that of many in the press who agitated for George Zimmerman’s prosecution for murder. Alan Dershowitz explains the latest evidence, which causes him to conclude that Corey acted improperly:

A medical report by George Zimmerman’s doctor has disclosed that Zimmerman had 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. If this evidence turns out to be valid, the prosecutor will have no choice but to drop the second-degree murder charge against Zimmerman — if she wants to act ethically, lawfully and professionally.
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.

Dershowitz concludes that under the “beyond the reasonable doubt” standard Corey doesn’t have the grounds for a conviction.

The evidence now seems entirely inconsistent with a murder charge. “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. . . . Thus, if Zimmerman verbally provoked Martin, but Martin then got on top of Zimmerman and banged his head into the ground, broke his nose, bloodied his eyes and persisted in attacking Zimmerman — and if Zimmerman couldn’t protect himself from further attack except by shooting Martin — he would have the right to do that [under Florida law]. (The prosecution has already admitted that it has no evidence that Zimmerman started the actual fight.)”

His continued prosecution looks more and more like mob justice, cheered on by hecklers in the media who didn’t much care to find out the facts before rallying the public to equate failure to charge Zimmerman with racism. Will they urge that “real” justice be done, that the rule of law be upheld if the evidence undermines their premature conclusions about a case in which they had a tiny portion of the facts on which to holler for Zimmerman’s prosecution?

But where are they now, the media figures who called for Zimmerman’s prosecution on a silver platter?

They are either silent or choose to focus on the lack of diligence by the police. No outrage can be spared for a prosecution, the basis of which seems to be eviscerated by physical evidence and in which key evidence was airbrushed out of Corey’s affidavit.

If Zimmerman’s actions turn out to have been legally defensible, where does he go for justice, and who exactly will demand Corey be held accountable for jumping when the mob howled? Well, don’t expect the mob to do it. It has moved on. It always does.

By  |  02:36 PM ET, 05/18/2012

Categories:  Media, law

 
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