Framing the Dialogue

Dueling Dershowitz

It is rare that I find myself rooting for someone like Alan Dershowitz.  His is a liberal that I have rather disliked for many years.  I really should not say that I dislike him, but I typically dislike his left views, but lately he has been standing up for what is right (not conservative, but right) and has been criticized for it.  I sense that Mr. Dershowitz is an old fashioned liberal.  He is someone that a conservative would disagree with, argue with, debate with, get exasperated with, but at the end of the day you could find some common ground with and accomplish something.

Mr. Dershowitz has been an outspoken critic of the persecution (my words) of George Zimmerman in the Travon Martin shooting in FloridaDershowitz had the unmitigated nerve to criticize the affidavit that the prosecutor, State Attorney Angela Corey, prepared to indict Mr. Zimmerman.  Ms. Corey actually contacted Mr. Dershowitz’ employer, Harvard University, and threatened legal action if Mr. Dershowitz continued his criticism.  If you have watched anything other than reality television over the past few decades you have probably seen Mr. Dershowitz in action.  Ms. Cory has certainly bit off (i.e. threatened) more that she can chew.  Mr. Dershowitz has his own soapbox from which to speak and speaking he is;

“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.  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.  Before she submitted the probable cause affidavit, Corey was fully aware that Zimmerman had sustained serious injuries to the front and back of his head. The affidavit said that her investigators ‘reviewed’ reports, statements and ‘photographs’ that purportedly ‘detail[ed] the following.’  It then went on to describe ‘the struggle,’ but it deliberately omitted all references to Zimmerman’s injuries which were clearly visible in the photographs she and her investigators reviewed.”

Angela Corey

I always want to support the efforts of our law enforcement and legal systems.  The George Zimmerman case has me uneasy.  It seems like Mr. Zimmerman is not treated like he is innocent until proven guilty.  The prosecutors are leaking damaging information while holding back any evidence that seems to exonerate him.  The attempt by Ms. Corey to squelch opposing views via the power of government is frightening.  Her mistake was taking on someone with the ability to push back and use his louder “pulpit” to plead his case.  My guess is that the Florida State Attorney will tuck her tail between her legs and promptly loose her case and perhaps her job.  I am not sure how her actions are markedly different than those of the prosecutor in the Duke Lacrosse case.  The difference is that someone like Dershowitz has opened the shutters to shed light on the misconduct.

“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.  I will continue to criticize prosecutors when their actions warrant criticism, to praise them when their actions deserve praise, and to comment on ongoing cases in the court of public opinion.  If Angela Corey doesn’t like the way freedom of expression operates in the United States, there are plenty of countries where truthful criticism of prosecutors and other government officials result in disbarment, defamation suits and even criminal charges.  We do not want to become such a country.”

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