Harvard Professor Alan Dershowitz Says Zimmerman Arrest Affidavit Is “‘Irresponsible And Unethical” (Video)

Harvard University law professor Alan Dershowitz told MSNBC that the Zimmerman affidavit was irresponsible and unethical.
“It’s so thin it won’t make it pass the judge on a second degree murder charge… It’s not only thin, it’s irresponsible.”

Mediaite reported:

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.”

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  • J

    Bet smerconish was very upset at his guest. I heard smerconish’s radio show recently. What a cheerleader for “getting” zimmerman. He pulled every trick in the book to stir up bad feelings and lead the racists in attacking zimmerman. He has turned into quite the piece of filth.

  • bobdog

    Yes, but the not guilty verdict and the riots that follow will occur after the presidential election, won’t they?

    And that will be Romney’s problem, right?


  • Militant Conservative

    #1 April 13, 2012 at 7:40 am
    J commented:

    Gave up an Smerconish long ago. He is the typical liberal hiding as a “moderate”.

    Bull Spit, he’s a flaming libtard on WGST in Atlanta and an automatic change the dial.

    Zimmerman is a whipping boy and will go through hell just like the Mr. Jewel and the

    “olympic park bombing” the media railroaded him to guilty on. Zimmerman is guilty

    of doing his job too well. Tryvon was not worth a 9mm bullet, it resulted in a good man’

    losing his freedoms. Better to let the hoodlum get prison and become someones

    Ho in prison than a good man in jail or his life ruined.

    powder is dry

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  • forest

    The press conference sure was bizarre. The prosecutor couldn’t stop patting herself on the back long enough to announce the charges. And all the smiling. It was just plain weird.

  • donh

    This REPUBLICAN prosecutor appointed by REPUBLICAN governor Scott used her press conferance to give any number of sympathetic “shout outs” to the Martin family. There was no impartiality or presumption of innocence what so ever. So sick of these Republicans trying to out pander the Democrats with the brown nosing of race mongers. Our whole political system now revovles around who can stick their nose the deepest into Al Sharpton’s butt crack.

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  • brian

    I feel sorry for zimmermann all around. His life is basically ruined and now the have this show trial which will probably further impoverish the man and his family. Welcome to freedom and justice in the United States of Amerika.

  • Dave-O

    #3 – MC – everytime I read one of your posts, I find myself saying “this guy’s got it exactly right once again” – and/or “he’s just like me” – twins separated at birth perhaps?? — but on this one, I think Zim got it right – kinda hard to be thinking “wing shot” when you’re getting your head bashed into the concrete and the thug is going for your gun in your waist holster. At that point, it’s kill or be killed. Zim made the right call. Now he’s seeing just how his misguided youth was spent worshipping the Dems who are now going to hang his a$ $ out to dry. Keep the powder dry and stay ready.

  • cali

    Proscecutor ‘Corey’ is another Nifong inthe making; if she thinks that is a good campaign strategy for her re-election;she should face criminal charges after this is over.
    Her behavior is highly unethical, especially after accusing Zimmermann of ‘racial profiling’ Trayvon; she lie perpetrated by the media and, picked up by her.

    I really pray for this young man, he is being ‘nifonged’!!

  • bg


    there is a God, and we are the people, Amen..


  • donh

    This case is exceptionally damaging to our society….Whatever happened to homeland Security ” see something…say something “….Who is going to be a good citizen ? Who is going to watch out for their fellow neighbor ? Who is going to get involved ? Self defense is becoming a crime….This is now a COMMUNIST society where what is yours is mine and people can take whatever they want….. Defend yourself and YOU are the criminal.

  • NeoKong

    Maybe secretly they want it thrown out.

  • Dave-O

    #10 – you are exactly correct. Zim is being “Nifonged” by this rogue prosecutor – and when this bogus charge is dismissed or Zim is acquitted on all counts – and all of the facts are revealed – this prosecutor’s videotaped press conference the other day is going to be Exhibit “A” in connection with the ethics and disbarment hearings that will surely follow.

  • Gary

    I’m still on the fence about Corey.

    I hold out hope for the possiblity that she may be throwing herself on a grenade here. The murder2 charge appeases those crying out for social justice, while at the same time almost ensuring that Z-man will beat the rap.

    Or, as stated above, she could be a Nifong. Or she could jut be bowing to the immense pressure and probably one or two death threats.

    Time will tell.

    The funny thing is that Zman is a dem, so they’re all spun up over it. If he were a Rep, they wouldn’t be this conflicted. Also subsequent photos (like the arrest photo) put the lie to the “White hispanic” meme. He may be half-white, but nobody is going to confuse him for a white guy.
    He certainly won’t be let into the Aryan Nation if he does end up in prison.

  • Frank H

    #13 – Maybe secretly they want it thrown out

    That’s exactly what I thought when I heard that 2nd degree murder was the charge. I’m not a lawyer (though I did sleep in a Holiday Inn Express last night :-)), but based on the facts I’ve heard in the media, I don’t think there’s a snowball’s chance in h3ll that this will result in anything but acquittal, if it even gets that far.

  • Gary

    Follow up point.
    Z-man is a dead man either way. Nobody can stop that.
    And the people howling in the streets this past month will be lined up to vote Obama in November.
    That’s who we coexist with in this country (just one more reason I can’t stand that bumper sticker).

  • WorriedDad

    The prosecutor claims that Trayvon was trying to get away from Zimmerman. So far, I have not seen one person explain how the 17 year old football star was unable to run away from the lard-assed Zimmerman. The whole case hinges around that, and it’s preposterous. If they were claiming that Zimmerman shot him in the back, from a distance, they might have a chance. But the only way those two wound up face-to-face is if Trayvon wanted it to happen.

  • Gary

    Frank H

    Just to play devil’s advocate to your (and my own) argument, if it does get to a jury, you truly never know what will happen.

    Jury = 12 people too stupid to get out of jury duty.

  • teri

    This one’s a bit fuzzy to me. Zimmerman is definitely put in the position of being the sacrificial goat in order to appease “the masses” aka:mob. Murder 2 is too strong a charge to stick since self-defense would be more like manslaughter. Is it possible that all of this is being done so any reasonable court/jury will acquit him?

    No matter how this ends up you can be sure that there will be rioting by the New Black Panthers so move out of the cities before it happens!

  • Gary

    Worried Dad 18


    excellent points

  • bg


    Obama needs Florida to win the 2012 Selection.. /s/


  • Gary

    Actually it makes me think of this supposedly true story I heard once.
    Two guys get into a fight and the one guy is palming a small knife.
    He’s stabbing and slicing the other guy all over, all the while yelling”he’s got a knife!”

    The victim’s friends see the blood and assume it’s coming from the guy who’s actually doing all the cutting. By the time they realize who has the knife, the guy is cut up pretty badly.

    So Trayvon is standing over Zman yelling “Help, he’s beating me to death! Somebody help me!”

  • Gary

    Teri 20

    See 15

    But further on your point, don’t worry too much about the New Black Panthers.
    They’re not exactly a force to be reckoned with. Just mouthy crybabies.

    I have a feeling before this is all over, all the rage and frustration will be taken out on shop windows and appeasement will come in the form of looted televisions and playstations.

  • tommy mc donnell

    #10 cali…that is what i was wondering, if she was up for election. the indictment seems to be nothing more then her opinion of what happened. there is no evidence. she uses the code words he “profiled” trayvon. even american tass forgot to use that one. i don’t know what zimmerman did that night and neither does this prosecutor, the only one that knows is zimmerman.

  • WorriedDad

    Also, you should consider ALL the politics involved:
    If a judge does dismiss this case, as Dershowitz suggests, jeopardy will not attach. She can then charge Zimmerman with manslaughter, but she (and the governor) will have political cover. “We TRIED to prosecute him for murder, but the judge won’t let us.”

    You might also take note that Dershowitz is a Democrat. What he’s doing is slamming a couple of Republican elected officials. If Zimmerman walks, Trayvon’s camp will say they blew the case by over-reaching. If Zimmerman is convicted, he has poisoned them within their own party, because she went for murder rather than manslaughter. If you know Dershowitz, you know that he isn’t saying these things to help Zimmerman get off. Most of these people are slimy enough to play politics with a man’s life, and the death of a teenager.

  • lizzy84


    I’m thinking the same.

    Dershowitz also said, “A good judge will throw this out.” Wonder if the good judge is listening…

  • WorriedDad

    Sorry… one more thing. The affidavit says that Zimmerman “profiled” Trayvon. What, exactly, does that mean? More importantly, what does that have to do with the law?

    Zimmerman clearly didn’t know Trayvon’s race (perhaps because of the hoodie?). Because when directly asked, he pauses, and THEN says I THINK he’s Black. So what was the basis of this “profiling”? The fact that he was wandering around in the rain, checking out houses in the neighborhood? Is the prosecutor really suggesting that we are now unable to take note of suspicious behavior? Is she suggesting that Zimmerman would have failed to note the behavior, if he knew the person was White or Hispanic? That’s ridiculous.

    But beyond that, what difference would it make if Zimmerman had racially profiled Trayvon? Profiling may be illegal for law enforcement officers, but no law prohibits a private citizen from doing so. The case here still comes down to a question of self defense. The prosecutor can’t use one legal activity to make another activity illegal. At best, it’s smoke and mirrors. At worst, it’s a political red herring.

  • The Elector of Saxony

    The White, Western justice system took 2000 years to develop. Through Roman Law, Canon Law, Common Law, Courts of Equity, the American system of trial and investigatory Constitutional Rights, we have constantly advanced the cause of justice. It took the Civil Rights Con Job less than 60 years to destroy what our great, literate ancestors built over millennia. Congratulations, “I Have a Dream” people, that was pretty quick.

    Of course, we’ve seen this coming for decades, and many brilliant men warned that this day was coming. And yet, through Tawana Brawley, Rodney King, Duke Lacrosse, most Whites still sing “We Shall Overcome” and get teary eyed over a Morgan Freeman voice-over about “Dr.” “Martin” “Luther” the King. (Quotes are around the parts of Kings name that are fake or false. That’s alot, don’t ya think?)

    The Great Enoch Powell warned of “Rivers of Blood” in his famous speech. Do you yet realize that this is inevitable? If you’ve never read his speech, do yourself a favor and read one of the great orators and prophets of the 20th century. Every word he spoke has come to pass, or will very soon.

    The White half of Zimmerman is today discovering that one drop of White blood is enough to be guilty. Guilty of “Racism” without chance to prove himself innocent. One drop of White blood is enough to qualify him for the cross without proof, without evidence, without consideration. Unfortunately, Whites only learn this lesson individually, it never penetrates our conscience collectively. That will be our undoing.

    Zimmerman has found out that he will be prosecuted for failing to quietly die at the violent hands of Trayvon Martin. We’re all sharing that cell with Zimmerman, because soon enough, YOU will be required to give up your money, your daughter, you wife, even your life to the violent black thug who decides to prey upon your family. Whites will have the choice of prison for life or death. Maybe we should do something about that before it’s too late?

  • jainphx

    Well it seems to me that over the last 50 years or so, that a crime is coverd up by hollering racism or profiling. The Detroit riots started over a raid on an after hours club. This raid caused the burning of a good part of the city, and over time caused the city to disintigrate. here we have a bumb walking in a gated community, in the rain, with a back back that had burglary tools. The crimes seem to mean nothing, now the law abiding are charged with RACISM and PROFILING. It’s like those with aids were protected from job dismissal, even though they were a danger, non of that mattered the politics needed to take precidence. We live in a sick world.

  • bg


    Gary #23 April 13, 2012 at 9:14 am

    they also swore up and down that GZ said “fvcking coon” while playing
    the edited piece of the 911 tape over & over again via news reports..

    just a sample:

    March 21, 2012

    Zimmerman was on the ground being
    punched when he shot Trayvon Martin

    1. The witness reports that George Zimmerman was on
    the ground and Trayvon is on top of him punching him.

    2. The witness says that George Zimmerman
    was screaming and yelling for help.

    3. Police arrive and find Zimmerman bleeding on his face and the back of
    his head. He also has had grass stains on his back. All this confirms the
    story told by Zimmerman and the witness.

    4.Police play the 911 tape for Trayvon Martin’s father, who
    tells police that the voice screaming is NOT the voice of his

    March 24, 2012

    Friend Tells ABC News Howls on 911
    Tapes Belong to Zimmerman, Not Martin

    [“We wanted to come forward because allegations of racism just
    aren’t true. His friends speak highly of him,” said attorney Greg
    Sonner, who has been representing Zimmerman for two weeks.

    Zimmerman’s friend said that the howls heard on the 911 call,
    which helped galvanize the nation against Zimmerman, in fact
    belonged to Zimmerman, not Martin.

    A witness who saw Martin on top of Zimmerman told ABC
    News the same: the pleas for help were Zimmerman’s.

    The witness reports that George Zimmerman was on
    the ground and Trayvon is on top of him punching him.

    The witness says that George Zimmerman was screaming and yelling
    for help.Police arrive and find Zimmerman bleeding on his face and the
    back of his head. He also has had grass stains on his back. All this
    confirms the story told by Zimmerman and the witness.]

    Witness counters Trayvon Martin media narrative

    [On the recording of another 911 call, repeated
    cries of “help” can be heard before the gunshot.

    The witness, identified only as John, says those cries were made
    by Zimmerman who was on the ground being beaten by Martin.

    “The guy on the bottom who had a red sweater on was yelling to me:
    ‘help, help … and I told him to stop and I was calling 911,” he said.

    Martin was wearing a gray hoodie, while Zimmerman was wearing red.

    “When I got upstairs and looked down, the guy who was on top beating up
    the other guy, was the one laying in the grass, and I believe he was dead
    at that point,” John said.]

    April 7, 2012

    George Zimmerman Passed Lie Detector
    Test Immediately After Shooting

    btw, Obama’s black hole machine is already sucking up article’s that buck
    his unabashedly racist ‘could have been Trayvon’s father’ narrative.. 🙁


  • bg


    ht Mike in VA

    Treyvon Martin & black slaves


  • gwhh

    this man be a liberal. but he always had the ability to THINK! which makes he one of the rarest forms of liberals!!

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  • bg


    re: #31 April 13, 2012 at 10:14 am bg

    re: [“fvcking coon”]

    DIAGNOSTIC: George Zimmerman Clearly says
    “Fvcking Coons” Before Killing Trayvon Martin

    April 5, 2012

    Third News Network Admits to False
    Reporting on George Zimmerman

    re: WorriedDad #28 April 13, 2012 at 9:38 am

    March 21, 2012

    MSNBC’s Convenient Ellipses Make Zimmerman Look Racist

    [“This guy looks like he’s up to no good … he looks black,” Zimmerman told a police dispatcher from his car. His father has said that Zimmerman is Hispanic, grew up in a multiracial family, and is not racist.

    The quote gives the impression Zimmer was somehow equating the fact that Martin was black with his looking suspicious, or “up to no good.” Here is what MSNBC/NBC News left out thanks to a convenient ellipsis.

    ZIMMERMAN: This guy looks like he’s up to no good, [begin ellipsis] or he’s on drugs or something. It’s raining and he’s just walking around, looking about.

    911 DISPATCHER: Okay, is this guy, is
    he white, black, or Hispanic? [end ellipsis]

    ZIMMERMAN: He looks black.

    Not only did Zimmerman not equate Martin’s skin color with his looking suspicious; he didn’t even initiate the comment. It was simply a response to the police dispatcher. What the full quote does seem to make certain is that at that period in time, Zimmerman wasn’t even positive as to what race Martin was. He was speculating based upon what he could determine at night in the rain to answer the police dispatcher.]


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  • StrangernFiction

    This REPUBLICAN prosecutor appointed by REPUBLICAN governor Scott used her press conferance to give any number of sympathetic “shout outs” to the Martin family.

    It isn’t about R vs. D.

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  • DREW

    I think she overcharged on purpose. They charge zimmerman with 2nd degree murder to prevent rioting. Now the system works and everything is right in the world. At trial the thin case is revealed and he walks, but they avoid, hopefully, any rioting etc. Had she come out and not charged Zimmerman there woould have been riots all over Florida and probably across the country.

    Let it go to trial where a jury of his peers find him Not Guilty. If Casey Anthony can be found not guilty due to lack of evidence I am sure Zimmerman will be too.

  • Read the story of 12 year old Cristian Femandez who Corey charged with 1st degree murder of his 2 year step-brother who could spend his life in prision ……………..http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/story/2012-04-11/corey-florida-prosecutor-trayvon-martin/54189310/1……….this woman is over zealous loon

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  • Some far left guy told me today how all of Zimmerman’s injuries had been “Photoshopped” in his opinion. I encouraged him not to convict Zimmerman without trial, but he just said he was certain Zimmerman would be convicted. I honestly think this guy has been railroaded. The ONLY credible part of this case in the EYE WITNESS report, that confirms George’s story. Dershowitz (even though I disgaree with his politics), he knows the legal system, and I think he might be right on this. I’m glad I can laugh at the guy I spoke to because he was wrong, but I fear for Florida, what with the Black Panthers down there and Holder not doing his job.

  • I am from Florida and worked in law enforcement for twenty years. I’ve dealt with the SAO for all of that time. I talked with my ex-partner about this and we both agreed we were disappointed but not surprised. Scott and Corey made what will amount to a “political arrest”. (Amazing to even say that out loud. Lets you know how far we’ve fallen.)

    I could go into greater detail, but the fact the Corey canned the grand jury and then sent out a probable cause affidavit that reflects the MSM’s initial reporting shows how bad her case is.

    Corey’s press conference talking about how “sweet” the parents were and calling trayvon by his first name and Zimmerman by his last are what we call “tells”.

    But this has nothing to do with justice or right or wrong, guilty or innocent. This is about appeasement. At my blog, which I can write now that I’m retired, I go into detail using another author’s very good article as a base.

    I “walked” through the 911 call and downloaded the actual satellite map of the complex. There are four points of interest 1. Zimmerman’s location, 2. Martin’s initial location, 3. Martin’s residence, 4. Lethal contact point.

    Unless we are missing something, according to Zimmerman’s own voice he lost contact with Martin after the kid turned on him and then took off. You can actually hear Zimmerman complain about him getting away. Martin was running toward his house and then suddenly they are in contact again BACK at near the initial point of contact. Why?

    Simple. Martin turned back towards Zimmerman’s position. If the phones were GPS’ed this would be over, or should be in a state where lawyers can’t rewrite the definition of due process in order to seek “justice” for some complaining group.

    I hope Zimmerman’s new attorney does not convince Zimmerman that he should be a martyr to avoid a potential race war. I see someone like that young man taking the hit for what he thought was the greater good, Me, I’d let them make a fool out of themselves then sue them for wrongful prosecution. If Zimmerman pleas in hopes to avoid more trouble for the society, he not only betray himself, he betrays justice and will hurt all of us. What kind of nation have we become where politics can lead to the loss of a man’s freedom?


    archer52 on April 13, 2012 at 5:44 PM

  • bg


    archer52 #45 April 13, 2012 at 4:53 pm

    thanks, sounds exactly like the following detailed it..

    March 29, 2012

    Evidence that Trayvon Martin Doubled Back


  • ploome

    you mean REAL Law Professor Dershowitz

  • tommy mc donnell

    zimmerman’s indictment is a monument to the racism of the political left. what i’m going to saying is pure speculation, this controversy is a journalOlist operation. the media thought in zimmerman they found the Great White Defendent that could use to help gin up white guilt and create racial hostility as a means of helping obama’s campaign. with three and a half weeks to get the story straight they come up with a scenario that is so full of inaccuracies and outright lies it boggles the mind. their perfect defendent turns out to be a democrat and has an hispanic( a protected class of liberal america)mother. hence the distortions and out right lies; edit the tapes, pictures that give a distorted view of the ages and size of the combatants, tells lies and then after the narrative is out there make a retraction. the crime here has been committed by the media.

  • Ronald R. Johnson

    This fat grinning pig state attorney is trying to use a Young Dead criminals Body that has been presented as a good honest,never done no wrong Tiny 80# looking little boy that was murdered by a mean old racist neighborhood watch guy for no reason.All so she can have all the Black racists push her up the ladder to higher office! When was it even before a trial a state attorney grinned at the dead persons family, prayed with them while charging someone with a crime with such weak evidence! She should be put on trial!
    Stand your ground law is a great law because we no longer have to run for our lives when attacked by anyone or any group and hope we can out run them or maybe shot in the back as we run away! Stand your ground law is only bad for criminals!

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  • Albert W. L. Moore, Jr.

    Harvard Professor Dershowitz gets a “D” due to grade inflation.
    His answer might be fine as far as it goes, but he misses the main issue.
    This is governed by the Civil Rights cases I studied at The Law School where he teaches, including the lynching cases, in which people unduly influenced the courts and other public authorities, or usurped their functions.
    Indeed, this case is a fortiori, for the old Civil Rights cases didn’t have a pretender to the Office of President, who relinquished his American citizenship for Indonesian citizenship to evade the obligation to register for the Selective Service back in 1981, who pretends to be half-Negro by claiming his adoptive father as his birth father in order to make racist appeals, and who fuels racist passions and strife in this matter by his own racists remarks and through his violently hateful racist proxies.
    I’ve asked Dershowitz whether he still “likes” the Great Pretender a.k.a. the Great Mole, whom he “voted for” in 2008. He has not responded.

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  • Tran

    As usual the masses have completely missed the point. Whether Dershowitz is an ass or not is besides the point. He brings up a fact that is imporant to explore. The affidavit lacks proper attribution. It fails miserably to explain how the each piece of information in the affidavit is actually known. A proper affidavit must explain how each link in the chain gained the information — how everyone knew what they knew — so that the judge can make an intelligent assessment that the evidence is sufficient to warrant an indictment or trial. The Zimmerman affidavit does not even come close to doing this. It basically reads “we investigated a bunch of stuff, and here’s what we learned,” followed by a narrative of what someone believes happened.

    The real question ALL of you should be asking, is why was it so poorly written. People PAY ATTENTION, don’t get distracted by the political and race baiting games. Ask the real questions.