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!