Saturday, June 09, 2012

Alan Dershowitz: George Zimmerman Special Persecutor Angela Corey Wants to Sue Me and Have Me Disbarred for Criticizing Her, but She Belongs in Jail

for Perjury

State Attorney Angela Corey (AP Photo)

By Nicholas Stix

Harvard Law professor Alan Dershowitz has repeatedly implied that Florida special prosecutor Angela Corey, the woman whom Gov. Rick Scott gave the job of railroading crime victim George Zimmerman, committed perjury in her affidavit of probable cause, which goit Zimmerman indicted for second-degree murder Here he uses the strongest possible language, short of saying, “Angela Corey committed perjury,” yet leaves no doubt as to his meaning. My running commentary appears in brackets.

Meanwhile, that Corey would seek to intimidate Harvard and Dershowitz with empty threats of civil suits would embarrass her, if she had any sense of shame.

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Dershowitz: Zimmerman Prosecutor Threatening to Sue Harvard for My Criticism
Tuesday, 5 June 2012, 5:54 p.m.
By Alan Dershowitz

Alan M. Dershowitz’s Perspective: State Attorney Angela Corey, the prosecutor in the George Zimmerman case, recently called the Dean of Harvard Law School to complain about my criticism of some of her actions.

She was transferred to the Office of Communications and proceeded to engage in a 40-minute rant, during which she threatened to sue Harvard Law School, to try to get me disciplined by the Bar Association and to file charges against me for libel and slander.

She said that because I work for Harvard and am identified as a professor she had the right to sue Harvard.

When the communications official explained to her that I have a right to express my opinion as “a matter of academic freedom,” and that Harvard has no control over what I say, she did not seem to understand.

She persisted in her nonstop whining, claiming that she is prohibited from responding to my attacks by the rules of professional responsibility — without mentioning that she has repeatedly held her own press conferences and made public statements throughout her career.

Her beef was that I criticized her for filing a misleading affidavit that willfully omitted all information about the injuries Zimmerman had sustained during the “struggle” it described. She denied that she had any obligation to include in the affidavit truthful material that was favorable to the defense.

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. [Dershowitz is saying here that Corey perjured herself.]

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.

That is Hamlet without the Prince!

The judge deciding whether there is probable cause to charge the defendant with second degree murder should not have been kept in the dark about physical evidence that is so critical to determining whether a homicide occurred, and if so, a homicide of what degree. By omitting this crucial evidence, Corey deliberately misled the court. [Again, he’s saying that she perjured herself.]

Corey seems to believe that our criminal justice system is like a poker game in which the prosecution is entitled to show its cards only after the judge has decided to charge the defendant with second degree murder. [That reverses the burden of proof, and eliminates the requirement of probable cause, or anything else, that prosecutors must show, before they can get a judge to indict someone with a crime, without having first empaneled a grand jury.]

That’s not the way the system is supposed to work and that’s not the way prosecutors are supposed to act. That a prosecutor would hide behind the claim that she did not have an obligation to tell the whole truth until after the judge ruled on probable cause displays a kind of gamesmanship in which prosecutors should not engage.

The prisons, both in Florida and throughout the United States, are filled with felons who submitted sworn statements that contained misleading half truths. Corey herself has probably prosecuted such cases. [If Dershowitz had not already repeatedly implied that Corey was guilty of perjury, I’d say that he was arguing that she is no better than a convicted, imprisoned, perjurer, but that ship has sailed.]

Ironically, Corey has now succeeded in putting Zimmerman back in prison for a comparably misleading omission in his testimony. His failure to disclose money received from a PayPal account requesting donations for his legal defense made his testimony misleadingly incomplete.

In her motion to revoke his bail, Corey argued that Zimmerman “intentionally deceived the court” by making “false representations.” The same can be said about prosecutor Corey. She too misled and deceived the court by submitting an affidavit that relied on a review of photographs and other reports that showed injuries to Zimmerman, without disclosing the existence of these highly relevant injuries.

Even if Angela Corey’s actions were debatable, which I believe they were not, I certainly have the right, as a professor who has taught and practiced criminal law nearly 50 years, to express a contrary view. 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. [Actually, the phrase is that “the truth is an absolute defense” against charges of defamation.]

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. [Implying that if she doesn’t like it here, she should go there.]

We do not want to become such a country.

Alan M. Dershowitz is the Felix Frankfurter Professor of Law at Harvard Law School. He is a graduate of Brooklyn College and Yale Law School. Read more reports from Alan M. Dershowitz — Click Here Now.


Anonymous said...

Unfortunately, the US has now become exactly that sort of a country, along with selected other countries in what used to be known as the "Western World".


PDK said...

Angela Cory has that smell of liberal about her. It seems obvious that she is catering to liberal ideology of both liberal whites and liberal blacks instead of justice.

I love that liberal attitude I can cheat but you can`t.

This no story was created by the liberal MSM by splicing and dicing, editing and misapropriating inacurate words to elicit the black dolts self created persecution complex, which once elicited must be protected supported and defended at all cost. This translates into, if injustice transpires, and GZ is found quilty of murder2, the blacks will cheer loud and long. If justice is served, and GZ is found innocent, then blacks will riot long and hard.

After seeing all the facts and hearing GZ story of events, the incident is a clear case of justifable homicide.

The quilty parties here are Trayvon, his parents, black leaders and liberal whites.

This is an election year. Perhaps the liberals can time the innocent verdict just in time to cause blacks to be rioting on election day. Causing many whites not to vote and throwing the election to BHO, the anti American Messiahnic POTUS.

Liberalism is the enemy from within, blacks are 95% liberal. Thank you.

Refugee Racket Webteam said...

Why has Ms. Corey risen to such a high level in Florida's govt? She has not impressed me at all. Her mike time has left me apalled. Her biased statements regarding the Trayvon family and her obvious emotional sentiments (whether feigned or true) were unprofessional. If there is justice, and I hope there will be, this will blow up, Zimmerman will walk free, and Corey will be exposed as the naked empress. Zimmerman will sue and win a settlement for wrongful persecution. Of course, Corey will go on without punishment as a part of the govt machine, destroying the white race.

jedtied said...

Corey is on the inside track to a Fed. job in DC.

She indicted Zimmerman under a fraudulent charge, so he will be acquited in late October. The riots will begin, Obama's base will be energized, and he can call martial law for the emergency and postpone the elections if the energy isn't enough to win the election.

It's all a set up, and Corey is playing her part and will be rewarded for it.

Anonymous said...

Stay strong Mr. Dershowitz.

Sowff said...

Corey is an embarrassment to the legal profession, and should be reported to her State Bar.