Trouble for prosecutors in Trayvon Martin case?
Alan Dershowitz weighs in on new evidence
- Duration 6:11
- Date May 20, 2012
Alan Dershowitz weighs in on new evidence
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-- on -- made national headlines a couple of months ago.
And the national media turned it into a story about racial profiling and a vigilante killing a black teenager just from walking around his neighborhood.
The defendant George -- claimed he shot trade on in self defense.
And it has finally released this week for the prosecutor's office shows armaments suffered two black eyes a broken nose and cuts to the back of the head.
Injuries that could have been caused during a struggle.
Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz says the prosecutors.
Have bungled the case.
I spoke to him earlier.
Great to have you here there -- some shocking evidence that came forward this week that was released.
Not only about the medical condition of George Zimmerman.
Which was not included in the prosecutor's affidavit but also indication close range gunshot wound to -- on -- And no other signs of injury other than bloody knuckles indicating that they -- have been used to create the broken nose on George armament.
What is most shocking about the new evidence in the -- We haven't heard before.
What's most shocking is that the prosecutor was aware of most of the evidence in general outline -- she made a deliberate willful and ethical unprofessional and illegal decision.
To withhold that evidence not from you and me in the media but from the courts and from.
The affidavit that she filed in support of an overblown second degree murder prosecution you mentioned illegal that's a strong -- it is you're allegation is.
That because she knowingly.
Willingly deliberately withheld critical evidence that would affect the outcome not only a public opinion this is not about what the public thinks.
This is about the guilt or innocence of a man accused in a horrible long so that takes it to a different level because it does and she may have -- even worse than that the information suggests that she actually may have withheld some of this information.
From the police officer whose affidavit she submitted in other words she may have -- -- the information in a way.
To permit that police officer file an affidavit that didn't include this material and then she could say you know sitting there like and I don't see anything I don't know anything.
Oh whoa -- -- he didn't know about that but the prosecutor's office was fully aware of much of this information.
When they filed that affidavit and then you mention in your intro that the media talked about profiling.
It was the prosecutor talked about profiling in the affidavit itself.
He uses the term that Zimmerman was profiling.
-- and when he was asked about it what was the basis he's racist which is made up.
And that's a very subjective point of view to get inside the mind of George -- and unless he is.
Maybe blogs are written are somehow spoke on the record.
Comments that indicated that he was racist comments that indicated that he distrusted people of color.
There is no indication it I think it's is either grandfather great grandfather who was after an American whose father was Hispanic.
I sometimes -- a little confused even when people use the term white Hispanic which we even said in the intro what I'm not sure what that means.
The point is.
You can't just alleged racism can UN in legal filings unless there is some evidence to indicate that no.
And certainly when you're finally an affidavit it has to be based on the truth -- whole truth and nothing but the truth.
And if you deliberately submit a half truth.
That's a lot.
And this affidavit.
And the submissions by the prosecutor.
Constituted a half truth that is a lie and she -- to be investigated.
For what she's done she's also not -- -- much works.
She sees her job essentially is to prevent riots.
She said essentially reading between lines I'm -- -- and justice for Zimmerman her job is to do justice for trade on Marten.
And that's obviously not the prosecutor's job but she's raised expectations she's.
It's indicted or informed for second degree murder there was never any basis for second degree murder that raises expectations.
No reasonable jury.
And get to the jury in a minute we guess it's going to be very hard to get the jury that isn't afraid for its own -- -- it -- but no reasonable jury will convict on the basis of this evidence -- second degree murder.
Expectations will be raised and then lowered.
And if there are god forbid any riots -- demonstrations.
The finger of responsibility will point directly at this prosecutor.
I almost can't imagine.
They're not being some type of very violent reaction.
Given that there was a pretty violent.
I guess -- would even before charges were filed people were absolutely demanding that someone get arrested.
That someone get charged as someone go to jail for this thing now -- Zimmerman.
Ends up getting acquitted or even perhaps more.
Maybe interestingly the charges dropped.
This could make the Rodney King aftermath -- look looked pain.
Well you know you can understand why they'd be reaction because the public wasn't aware of the fact take for example he wasn't arrested he was arrested.
He was handcuffed.
He was in voluntarily put in a police man.
Taken to police headquarters I teach criminal law that is and arrest he was arrested.
He was then released when the prosecution.
Couldn't make out a case infect.
One of the officers recommended a prosecution though not for murder.
For manslaughter never -- Anybody to charge for murder until this politically motivated prosecutor who has a terrible reputation for overcharging came in and -- -- we'll charge the second member I'll be -- hero.
By the time the case gets resolved years from now people forget about that and she eliminates responsibility near the Justice Department has a slogan.
On its front door says the government wings went ever justice prevails that's the job with the prosecutor.
And she has not been doing.
It's always a pleasure to visit with -- you and thanks for your candor as well manager extraordinary inside thank you so --