Noted liberal law professor and pundit Alan Dershowitz has not taken up the PC line in the Zimmerman case. Au contraire. Something about prosecutor Angela Corey’s behavior has really gotten his goat, as was evident in this video.
After the release of the photo, however, Dershowitz went much further, telling Breitbart News that if the prosecutors did have the photo and didn’t mention it in the affidavit, that would constitute a “grave ethical violation,” since affidavits are supposed to contain “all relevant information.”
Dershowitz continued, “An affidavit that willfully misstates undisputed evidence known to the prosecution is not only unethical but borders on perjury because an affiant swears to tell not only the truth, but the whole truth, and suppressing an important part of the whole truth is a lie.”
When asked if it made a difference whether the prosecution had the bloody photograph at the time they charged Zimmerman, Dershowitz responded, “We do know that there were earlier photographs before the affidavit was done that strongly suggested blood on the back of the head, and we know the police had first access to him, so if there was blood they [the prosecution] would know about it …
“I’ve had cases in Florida against prosecutors,” Dershowitz said, “and this is not the first time they have willfully omitted exculpatory evidence. It’s a continuing problem. Here, it’s not only immoral, but stupid. The whole country is watching. What do they benefit from having half-truths in an affidavit?”
Dershowitz’s anger at Corey is probably not such a surprise. Liberals traditionally have championed the rights of defendants, and at this point Zimmerman is a defendant. For Dershowitz, that trumps the racial angle, although it wouldn’t do so for everyone. My impression (and some of you will probably disagree) is that Dershowitz also is actually interested in the truth.
But in answer to his question, “What do they benefit from having half-truths in an affidavit?”, I think he ought to know the answer: the benefit is not legal, it is propagandist. The court of public opinion is the forum in which they’re looking to win. Even if Zimmerman is acquitted legally, they’re hoping that most people will have already concluded he is guilty, and become angry at the system that failed to convict.