Were Zimmerman's civil rights violated?

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    Wait a minute, I thought this was libs vs cons argument. Dersh has a lot of nerve breaking rank.
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    Dershowitz calls for Federal Civil Rights Investigation

    On behalf of Zimmerman!

    Dershowitz singled out special prosecutor Angela Corey for “disciplinary action.”

    He criticized the state’s probable-cause affidavit for not including evidence indicating Zimmerman could have been acting in self-defense, including graphic images of blood streaming from his scalp and nose.

    “The prosecutor had in her possession photographs that would definitely show a judge that this was not an appropriate case for second-degree murder,” the Harvard professor told Newsmax. “She deliberately withheld and suppressed those photographs, refused to show them to the judge, got the judge to rule erroneously this was a second-degree murder case.

    “That violated a whole range of ethical, professional, and legal obligations that prosecutors have. Moreover, they withheld other evidence in the course of the pretrial and trial proceedings, as has been documented by the defense team,” he said.

    Dershowitz described the prosecution’s attempt late in the case to add a third-degree murder charge by asserting the shooting constituted child abuse “so professionally irresponsible as to warrant sanctions and investigations.”

    Dershowitz said various legal and bar association organizations could investigate how the state handled the prosecution. He added it could warrant a federal investigation as well.

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    Dershowitz tells Newsmax he expects there will probably be a lawsuit filed against Zimmerman for civil damages. He said civil-damage cases require a lower standard of proof that a wrong has been committed, and Zimmerman would not be able to avoid testifying.

    But Dershowitz adds: “I don’t know where you’ll find a lawyer who is prepared to bring it, because it has very little chance of success.”

    Asked if he expects Attorney General Eric Holder’s Justice Department to launch a civil-rights investigation targeting Zimmerman, Dershowitz stated: “I don’t think that’s going to happen, and if it happens, I don’t think it would succeed.”
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    The case never would have been brought, but for the antics of our race baiting president, and the mob mentality fueled by the media. I agree with Dershowitz; the prosecutors engaged in significant misconduct. Prosecutors aren't allowed to withold exculpatory evidence, but they most certainly did here.
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    But the POTUS is now pressuring the justice department to bring charges against Zimmerman. What a race baiting tool.
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    ..."but he (Dershowitz) says the probe should focus on prosecutorial misconduct rather than on allegations of racial profiling and bias."

    Angela Corey?
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    Mods can you merge with PSGator66's thread. I missed it.
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    If Corey really did carry out this prosecution just to air the issues and not because of a subjective and objectively reasonable belief in the defendant's guilt and her ability to satisfy the burden of proof, hell yeah he should sue. You can't make an American citizen live under bond restrictions with a curfew and an ankle bracelet for a year just so you can soothe the public.
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    Agreed. Pretty clear that is exactly what happened. It started with the police chief getting canned.
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    I caught that too, which is whacked.

    But if she wanted to do laundry, she could have laundered it in the Grand Jury. Of course, even though it would be solely her presentation to any GJ, she could have run the risk of failing to obtain an indictment on such weak facts, and showing all of the evidence to the GJ. And, she likely would have to have called George Zimmerman, which if no indictment was returned, would have made her look stupid. Er.

    A "straw" prosecution, it was, not one in good faith as the Oath of Office requires. Hey, let's make a citizen run the gauntlet, and let's just see how it comes out. The public will be appeased, and who knows, we might even can buffalo out a conviction. Win-win. :huh: :jeez: :crazy:
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