Alan Dershowitz, a nationally known professor of law at Harvard, blasted Special Prosecutor Angela Corey’s handling of the George Zimmerman prosecution on Sunday and called for her to be disbarred.
On Fox’s “Mike Huckabee Show,” Dershowitz accused Corey of being deliberately misleading when she sought a second-degree murder charge against Zimmerman in the February 2011 shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. Dershowitz said Corey withheld photos from her presentation that showed Zimmerman had suffered injuries to his face and the back of his head during his struggle with Martin.
“She submitted an affidavit that was, if not perjurious, completely misleading,” Dershowitz said. “She violated all kinds of rules of the profession, and her conduct bordered on criminal conduct.”
He said Corey turned the trial into a farce by trying to get a “compromise” manslaughter conviction mid-trial.
“And then, she went even further and said that she was going to charge him with child abuse and felony murder,” Dershowitz said. “That was such a stretch that it goes beyond anything professionally responsible.”
Besides being a supporter of liberal causes – particularly involving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict – Dershowitz is a celebrity lawyer who acted as an appeals-level adviser to O.J. Simpson’s defense team and whose clients in a long career have included Mike Tyson and Patty Hearst.
He said that kind of experience made him particularly harsh toward Corey.
“She was among the most irresponsible prosecutors I’ve seen in 50 years of litigating cases,” Dershowitz said. “And believe me, I’ve seen good prosecutors, bad prosecutors, but rarely have I seen one as bad as this prosecutor.”
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