Dershowitz: Zimmerman Has Defamation Case Against Florida Prosecutor

Bill Hoffmann, Newsmax, July 15, 2013

Outrage is growing over the jaw-dropping statement by Florida state prosecutor Angela Corey that George Zimmerman, acquitted of murder and manslaughter in the death of Trayvon Martin, is still a “murderer.”

Renowned civil-rights lawyer Alan Dershowitz told “The Steve Malzberg Show” on Newsmax TV that Zimmerman has reason to launch a defamation of character case against Corey.

“Clearly he is somebody who was acquitted by a jury on the grounds of self-defense and she shouldn’t be going around second-guessing the jury verdict and calling him a murderer,” the veteran Harvard Law professor said.

“He probably has a defamation action against her. She has no immunity as a prosecutor for appearing on television and if I were his lawyer I would think seriously about bringing a defamation lawsuit against her.”

On an interview taped after Zimmerman’s acquittal Saturday and airing Monday night on CNN’s Headline News program “HLN After Dark,” Corey is asked for a word that comes to mind for the former neighborhood-watch volunteer.

“Murderer,” she says after several seconds of silence.

Other noted legal experts also expressed their disgust at Corey’s remark, agreeing with Dershowitz that it could spur legal action by Zimmerman.

“That is shockingly inappropriate, unethical conduct by a prosecutor. And frankly, she might very well be sued for it—and properly so,” noted criminal attorney and CNN legal analyst Paul Callan told Steve Malzberg.

“Prosecutors get immunity when they’re acting within the scope of their employment as prosecutors. But appearing on a TV show doing a word association game is not going to give her immunity. Now that’s really stunning.”

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Dershowitz, who has defended such clients as Claus von Bulow, Mike Tyson, Patricia Hearst and Jim Bakker, said the violence-free response to the verdict was thanks to the “really excellent behavior” of the Martin family.

But, he added, that if it had gone the other way, Corey would have to be blamed.

“If there had been violence, she would be responsible for it because she raised expectations,” he said.

“She got a second-degree murder charge, she basically told the judge that there was a case here for second-degree murder and there was never a chance of getting a verdict in this case.”

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He said the Justice Department and Attorney General Eric Holder should not pursue a federal civil-rights violations case against Zimmerman.

“This is not an appropriate use of Justice Department authority. It’s now been turned into a political football,” Dershowitz said.

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  • NeanderthalDNA

    I’m willing to grant honorary White status to Zimmerman if he goes ahead and sues.

    • Eagle_Eyed

      I’ve become a big fan of his brother. He absolutely destroys the left-wing interrogators in the media.

      • NeanderthalDNA

        My criteria for White being…

        1. Look White
        2. Act White
        3. Live White
        4. Self identify as White

        Thus far based on all I’ve seen and learned about the Zimmermans, under the understanding that like 3 of four of the above yardstick can result in “white enough for me”…

        Yeah, OK with extension of some form of “White” to these guys. The brother is pretty cool.

        Hell, the blacks sure seem to think they be White.

        • IanJMacDonald

          Some of our worst enemies are white. Some of our best allies in the coming years may in fact be non-white.

          • NeanderthalDNA

            In the United States of Diversica most East Asians socially qualify as “white”. And too, whatever one may think of the Mexicans, at least they hate them as well.
            Triangulation?

        • Romulus

          The blacks suffer in part from race (Benjamin) jealousy!!

      • Talltrees

        His brother is indeed intelligent and capable of holding his own with anyone.

        • itdoesnotmatter

          Brother is an attorney, I think.

          Agree, his rational, articulate speech and composed demeanor are almost statesman like.
          Zman’s family is an educated, accomplished lot. George is probably the least.

          • Creepy as a cracker!

            If he is not an attorney he surely speaks better then most attorneys I have ever dealt with.

          • Paleoconn

            But even George I thought was masterful in interviews. Bunch of cool dudes.

            I wonder if GZ will ever bother to mentor any other black youths.

      • Creepy as a cracker!

        His brother is extremely articulate. He sounds like a professional paid spokesperson. Does anyone know what he does for a living?

        • jane johnson

          Bodyguard?

        • E_Pluribus_Pluribus

          “Extremely articulate” is no exaggeration. The brother is a rare television presence.

        • Paleoconn

          His one slip up is where he pronounced “imminent” as “eminent”. But hey, everybody’s a critic! haha

          I like your avatar. This whole summer at the ballpark I plan to change the Take Me Out To The Ballgame lyric to “buy me some creepy-ass Cracker Jack” in honor of the regal Ms. Jeantel.

      • Paleoconn

        Such an articulate, poised, professional man. The way he put slimy Piers Morgan in his back pocket is a thing of beauty. His demolition of the Brit commie was almost equal to Ben Shapiro and Larry Pratt’s dismantling of him. But Zimmerman’s was more impressive given his invested emotion and the strength it must have required to keep his cool in front of such an aggressive, insolent, hateful interrogator.

        • There was no more appropriate talking head to do the Rachel Jeantel interview than Piers Morgan. One oblivious twit deserves another.

          • Paleoconn

            I just suffered through half of part 1 of that “interview” then I had to smash my droid. I’m on my laptop now pretending that “tete-a-empty tete” didn’t happen

  • Eagle_Eyed

    Sue as many as possible to at least force settlements. Given the danger associated with being out in public, this may be Zimmerman’s only source of income.

    • He needs to launch that lawsuit quickly, too, just so Corey can’t conceal assets. Given her firing of whistleblower Bruidbos, we no she’s a dishonest dirtbag.

    • The__Bobster

      Hell, the lying monsters that created Treeboon got a cool million for a thug. Imagine what Zman could get.

  • ncpride

    Why no mention of the whistleblower who was fired for exposing this corrupt ‘team’ for withholding evidence? That alone should be grounds for a lawsuit and disbarment. I really hope he goes after this vicious piece of scum and ruins her life just as she so desperately tried to ruin his.This case just keeps getting more bizarre by the day.

  • ravitchn

    Since blacks are more than whites prone to violence, it should be accepted that blacks are more likely than not to be guilty of crime. Prudence demands this despite politically correct nonsense. Even the Reeeevrand Jesse Jackson crosses the street at night rather than meet up with young blacks likely to be up to no good.
    Some day the refusal of blacks to accept the responsibilities of civilization will sadly REQUIRE A RECKONING.

  • [Guest]

    I would like to see Zimmerman sue and win, and I would like to see new media celebrity Rachel Jeantel charged with perjury.

    Also, I would like to see the state bar censure Corey.

    >>>…the violence-free response to the verdict…

    The response has not been violence-free. The “peaceful” demonstrations have included damage to property, and blacks are engaging in “This is for Trayvon” attacks on white people.

    • libertarian1234

      These anti-white “revenge” attacks are going to continue on and likely escalate the more Holder, Obama and the black talking heads incite these people with accusations of racism by the jurors and telling them they’re still relegated to the back of the bus and have no rights.

      If I’m honest, however, I’ve got to say I like it, because it will keep the brainless anti-white rhetoric going at fever pitch and that’s what we need in order to give unaware whites a sustained picture of what blacks are all about.

      If these same out-of-touch whites see black talking heads screaming insanely with violence-laden rhetoric, it’s far better than a thousand examples and endless warnings.

      • MBlanc46

        “If I’m honest, however, I’ve got to say I like it, because it will
        keep the brainless anti-white rhetoric going at fever pitch and that’s
        what we need in order to give unaware whites a sustained picture of what
        blacks are all about.

        If these same out-of-touch whites see black talking heads screaming
        insanely with violence-laden rhetoric, it’s far better than a thousand
        examples and endless warnings.”

        I hope that your sense of things comes to pass and that a lot of white consciousness is raised. I’m more than a bit uneasy that too many whites will cower before the onslaught and confess to anything to make it stop.

      • [Guest]

        I’ve thought along those lines for a while now, even as far back as when Orenthal Simpson butchered two people like hogs and was found not guilty because he’s black and his victims were white. If THAT didn’t wake up a few million white Americans, nothing can.

        • I’d guess that ten years of “Knockout Game” and twenty years of car-jackings are also helping.

      • Romulus

        Absolutely! So many are disengaged. Too busy paying the taxes that support 2/3 of the worlds economies,suffering from all of the worlds “victim” fatigue, loss of cultural and racial identity, or as on the left, deluded , brain dead and partying too much. Many are unaware of this and other excellent message boards as well.

  • Luca

    I think every resident of Florida should file a complaint with the State’s Attorney General Pam Bondi. I am sure Angela Corey has violated rules of professional conduct and has publicly acted in an unethical manner. She brings shame to the legal profession and is an embarrassment to the State of Florida.

    Zimmerman was exonerated by a jury and yet she continues to classify him as a murderer. Sounds like defamation, slander and lots of pain and suffering to me.

    I think Zimmerman should stand his ground against this liberal ilk, as should the IT guy who was fired by her..

    • The__Bobster

      And the fired Sanford police chief should get a settlement as well as his job back.

  • Talltrees

    These comments from Dershowitz are a surprise. Very left leaning.

    Angela Corey is Syrian Arab descent. Does that say anything?

    • The__Bobster

      Incompetent AA hire with an axe to grind?

    • Romulus

      With a name like that!!! Fascinating!

    • TheAntidote

      Bingo. I thought of that too, but let’s be honest, she went after him first. At the beginning he said there was nothing there, that Zimmerman should not have been arrested because had committed no crime. She immediately called Harvard and demanded to have him censured or worse.

      • Going after Alan Dershowitz, Corey was clearly out of her league. Political ideology aside, he’s smarter than she is. For instance, I’ll just bet that Dershowitz is bright enough to not conceal discovery from a defense attorney and then make it obvious the act was deliberate by firing the whistleblower.

  • Creepy as a cracker!

    I don’t agree with Dershowitz often but in this case he has been right on the money.

    • MBlanc46

      I was quite influenced by his writing on this case, I sure don’t know what motivated him to go public with his opinions, but I suspect that his instincts as a defense lawyer were aroused by Zimmerman’s situation. I can just see him imagining himself arguing Zimmerman’s case.

      • He’s served in plenty of high-profile cases himself, so it’s difficult to believe he hasn’t thought about what he would have done.

        • MBlanc46

          I’d bet that he salivated at the thought of being in that courtroom and demolishing the prosecution.

      • Romulus

        Agreed, he is quite silver tongued attorney. Not a half bad professor either!

    • Nick A Siggers

      Dershowitz is one of about five leftists in existence who are not completely delusional.

  • as a former atty, who practiced some criminal law and who did an internship with the dist attys office, I can tell you that DA’s, many of them, are super ambitious quasi-sociopaths. Most of them would do almost anything legal if they thought it would get them some publicity.

    • Keep Honkin I’m Reloading

      Or a shot at a judgeship

      • Romulus

        Excellent screen name!

    • Romulus

      Yes of course, my friend. In the sewer of popular mainstream culture, any and all publicity will glean favorable status to public figures. I e fifteen minutes of fame!

  • disqus_Xz3UA6obwj

    Corey is uglier on the inside then she is on the outside and that’s saying something! I hope Zimmerman goes after the bimbo.

    • Rick Brooks

      That hag isn’t fit to be dog catcher.

  • itdoesnotmatter

    Moderator, why do I have to repeatedly jump through decoding hoops to access AmRen? I post through Disqus, am a regular contributor. Isn’t signing in once enough?

  • Spartacus

    The jew senses whites are waking up, and he tries to subtly change sides…

    • Romulus

      I’ve said just that many times. Particularly to another regular poster who claims to be a “northern gentile” but ALWAYS defends the tribe. It is either to deflect attention, disguise being a troll, or he really is as he states. Im sure you can guess who. In any case, many will vacate the left when they get lumped in with us whites as the demographics shift.

      • IstvanIN

        Not all members of the tribe are bad, and many, I would imagine, understand the truth, but the official tribe line is anti-white Christian. Not being able to join some country club in 1925 really bugs them, although I will never understand why anyone would want to join a club that doesn’t willing want them.

        • Romulus

          Yes, you are right my friend. Im sure we could come up with a long list of very good “tribesman”. There is no question. Yet, even the stock that gave us Jesus did so by brutality and cultural domination. So it’s very hard to see them favorably at times. They have controlled the narrative for a verrrry long time and were only temporarily displaced as top banana by England and the British empire. However, being the great and powerful oz’ that they are famous for they have directly and indirectly caused massive harm to what could have been true European cultural and racial unity. It was imagined in Tolkiens benchmark epic the Lord of the rings. Now there on top again, but behind the scenes. If they truly come to European and it’s peoples defense and or finally assimilate, I would breath a sigh of relief. Their prodigious gray matter would be an asset. So, yes, I welcome all who would truly assimilate. History does not bear that out ,unfortunately. Some will, a few will not. Sad, yes? Jonas salk, sandy koufax, Gershwin, Jesus, all excellent examples of their people. I wish more would be to the positive. I understand human nature, though. One can hope. Much blood has been spilled integer defense last century, you’d think that we as groups would be closer. On the right, yes, with traditional America, on the left, not so much. *sigh*

          • Romulus

            Damn auto spell! The word integer should be ‘in their’

          • MikeofAges

            Hey man, what about Hank Greenberg? Oh yeah, and all those kids from public high schools in New York City who won Nobel Prizes. And Neil Diamond. He makes up for Alan Alda, I think.

        • I can’t understand the point of joining a country club in the first place. Golf never appealed to me, and I’ve never used the tennis courts even in my own neighborhood. I figure a day working in my basement is time better spent.

        • jane johnson

          Groucho Marx had an entirely different opinion of “exclusive” clubs”

          I refuse to join any club that would have me as a member.

        • silviosilver

          “although I will never understand why anyone would want to join a club that doesn’t willing want them.”

          I’ve heard this moronic line uttered many times. Look at yourself, pal. I don’t think anyone named “Istvan” had much to do with the founding of the USA. I bet you would get understandably upset if someone were to tell you you don’t meet the racial requirements for membership of their club. You’d say exactly what Jews back then did, that the club is making too much of the racial factor, that if they were just given a chance they’d demonstrate that their cultural affinity more than makes up for any racial deficit.

          • Luca

            The argument about Jews and race is dead on arrival. Much like the negro who cries about skin color discrimination.. It is not the color of the skin that is at issue, lots of dark Pakistani, Pacific Islanders and East Indians are very dark, very successful and accepted into America culture. The ‘skin color’ argument is a diversion, it takes the focus off the real topic, namely their horrible behavior and culture.

            Same with the Jews, the argument is not about race of which we have much in common, they fit into the Caucasian group. Nor is it about a conflict of religion. It has always been about the way they view non-Jews, how they use their intelligence, money and connections to take over segments of their host nation. They will make money any way they can regardless of the negative impact of the host nation who has welcomed them. Look at what they have done to banking, the media, academia and Hollywood.

            There have been volumes written on this subject, I am sure you can do some Google research and discover for yourself if there is any truth in them.

            Therefore we find that their race and religion are not at issue, but it is their culture that causes friction and conflict. These concepts were more recognized and published in previous decades and people were not afraid to speak out as they are now.

          • IstvanIN

            As one of grandmothers told me “they have raped every country they have been allowed in”.

          • IstvanIN

            Actually you are quite wrong, mister. I actually overheard some women at work wondering if Hungarians were white. And quite frankly I really don’t care about what people think of people of Hungarian decent. Never did. My ego isn’t that fragile. There are many other reasons to dislike me. Add that to the fact that my family assimilated very quickly, there really were no problems for any of us. One set of cousins were sponsored right after WW2 by a great uncle. They were quickly disowned when they wouldn’t behave American (so I am told since this was before I was born). My family is so American that there only two people who have any interest at all in the “old country”, me being one.

            Heck, when I was a kid the Catholics used to call us “publics” because we went to public school. By the way, that was an insult.

            And my parents were quite young and poor when I was a kid. Didn’t destroy me.

            So, if you do not want to play checkers with an American of Hungarian decent, I’ll find someone else. We always do. I suppose as an ethnic group that has seen our share of tragedy we must have become pretty thick skinned. Difference between us and them is we are not vindictive. Yet.

  • din_do_nuffins

    You’ll be seeing less of Dershowitz on TV after this “boarder line racist outburst.”

    • Romulus

      No,… Untrue. The vast majority of advocates are of tribe origin. Since they always manage the high ground, you can bet Thatcher can and will always say whatever is at their behest.

  • RHG

    These white dummies are in such a hurry to appease the black race hustlers they are making fools of themselves. I would love to see Zimmerman sue her just to turn the tables and make her life uncomfortable for awhile.

  • Epiminondas

    She already has been indicted for fraud involving the withholding of evidence. This is even better.

    • It is better, because that’s a felony, while a lawsuit is just a tort. The way I see it, there are two kinds of problems a person can have: the kind you can fix with money and the kind you can’t. I’ve had both sorts, and I much prefer the first.

  • Spartacus

    This right/left dichotomy is a phony one, that doesn’t exist in real life. In truth, there’s just “white”, “race-traitors” and dark-skins. Everything else is just BS.

    • Romulus

      When discussing existence in deference to the known laws of physics, you are correct. There is no left and right. Life only exists because of more matter than anti-matter. It only moves in one direction. From potential to kinetic. In the human realm, we try to fashion the antithesis of life as evil. There is only the tangible or none at all.

  • comedy central

    According to Groucho Marx’s son, Groucho wrote to the offending Country Club and asked if his son could go into their pool up to his waist as he was only half-Jewish.

    Danny Thomas (Christian Lebanese), was the first non-Jew allowed in a certain Jewish COuntry Club. Jack Benny (one of my all-time favorites) objected. The other members said, but why Jack? We wouldn’t have thought you of all people would object? Jack opined that the first member of the Jewish Country Club ought to be somebody who at least looked gentile.

  • Manaphy

    I usually don’t agree with Dershowitz on political issues, however, he is spot on right here.

  • LIBERTYSINCURSION

    Dershowitz said that the prosecution of George Zimmerman has NOW been turned into a political football. No Mr. Dershowitz this case has been a political football from the very moment that the race baiting media, the race baiting Liberals and the blatantly racist race baiting black community learned that a black “boy” was killed by a “supposedly” white man.

    The only semi-good thing that has come out of this is the fact that black America has shown themselves for what they truly are, blatantly hypocritical racist. Which hopefully flipped the switch of reality on in some of these delusional white Liberals out there. Who genuinely believe that black people are incapable of being racist “because they don’t have the power” and all that nonsensical babble they’re loaded up with in college.

  • MarcB1969

    It’s good to see that Dershowitz still has some of the core civil libertarian values of paleoliberals/the old left. Those won’t serve him well in a post-modern leftist era, but he’s probably too old and made too much money to care any more. He likely enjoys getting lumped in with “racists” these days and is purposely baiting the press.

  • David Ashton

    I just hope GZ wins – libel actions are an uncertain and expensive business.

  • Dunnyveg

    For anybody out there who hasn’t yet developed an invincible disgust for Republicans, just bear in mind Corey has her power by virtue of one man: Rick Scott, the Republican governor of Florida, who also authorized this true witch hunt against Zimmerman after the local prosecutor refused to prosecute.

    As Shakespeare said, a rose by any other name would be just as sweet, by the same token, a liberal by any other name is just as foul.

  • itdoesnotmatter

    I am able to sign in with Disqus, but changing screens to the next AmRen thread requires another decoding hassle.

  • Rick Brooks

    I do love da white wimmens!!