As expected, the verdict in the Zimmerman case has created a furor. My belief is that this is largely (as we have lamented several times before on this blog) because the case was openly tried in the media. EVERYBODY had an opinion that was primarily a consequence of their own prejudices. Unfortunately, all the public hears from the media is sound bites filled with spin. The public doesn’t get to read all the reports, analyze all the evidence, and hear all the testimony. I’ll make no judgement about whether the verdict was ‘right’ or ‘wrong,’ but I will point out that this case has been a horrible example of how the justice system is supposed to work – particularly on the part of the prosecution.
Just as with the Casey Anthony case, the prosecution got greedy. Spurred by career and political ambition, they “over charged” with second degree murder; a charge that the court allowed to be entered as the result of a false affidavit being filed by the prosecutor. And just as with the Anthony case, the jury didn’t agree. A manslaughter charge “could” have been achievable.
Here is a fascinating interview with Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz about the conduct of the prosecutor in the case, Angela Corey. He even goes so far as to say that Angela Corey should be disbarred. See it here.