Harvard law professor predicts George Zimmerman will be acquitted

By Eric W. Dolan
Thursday, April 12, 2012 20:03 EDT
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Alan Dershowitz on MSNBC
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Harvard University law professor Alan Dershowitz on Thursday said that George Zimmerman, who was recently arrested second degree murder, would probably be acquitted of the crime because of a lack of evidence.

“Most affidavits of probable cause are very thin,” he said on MSNBC. “This is so thin that it won’t make it past a judge on a second degree murder charge. There’s simply nothing in there that would justify second degree murder.”

“The elements of the crime aren’t established. Basically what is in the affidavit is what’s in the public domain.”

On February 26, Zimmerman shot and killed Trayvon Martin, an unarmed African American teenager in the central Florida town of Sanford. He claimed the shooting was in self-defense.

Dershowitz said the affidavit was not just thin, it was also irresponsible and unethical because it excluded any evidence that favors the defendant.

“This case will not, if the evidence is no stronger than what appears in the probable cause affidavit, this case will result in an acquittal,” he said.

Jonathan Turley, a professor at George Washington University and a defense attorney, has also said it would be very difficult to convict Zimmerman.

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Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan has served as an editor for Raw Story since August 2010, and is based out of Sacramento, California. He grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and received a Bachelor of Science from Bradley University. Eric is also the publisher and editor of PsyPost. You can follow him on Twitter @ewdolan.
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