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    If Angela Corey threatened suit against Dershowitz and Harvard, she needs to step down from Zimmerman case

    If Angela Corey threatened suit against Dershowitz and Harvard, she needs to step down from Zimmerman case

    If this is true, then Zimmerman prosecutor Angela Corey needs to step off the case.

    Alan Dershowitz has been a harsh critic of Zimmerman prosecutor Angela Corey.  Among his criticisms is that Corey has been too politicized in charging Second Degree Murder.

    Now Corey is retaliating by complaining to Harvard Law School about Dershowitz’s comments.

    As reported by Dershowitz (h/t Ace):

    State Attorney Angela Corey, the prosecutor in the George Zimmerman case, recently called the Dean of Harvard Law School to complain about my criticism of some of her actions.

    She was transferred to the Office of Communications and proceeded to engage in a 40-minute rant, during which she threatened to sue Harvard Law School, to try to get me disciplined by the Bar Association and to file charges against me for libel and slander.

    She said that because I work for Harvard and am identified as a professor she had the right to sue Harvard.

    When the communications official explained to her that I have a right to express my opinion as “a matter of academic freedom,” and that Harvard has no control over what I say, she did not seem to understand….

    Even if Angela Corey’s actions were debatable, which I believe they were not, I certainly have the right, as a professor who has taught and practiced criminal law nearly 50 years, to express a contrary view. The idea that a prosecutor would threaten to sue someone who disagrees with her for libel and slander, to sue the university for which he works, and to try to get him disbarred, is the epitome of unprofessionalism.

    Corey now has made the prosecution a personal issue. Will she conduct the prosecution in such a way as to achieve justice, or to set herself up for a personal lawsuit against Dershowitz and Harvard?

    Corey certainly has a right to protect and defend her reputation in civil actions, but she cannot interject those concerns into a prosecution.  By threatening suit against a critic in the middle of the case, Corey has put her own financial interests at stake in the outcome and conduct of the prosecution.

    Florida has adopted American Bar Association Standards of Criminal Justice Relating to Prosecution Function.  ABA Standard 3-1.3 Conflicts of Interest provides in pertinent part:

    (f) A prosecutor should not permit his or her professional judgment or obligations to be affected by his or her own political, financial, business, property, or personal interests.

    Corey should step down.  Now.


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    janitor | June 8, 2012 at 3:11 am

    As a lifelong liberal Democrat, I am no political supporter of Sarah Palin. I also oppose her use of rifle sight crosshairs as political symbols…

    Alan Dershowitz

    Many American supporters of Israel who voted for Barack Obama now suspect they may have been victims of a bait and switch… At the suggestion of Mr. Obama’s Jewish supporters — including me — the candidate visited the beleaguered town of Sderot…

    Alan Dershowitz

      BannedbytheGuardian in reply to janitor. | June 8, 2012 at 9:28 pm

      It does not matter that Deshowitz did not like the rifle sight crosshairs. He has no political clout. But he did validate the ‘Blood libel’ claim by Palin.

      Certainly I was able to use that at The guardian a& the lefties had no answer.

      That he is a lefty Dem is not the issue.

      We are talking in this thread law.

    Rich Fader | June 8, 2012 at 4:17 pm

    One of my favorite descriptions of Alan Dershowitz was Jonah Goldberg’s to the effect that if you gave him Viagra, he’d stand up taller and straighter and get a ruddier complexion…his head couldn’t get any bigger. But if you threaten to sue him, the first thought that comes to mind is “you’d better pack a lunch”. The second thought is “you’d better be supremely well-prepared”. The third thought is that if you threaten to sue Harvard Law as well, the first two thoughts apply even more. I devoutly hope she’s better prepared to try that suit than she seems to be to try the Zimmerman case.

    […] allegedly responded by threatening to sue Dershowitz and Harvard.  This appears to be part of a pattern when she is […]

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