The MoveOn/NAACP desire to see George Zimmerman prosecuted on civil rights violations will run into a pair of steel walls. One, the FBI investigated Zimmerman last year and found no evidence of racism. Two, Zimmerman was not a government official on the night of the shooting of Trayvon Martin. He was a volunteer neighborhood watch captain. Civil rights charges typically only apply to government officials, such as the police officers involved in the 1992 Rodney King trials.
Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz says a civil rights case in the Zimmerman trial is in order, but not against George Zimmerman. Appearing on Fox’s Huckabee show over the weekend, Dershowitz says Florida special prosecutor Angela Corey is the one who violated an individual’s civil rights in this case.
“What she did is she filed a false affidavit before the judge in order to get a second degree murder charge,” Dershowitz said, “failed to tell the judge that there were photographs and failed to show the photographs that demonstrated that Zimmerman’s nose had been broken, that he had wounds in the back of his head. She misled the judge into giving her an overcharge second degree murder charge against Zimmerman. That is a true violation of civil rights.”
Dershowitz added that the rest of the case was “routine” and “reasonable doubt was written all over this case.”
Video at Right Scoop.