Monday, April 16, 2012

Some links on ethics and the prosecution of George Zimmerman for the homicide of Trayvon Martin

A few days ago, I posted a short interview with Alan Dershowitz in which he argues the prosecutor in the George Zimmerman case acted unethically.  He is not alone on this.  The Legal Ethics Forum has posted a list of helpful and interesting links on the on-going controversy.  Here is the list:

Andrew Perlman and John Steele questioned the behavior of Zimmerman's prior lawyers as they announced that they no longer represented Zimmerman.

Monroe Freedman questions the prosecutor's press conference.

Dan Markel, at Prawfsblawg, asks questions about the charging decision.

Radley Balko, at Huffington Post, looks more broadly at the ethcis of charging decsions.

Alan Dershowitz, in a TV interview we posted about, says that the probable cause affidavit was "unethical."

At National Review Online, David French and Andrew McCarthy disagreed about the quality of the probable cause affidavit.

At the Atlantic, Andrew Cohen has been running some pieces (here and here) that strike me as partisan and shallow, but check them out and see what you think.

Empty Wheel gives the probable cause affidavit a close, critical reading.

Here's the link to the prosecutor's press conference. The prosecutor, Angela Corey, discusses who she works for, what she's ethically allowed to say about the case, the no-contact rule, what level of evidence justifies a charging decision, and other issues.

George Conk, at Otherwise, has thoughts about the prosecutor.

Thanks to John Steele of the Legal Ethics Forum for sharing this great list.

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