Yesterday’s release of the Trayvon Martin autopsy report lends further credence to George Zimmerman’s claim of self defense in the shooting of Martin. The only injuries to Martin’s body were the fatal bullet wound to the heart and abrasions on his knuckles. There is no evidence that Zimmerman landed even one blow on Martin while the injuries sustained by Zimmerman included 2 black eyes, a broken nose and cuts to the back of his head. Most of that evidence was known to the police on the night of the incident yet State Attorney Angela Corey withheld that evidence from the affidavit charging Zimmerman with 2nd degree murder. Alan Dershowitz claims that by withholding known evidence, Corey has acted unethically, unlawfully and unprofessionally and the charge against Zimmerman should be dropped.
A medical report by George Zimmerman’s doctor has disclosed that Zimmerman had a fractured nose, two black eyes, two lacerations on the back of his head and a back injury on the day after the fatal shooting. If this evidence turns out to be valid, the prosecutor will have no choice but to drop the second-degree murder charge against Zimmerman — if she wants to act ethically, lawfully and professionally.
There is, of course, no assurance that the special prosecutor handling the case, State Attorney Angela Corey, will do the right thing. Because until now, her actions have been anything but ethical, lawful and professional.
She was aware when she submitted an affidavit that it did not contain the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth. She deliberately withheld evidence that supported Zimmerman’s claim of self-defense. The New York Times has reported that the police had “a full face picture” of Zimmerman, before paramedics treated him, that showed “a bloodied nose.” The prosecutor also had photographic evidence of bruises to the back of his head.
But none of this was included in any affidavit.
Now there is much more extensive medical evidence that would tend to support Zimmerman’s version of events. This version, if true, would establish self-defense even if Zimmerman had improperly followed, harassed and provoked Martin.
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