One of the most venerable lawyer’s aphorisms goes something like this:
If the facts and the law are against you, attack the police.
This is almost exclusively the province of defense lawyers as it is assumed—and virtually always the case—that the prosecution has the very great advantage of having the facts and the law on its side. There should be no arrests and prosecutions otherwise. But this is not at all the case in the George Zimmerman prosecution. Not only are the law and the facts aligned against the prosecution, so are the police.
It is always the defense seeking to establish reasonable doubt about the prosecution’s case. In the Trayvon Martin case, it is the prosecution seeking to establish reasonable doubt about the case of the investigating police! It is difficult to explain precisely how unusual and downright strange this is. The prosecution is in the position of arguing…
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