Alan Dershowitz started this meme a couple days ago in an MSNBC appearance (see video above).

Several others have weighed in and they agree with Dershowitz:

Mark Levin:

This affidavit is incredibly weak.

Andy McCarthy at National Review Online:

I’m inclined … to agree with commentators ranging from former Reagan Justice Department official Mark Levin to Harvard’s Alan Dershowitz that the affidavit is stunningly weak — “unethical,” as Prof. Dershowitz puts it. In fact, I go further (which, after nearly 20 years of writing and supervising the writing of complaint affidavits, I think I’m qualified to do). This affidavit is not law, it is agitprop: invoking, for example, the explosive term “profiled” but carefully avoiding any discussion of what it means and failing to note that (a) there is no evidence of racial profiling, and (b) absent an invidious racial component there is nothing wrong with profiling (indeed, we want police to do it so that innocent people don’t get hassled).

John Hinderaker at Power Line:

The Affidavit … suggests that, despite the extraordinary investigation that has been carried out, the prosecutor may not have much real evidence against Zimmerman.

Jack Dunphy at Ricochet:

If we are to judge the evidence against Zimmerman based on this affidavit, prosecutors have a loser on their hands… George Zimmerman has been launched into what will be a multi-year odyssey through the justice system.  If this was done based on nothing more than the slender reed of a case as outlined in this affidavit, it is an insult not only to Zimmerman but to the justice system itself.

John Work at The American Thinker:

I just read the arrest affidavit in the Florida v. George Zimmerman case.  I’m pretty certain that I would have been laughed out of any judge’s chambers in Colorado, had I brought in a piece of evidentiary matter so poorly written.  The Zimmerman affidavit is so deficient in properly sourced factual information and full of unsubstantiated, unsourced conclusions, I am appalled that a State’s Attorney would even give it a second look.  I don’t know what’s going on in the Florida Courts.  But, where I worked as a cop, all summaries of statements from eye and ear witnesses, whether inculpatory or exculpatory, had to be both sourced and included in a properly assembled arrest affidavit. Every piece of information in the affidavit must be provable to a jury.  This case is terribly lacking, both in supporting evidence and in veracity.

At National Review Online, David French was one of the few legal commentators to argue that the affidavit supports Zimmerman’s arrest:

While the affidavit is quite brief and lacks detail, it does contain three key factual assertions, that — if proven — will vindicate those who called for Zimmerman’s arrest… When an armed man shoots an unarmed man, unless there are compelling facts to the contrary, charges are expected and routine. As I’ve watched this case unfold and heard arguments pro and con, I think there’s probable cause for an arrest (and it’s really not close). Whether there’s proof sufficient for conviction will be determined when we see the state’s case. As of today, we’ve just peeked under the curtain.

The overwhelming majority of Twitter users who have commented on the affidavit believe the case against Zimmerman is shockingly weak:!/ExposeTheMedia/status/191348596879261696!/Gaius_Publius/status/191190312683704321!/BrowardLiving/status/191372883711365120!/GulfDogs/status/191355285942714369!/Aquila7/status/191333328035647488!/bmaz/status/191262196410482691!/PeteWadeinIndy/status/191172994163417088!/michaelgiuseppe/status/191210267974189056!/CoachDamonMoore/status/190917328630853633

The affidavit is available online here. Read it yourself and let us know what you think.

Exit question:  what will happen if Zimmerman is acquitted?

  • radjahshelduck

    I’m with McCarthy; when I read it and saw that it said “Martin was profiled by Zimmerman” I was stunned that it would include such a conclusion without giving any facts to support it.

  • Hiraghm

    It’s pretty obvious that Zimmerman’s “crime” for which he’s being persecuted is not the real crime of murder, but the perceived crime of “hate thought”.
    So much for Die Gedanken Sind Frei.

  • Jim De Arras

    Zimmerman is a dead man.  One way or the other, he will be sacrificed on the alter of racial appeasement.

  • FlatFoot

    The Zimmerman case already has shades of Prosecutor Mike Nifong running across it and they haven’t even gone past arraignment yet. The already long running Mass Media malfeasance victimizing Zimmerman, particularly by NBC News and CNN among others, is like deja vu all over again too.

    There is no way in Hades that the Barack 0bama machine is going to let the Zimmerman trial circus start and finish before the November elections after inserting himself into the middle of this race pandering fiasco that has started to fall apart already on its very first step.

  • lillymckim

    I agree 100% with Dershowitz and boy is that rare

  • ClaraCWhitsett

    There is no way in Hades that the Barack 0bama machine is going to let
    the Zimmerman trial circus start and finish before the November
    elections after inserting himself into the middle of this race pandering
    fiasco that has started to fall apart already on its very first step.

  • Lizbuddie

    I’m no CrimLaw prof, nor am I/ever been a D.A., but I  expected to see more in this pleading, given what I’ve heard from the lawyers. If I were the state’s attorneys, I would have wanted an ESPECIALLY tight and persuasive pleading. This was neither. It didn’t even lay out the elements, as far as I could tell. Maybe I’m just old-school, like Professor D, but I can’t cheer over-charging, if that’s what is going on here. That pleading didn’t make the state’s case sound all that great.

  • $7421226

    God bless Mr Zimmerman. he can never get a fair trial now.