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Frazier, who watched the Los Angeles riots first-hand, suggested that Zimmerman’s defense should broker a plea agreement with the state simply to help Florida avoid racial riots.

Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz blasted both Corey and Frazier in a response he penned for the New York Daily News:

As many see it, her (Corey’s) additional job is to prevent riots of the sort that followed the acquittal of the policemen who beat Rodney King… Mansfield Frazier has suggested that it is the responsibility of the legal system to ‘avert a large scale racial calamity.’ He has urged Zimmerman’s defense lawyer to become a savior by brokering a deal to plead his client guilty to a crime that ‘has him back on the streets within this decade.’ But it is not the role of a defense lawyer to save the world or the country. His job—his only job—is to get the best result of his client, by all legal and ethical means.

Dershowitz concluded his piece by saying that “Zimmerman’s lawyer is doing his job. It’s about time the prosecutor start doing hers.”

The State declined to take Dershowitz’ advice and instead filed murder charges without any substantive evidence. Their case proved only one thing beyond a reasonable doubt—that from the very beginning the state did not have a case for murder.

The loss of Trayvon Martin’s young life is indeed a tragedy. But the State of Florida should have dismissed their charges against Zimmerman before they submitted their case to a jury because prosecution should be based on evidence—not appeasement of racial tension.

Jeffrey Scott Shapiro is a investigative journalist and former Washington, D.C. prosecutor.