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A prosecutor’s job is to do justice for everyone — including protecting the defendant’s constitutional rights and ensuring that witnesses can testify truthfully.

Perhaps Daily Beast columnist Mansfield Frazier tapped into what some Florida officials were really thinking when they filed charges and he wrote, “America can only dodge so many bullets, and a not-guilty verdict could easily turn the racial cold war into a very hot one.”

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

Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz blasted both Ms. Corey and Mr. Frazier in the New York Daily News:

“As many see it, [Ms. 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.

Mr. Dershowitz added: “Zimmerman’s lawyer is doing his job. It’s about time the prosecutor start doing hers.”

The state declined to take Mr. Dershowitz’ advice and instead filed baseless murder charges. Manslaughter charges were equally inappropriate since there was no evidence that Mr. Zimmerman acted without “any legal justification.” His physical injuries demonstrate that he was physically assaulted irrespective of whether or not he first approached Trayvon verbally. The right to self-defense is invoked after someone uses physical force or creates a substantial threat of loss of life — not mere words.

The state’s case proved only one thing beyond a reasonable doubt — that from the very beginning the state did not have a case.

The loss of Trayvon Martin’s young life is a tragedy. However, we may never know what actions led up to his killing, and it is the prosecutors’ burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. They didn’t even come close.

The state of Florida should have dismissed its charges against Mr. Zimmerman before submitting the 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 prosecutor in Washington, D.C.