Legendary legal eagle Alan Dershowitz says he was stunned that George Zimmerman’s defense lawyer told a “knock-knock joke” during his opening statement to the jury in the Trayvon Martin case.
The Harvard law professor, who was unavailable for comment early Tuesday, told “The Steve Malzberg Show” on Newsmax TV that he found the incident to be inappropriate for a murder trial.
“This is a murder case,” Dershowitz said. “The victim’s family is sitting in the courtroom with tears in their eyes and he’s telling a knock-knock joke? I just don’t get it.”
Dershowitz, well-known in legal circles for winning an acquittal of Claus von Bulow in the case that inspired the film “Reversal of Fortune,” even recommended that attorney Don West consider a new line of work.
“If a student ever did that in a mock court in my class, I would … ask him are you in the right school? Maybe you want to be a stand-up comedian or an entertainer,” he continued. “And, by the way, if you do, come up with better jokes.”