60 minutes legal analyst pooh-poohs HOA negligence in Trayvon slaying

CBS legal analyst, Andrew Cohen, wrote in the Atlantic,

 ”The homeowners association? What? At the same time that Sooner was trying to rehabilitate Zimmerman, the Martin family attorney, Ben Crump, was suggesting that Zimmerman’s homeowners association may have some civil liability here because it reportedly encouraged residents to coordinate their “neighbor watch” concerns with Zimmerman. Crump would have to prove that this was negligence. Good luck with that — and bring on the depositions!”

Andrew Cohen – Andrew Cohen is a contributing editor at The Atlantic and legal analyst for 60 Minutes. He is also chief analyst and legal editor for CBS Radio News and has won a Murrow Award as one of the nation’s leading legal analysts and commentators.”

Trayvon Martin Case: Zimmerman Builds His Defense

Just goes to show that this legal expert dismisses questions of negligence by the HOA, but does he really know about what goes on in HOAs, or the HOA respondeat superior failure to oversee agents. I will hazard a guess that what he has learned about HOAs comes from the propaganda by “Great Educator” and national HOA lobbyist organization, Community Associations Institute, CAI.

Mr. Cohen, with all due respect, please read the other side of the issue with HOAs, the Truth in HOAs Disclosure Agreement, and  Should the Trayson family sue the HOA?

PS. Twitter notice linked to Mr. Cohen at @CBSAndrew

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  1. Pundits often get it wrong.

    If I were the lawyer for the Trayvon family, I would be foaming at the mouth to get to the aberation that is HOA and its role in this shooting.

    Clearly this unqualified amatuer run private governance authorized a ‘police’ power in Zimmerman, and it proved fatal to this young man.


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