Sunday, April 15, 2012

With God on our side: Angela Corey and Trayvon Martin

Angela Corey
I sensed trouble when Florida Special Prosecutor Angela Corey announced she would not convene a grand jury, skipping the first means of testing one's evidence and demonstrating recognition of the citizenry's right to gage the conduct of prosecutors.    Anxiety deepened when she stepped up to the microphone with a large gold cross hanging from her neck, offering irrelevant support for her conclusions that George Zimmerman was guilty beyond a reasonable doubt of second degree murder when he killed Trayvon Martin.
After reciting a bunch of boiler plate "right things", and thanking the Governor who appointed her she quickly went off the rails.
The first thing my team and I did upon being appointed was to meet with Trayvon’s family and pray with them. We opened our meeting with prayer.
Ms. Corey thanked “all those people across this country who have sent positive energy and prayers our way,” and she asked them to continue to pray for Trayvon’s family and for her team. “Remember, it is Trayvon’s family that are our constitutional victims....”
Prof. Monroe Freedman asks rhetorically "At this point, do we need the due process of a trial by jury? Can Zimmerman receive the due process of a trial by an impartial jury? Why should anyone care?"  
Freedman details Corey's multiple violations of ABA standards of professional conduct for prosecutors.    The public and the truth, not Trayvon Martin's bereaved "sweet family" are her clients as prosecutor.  Justice for Trayvon Martin requires justice for George Zimmerman-  a point which Ms. Corey seems to inadequately grasp.
The Florida Times Union report has useful links and details.

Corey's written statement.

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