I was stunned listening to Florida Special Prosecutor Angela Corey Wednesday evening, speaking of praying with Trayon Martin’s parents and of her desire of “justice for Trayon,” a hot-button, dog-whistle phrase that has been a rallying crying for a large black community more interested in lynching George Zimmerman (many in the most literal sense) than of seeking anything like true justice at all.
That surprise was furthered when Corey announced that she was going to pursue 2nd Degree murder charges, which the vast majority of legal experts seem to think is both unwarranted and nearly impossible to prove.
Corey’s press conference–or as some called it, her reelection campaign speech–also hinted that the Sanford PD had been close to finishing their investigation when she stepped in, and that they seemed comfortable in their conclusion that Zimmerman should not have been charged at all.
The worse part of the press conference was Corey’s apparently selective evidentiary process, where she discounted the physical evidence of grass stains and wounds on George Zimmerman and the only two visual eyewitnesses in the case, that both ID’d Zimmerman as the man on the ground screaming for help, and instead cited Trayvon Martin’s mother’s claim that she identified the voice heard in the background of a neighbor’s 911 call as her son, which is inadmissible as evidence.
It was brutally self-serving, blatantly and cynically politically motivated. I suggested immediately on Twitter that the press conference video could prove to be wonderful evidence for her eventual disbarment, which should be on the table.
I’m no lawyer, however, so my views carry little weight.
Legendary liberal Harvard Law professor Alan Dershowitz, however, has reached much the same conclusion that Corey’s charging of Zimmerman was a miscarriage of justice.
I remember the Duke Lacrosse case. I remember how a lynch mob of race-baiting leftists, dishonest journalists, and a politically corrupt district attorney named Mike Nifong conspired to ruin the lives of innocent college students over the claims of a drug-addicted stripper… a woman now presently facing a murder charge.
Angela Corey reminds me very much of Mr. Nifong, in her grandstanding, in her apparently selective culling of evidence, and in her generally unethical behavior.
Once George Zimmerman has the charges against him thrown out by the trial judge–and I do strongly suspect that is a matter of “when” and not “if”–I hope the Florida Bar and criminal justice system take a long, hard look at the evidence of what Angela Corey was trying to do, weigh the evidence, and decide whether or not she needs to be the next person facing criminal charges.
I don’t understand Corey’s strategy in charging him with murder two. Maybe she thinks Zimmerman will plead to a lesser charge, but if it’s anything less than manslaughter she’s going to take tremendous heat for having gone too easy on him. That’s a weird predicament for a politically-minded prosecutor to put herself in. She’ll take some heat even if she gets him to cop to manslaughter, in fact, since manslaughter is a crime of simple negligenceand people who want him prosecuted believe Zimmerman’s far more morally culpable than that. (This is all assuming he’d be willing to make a deal, which, given the weakness of the charging instrument, he probably isn’t.) In fact, I also don’t get why she insisted on filing an affidavit of probable cause instead of taking the case to a grand jury. If they refused to indict him, she could have blamed them for him getting off and claimed she’d given it her best effort. As it is, if Dershowitz is right, her own affidavit’s about to be tossed by a judge and then she’ll have to answer for why she couldn’t even get to first base on a conviction.