Angela Corey, the prosecutor in the George Zimmerman case in Florida should be disbarred. Her conduct in this case has been so outrageous that no penalty short of her losing her law license is sufficient.
What has she done?
She filed Second Degree Murder charges against George Zimmerman in the shooting of Trayvon Martin. The problem with that is all of the evidence points not to a second-degree murder charge, but all of the evidence points to the fact that George Zimmerman acted in self-defense.
The most important facts of the case seem to be not in dispute. George Zimmerman was a neighborhood watch captain because his neighborhood had been hit by a lot of crime. He saw Trayvon Martin, called into 911 and reported him. There was later a confrontation and Martin ended up dead.
George Zimmerman claims that Trayvon Martin attacked him. The witnesses and the scientific evidence all support that claim. One witness says he saw Trayvon Martin on top of George Zimmerman straddling him, punching him “MMA style.”
The autopsy report indicates a close but not a contact wound. A contact wound is where a gun is placed next to the skin and fired. A close wound is within a foot, where stippling, the hot debris, such as burning gunpowder will hit either clothing or skin. The entry wound is on his left side of his chest, consistent with Zimmerman being right handed and shooting Martin.
The autopsy report also shows injuries to Martin’s knuckles.
The witness who saw Martin straddling Zimmerman also saw blood coming from Zimmerman’s nose and the back of his head and several photos have been released showing the bloodied back of George Zimmerman’s head.
This case screams self-defense. In fact, other than the hucksters who are stirring this case up for political gain, no rational person would say this is anything other than self-defense.
Angela Corey has become a disgrace to her office and to the legal profession.
Florida, like all states, has a code of legal ethics. Section 4-3.8 says that a prosecutor in a criminal case shall refrain from prosecuting a case that the prosecutor knows is not supported by probable cause.
There is simply no way this prosecutor can claim there is probable cause to believe George Zimmerman committed a second degree murder.
When Angela Corey held her press conference announcing the charges against Zimmerman, she said her office cared only about “seeking justice for Trayvon Martin’s family.”
Seeking justice for the Martin family is the job of the family attorney. Seeking justice for George Zimmerman is the job of his attorney. The prosecuting attorney’s job is to seek justice, period.
At that press conference, she announced that she did not charge cases based on public pressure. That is exactly what she did.
In 1935, the Supreme Court dealt with the issue of an overzealous prosecutor.
In the case of Berger vs. The United States, George Sutherland wrote:
The United States Attorney is the representative not of an ordinary party to a controversy, but of a sovereignty whose obligation to govern impartially is as compelling as its obligation to govern at all, and whose interest, therefore, in a criminal prosecution is not that it shall win a case, but that justice shall be done. As such, he is in a peculiar and very definite sense the servant of the law, the two-fold aim of which is that guilt shall not escape or innocence suffer. He may prosecute with earnestness and vigor -- indeed, he should do so. But, while he may strike hard blows, he is not at liberty to strike foul ones. It is as much his duty to refrain from improper methods calculated to produce a wrongful conviction as it is to use every legitimate means to bring about a just one.
For prosecutors who take their jobs seriously, these words direct their actions. For Angela Corey, they are little more than a punch line at a campaign rally.
The reason the American justice system works is because we the people can believe in the fairness of it. Prosecutions are not undertaken to attack political opponents nor are they motivated by political or public pressure.
Yet that is exactly what has happened here.
The prosecuting attorney is the most powerful elected official in an area. He or she can cause a person’s life to be destroyed and even be sent to prison for a long period of time.
In the United States, our founding fathers were so afraid of an out of control government prosecuting its citizens, four of the ten amendments of the bill of rights offer protections against unfair prosecution.
Fortunately in America, unfair prosecutions are rare. This prosecution is not only unfair it is very political in nature. The prosecuting attorney, Angela Corey is up for reelection this fall.
The voters of Florida’s Fourth Judicial District should send a very clear message and vote her out of office.
When this case is finally resolved and the charges against George Zimmerman are dismissed, the Florida Supreme Court should disbar Angela Corey.
There are several levels of attorney discipline, ranging from admonition to censuring to suspension to disbarment. When an attorney is disbarred, they either can never practice law again or after a period of time, if they can show the state supreme court they are a changed person, they can be allowed to sit for the bar exam again.
For prosecuting a man based on public pressure and bringing charges that even a first year law student could tell will never be sustained, Angela Corey should be disbarred.
All Angela Corey would have to do is invoke "prosecutorial immunity".
Perhaps Mike Nifong should have tried that one in his own defense of his handling of the Duke rape case.
I see a lawsuit down the road.
She would say that she was doing her job and had the "duty" to file the charges she did faced with whatever evidence she had at the time.
All true criminals claim innocence. I am sure the prosecutor in the Duke lacrosse case (Nifong?) made similar claims.
If she is found to have deliberately withheld evidence that favored Zimmerman in order to pursue "justice," she should be subject to not only to being disbarred, but also to any other cash penalties (that are not to be paid only by the taxpayers she works for).
I wholeheartedly agree. She totally folded to pressure and is looking out for her political future. No justice involved. In all the discussions over this case, no one emphasized that Zimmerman was doing his job (whether volunteer or paid). He wasn't looking for a fight. He was securing a private community neighborhood by observing, where Trayvon was the stranger, and looked like the perpetrator of prior burglaries. He stopped following when he was told, but when did following someone become a right for the other person to assault you? I moved into a community where they asked me for 3 months who I was and if I lived there. Could I punch them in the nose? NO. I have been asked in my gated community by the security guards numerous times if I lived there? Does that mean I can beat them up because they followed me and asked me that question, and I am a legitimate resident and not a visitor. What's the problem with being observed, especially if you try to make yourself look like a gangster, 6"2", wearing a black hoody in a warm climate?? I hope justice will prevail for Zimmerman and not that they are trying to make him a scapegoat for political expediency.
Her arrogance is the biggest crime, she should have waited till she has ALL the facts in house and not judge using the media for her only purpose: creating a celebrity type of self-serving ego trip. She should be in jail for a long time and have the time to reflect on her misuse of power. The government is guilty to harbor such an incompetent corrupt prosecutor who got support from this President who had no business to interfere. He is an innocent man till proven guilty! Both are guilty of unethical behavior, shame on them! They should swallow their words.
If arrogance were a crime, three quarters of Democrats would be on death row.