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Zimmerman Prosecuteor smirks like a damn weirdo at press conference; Bullshit almost certianly afoot

9:26 am - 07/15/2013
Zimmerman Prosecutor Angela Corey's Smile Is Under Fire

A post-verdict statement made by Angela Corey, Florida attorney general for the prosecution of George Zimmerman, came across to many viewers as callous and bizarre — Corey, who had just lost her case, spoke with a certain air of victory (more than one observer noted that the perceived satisfaction and attitude of gracious thanks was almost Academy Awards acceptance speech-esque) and what the Boston Herald's Peter Gelzinis described as "the weird smile of an event planner."

That smile, accompanied by her key phrase — "This case has never been about race or the right to bear arms" (HAHA, k) — hasn't improved the firestorm building against Corey right now. Shortly before the Zimmerman verdict came in, Corey personally prosecuted Marissa Alexander to the fullest extent of the law for firing a single warning shot at her abusive husband; both her case and Martin's involved the invocation of Florida's Stand Your Ground law, which allows citizens to use "lethal force" if in life-threatening danger, and both Alexander and Martin were African American.

According to a March 2012 blog post on the website Justice4Juveniles (via):

In the five year period between 2006/7 and 2010/11, across the state of Florida, an average of 52 % of black male juveniles were tried as adults for crimes they had committed. Angela Corey tried an average of 70%. The same state over the same time period tried an average of 25% of white male juveniles as adults for crimes that they had committed, Angela Corey, on the other hand, tried an average of 18%.

These horrible statistics should be the driving force behind questioning Corey's right to remain in her position — God knows we have no idea why Corey was smiling during her press conference, but tweeting about the above issues would be far more effective for progress than ragging on her makeup or her weight. If Corey were "conventionally attractive," she'd still be morally negligible. I mean, just look at Ann Coulter. (Or don't look directly at her, that's fine too.)

Source is Jezebel
NOT OK with this shit.
chaya 15th-Jul-2013 02:33 pm (UTC)
I really don't want to be a ~tinhat but this is really, really, really weird behavior.
girly123 15th-Jul-2013 04:37 pm (UTC)
I would be less bothered by it if she weren't also the prosecutor in Marissa Alexander's case.That was the thing that got me about all of this.
skellington1 15th-Jul-2013 04:53 pm (UTC)
Yeah, that was a 'holy shit' moment for me. I was aware of Marissa Alexander's case, and how extra appalling/ridiculous it is stacked up against Zimmerman's, but I didn't realize it was the same prosecutor. That's really, seriously fishy and disturbing.
xo_bumblebee 16th-Jul-2013 01:06 am (UTC)
Same here. WHAT THE HELL, man. Marissa Alexander should NOT have gotten 20 years. Not even close.
poetic_pixie_13 16th-Jul-2013 03:00 pm (UTC)
..... I did not know that. Well, this makes an appalling amount of sense. Fuck.
astridmyrna 15th-Jul-2013 02:44 pm (UTC)
Oh my god what a nightmare. I just hope that Zimmerman is charged with a hate crime so he doesn't get off completely scot-free.
ohmiya_sg 15th-Jul-2013 02:51 pm (UTC)
Wow, I hadn't heard that it was the same prosecutor.
underlankers 15th-Jul-2013 02:54 pm (UTC)
So perhaps the prosecution was genuinely malicious, and not simply incompetent to the point that incompetence and malice were indistinguishable? I wish could be surprised, but then Florida elected a goddamn criminal as their governor, so it's not a shock at all that a local prosecutor would be that kind of racist scum.
pullmystrings 15th-Jul-2013 02:55 pm (UTC)
Wait, they hired the same prosecutor that got Marissa 20 years? um...
the_physicist 15th-Jul-2013 03:02 pm (UTC)
Do you get a choice when it comes to state prosecutors?
pullmystrings 15th-Jul-2013 03:09 pm (UTC)
I have no idea but I would assume SOMEONE picked her.
the_physicist 15th-Jul-2013 03:16 pm (UTC)
Yeah, no doubt someone who wanted Zimmerman to win.
bestdaywelived 15th-Jul-2013 04:10 pm (UTC)
Kind of, but not really - prosecutors generally work in different units, so it was likely that she was the only available prosecutor in this unit with enough seniority to try the case.
bestdaywelived 15th-Jul-2013 04:12 pm (UTC)
It's not that she was "hired" - she's a county employee and likely met the seniority required for this case, at least in years.

She didn't "get" Marissa for 20 years; mandatory minimums did. She couldn't assert Stand Your Ground because she left the scene, went to her car, and returned with a gun to fire the shot.

If you want to talk about injustices, let's talk about mandatory minimum sentencing and how it leads to bullshit like Marissa's case.
hermionemalfoy 15th-Jul-2013 05:01 pm (UTC)
Mandatory minimums, ugh.
moonshaz 15th-Jul-2013 09:43 pm (UTC)
Mandatory minimums suck monkey balls, no 2 ways about it!
grace_om 15th-Jul-2013 05:36 pm (UTC)
She was elected State Attorney, and was assigned to the Treyvon Martin case by Governor Rick Scott.

Explains everything...

wikipedia article on her
darth_eldritch 15th-Jul-2013 03:02 pm (UTC)
Makes me wonder if with the Rick Scott administration they felt their careers would be under fire if they succeeded with the trial, instead of actually focusing on justice.

ETA: clarify point.

Edited at 2013-07-15 03:04 pm (UTC)
astridmyrna 15th-Jul-2013 03:17 pm (UTC)
It wouldn't surprise me at this point.
darth_eldritch 15th-Jul-2013 03:49 pm (UTC)
Rick Scott and his cronies need to go.

If there is anyone here from Florida, please vote and encourage your friends to vote in the next election for governor. That will at least set a more favorable atmosphere for a civil case for Trayvon Martin if we win.
gambitia 15th-Jul-2013 03:24 pm (UTC)
I saw her statements, and to me it looked like she was extremely angry and attempting to put on a good public face. She snapped at journalists several times.

However her record definitely looks fishy. And I am so over the "it's not about race!" It is explicitly about race.
castalianspring 15th-Jul-2013 03:57 pm (UTC)
Holy shit. What an utterly bizarre statement. She's "so proud" and "happy"? She really thinks justice was served and the truth has been exposed? I can definitely see why people are starting to think she lost this case on purpose.

I didn't realize she was the one who prosecuted Marissa Alexander so harshly. Vile woman.
ebay313 15th-Jul-2013 04:16 pm (UTC)
That's shady as fuck. I started to watch the video but didn't make it all the way though. The way she says she's proud- it sounded like she was announcing that she won the case! I mean, if I didn't already know otherwise, that's exactly what I would think.
dissident 15th-Jul-2013 05:05 pm (UTC)
Well she did win, because she's on Zimmerman's side.
nutmegdealer 15th-Jul-2013 04:16 pm (UTC)
i live in jacksonville and am well aware of angela corey and every last bit of her bullshit. i can't stand her.

Edited at 2013-07-15 04:17 pm (UTC)
lickety_split 15th-Jul-2013 04:23 pm (UTC)
It looks like she's the principal speaking proudly at graduation.
crossfire 15th-Jul-2013 05:50 pm (UTC)
Right? I watched that and I thought, "Now there's someone who has been carefully rehearsing that speech for a few weeks."
aviv_b 15th-Jul-2013 04:41 pm (UTC)
Damn. Just when I thought this couldn't get any worse...

Given that its Florida which doesn't seem to have any problem trying to disenfranchise minority voters, nothing would surprise me.
shipperx 15th-Jul-2013 04:51 pm (UTC)
Also no desire to be a tinhat. But I have to admit to having wondered how much Florida wanted to win the case as it would have repercussions on the Stand Your Ground laws. :(
roseofjuly 15th-Jul-2013 05:54 pm (UTC)
Not really; the defense didn't use Stand Your Ground. They decided against it and used self-defense instead. And either way, the entire case is a commentary on SYG regardless of how it went.
shipperx 16th-Jul-2013 08:06 pm (UTC)
It may not have been cited but it was definitely involved.

From Anderson Cooper's interview with a juror:
COOPER: Because of the two options you had, second degree murder or manslaughter, you felt neither applied?
JUROR: Right. Because of the heat of the moment and the Stand Your Ground. He had a right to defend himself. If he felt threatened that his life was going to be taken away from him or he was going to have bodily harm, he had a right.


So basically they bought into the idea that Zimmerman could ignore a law officer's instruction, stalk an unarmed kid, and shoot the kid when Zimmerman felt threatened... because the kid reacted to being stalked by a stranger.
roseofjuly 22nd-Jul-2013 05:07 am (UTC)
I think she actually cited it incorrectly. That comes from Florida's self-defense laws, not SYG.
bellichka 15th-Jul-2013 05:55 pm (UTC)
Correct me if I'm wrong, but "Stand Your Ground" was not at play in Zimmerman's case, correct? Or am I wrong?
bananainpyjamas 15th-Jul-2013 06:08 pm (UTC)
Well they didn't specifically use a SYG defense but the law makes self-defense much easier to "prove", even if SYG isn't specifically invoked. It also grants Zimmerman immunity from a wrongful death civil lawsuit.
shipperx 16th-Jul-2013 08:07 pm (UTC)
From Anderson Cooper's Interview with one of the jurors:

COOPER: Because of the two options you had, second degree murder or manslaughter, you felt neither applied?
JUROR: Right. Because of the heat of the moment and the Stand Your Ground. He had a right to defend himself. If he felt threatened that his life was going to be taken away from him or he was going to have bodily harm, he had a right.
zinnia_rose 15th-Jul-2013 06:08 pm (UTC)
God knows we have no idea why Corey was smiling during her press conference

Oh, I have several ideas. For example, she's a racist asshat.

Edited at 2013-07-15 06:08 pm (UTC)
bushy_brow 15th-Jul-2013 06:57 pm (UTC)
Right? And I'm sure that one was just off the top of your head.
zinnia_rose 16th-Jul-2013 07:10 pm (UTC)
Welp, I can't say I had to think real hard about it.
keeperofthekeys 15th-Jul-2013 07:20 pm (UTC)
When I turned on the news Sat night, this had just started. I was so confused by the way she was acting and what she was saying I at first thought I had gotten things mixed up and she was part of the defense.

tbh the only person who seemed to give a shit during that press conference was de la Rionda.
rhysande 15th-Jul-2013 08:49 pm (UTC)
I kind of got the impression Florida was more interested in conducting a show of prosecution than an actual prosecution, so I guess Angela Corey's "we did what we set out to do" speech makes perfect sense.

ETA: Sorry this doesn't follow up on what you said - I thought I was leaving a comment for the main thread, not in reply to you.

Edited at 2013-07-15 09:30 pm (UTC)
tadashee 15th-Jul-2013 08:40 pm (UTC)
I didn't watch the actual case, just some media coverage. I did turn on CNN when I heard the verdict. When Angela Corey was speaking ( I didn't know who she was) I assumed she was on the defense because she was smiling. It was weird.

Second, I heard so much about the strong opening an closing of John guy, but when a reporter asked him about his statement in the closing ceremony about this cases being a message- he totally denied it. It was really weird to me. Like I get he is a gov employee, but you can be unhappy with the verdict. They all just seemed so content.
danceprincess20 15th-Jul-2013 09:48 pm (UTC)
She's in hot water with a lot of people (on both sides of the aisle) for many things....I also hear lots of rumors about things that happen outside of her office.
its_anya 15th-Jul-2013 10:40 pm (UTC)
Do tell...
danceprincess20 15th-Jul-2013 10:53 pm (UTC)
A few "on the record" things that have happened locally. She likes to threaten people who disagree with her.
http://www.altweeklies.com/aan/fla-state-attorney-insults-reporters-appearance-in-response-to-critical-blog-post/Article?oid=5886230
http://jacksonville.com/opinion/blog/400601/ron-littlepage/2012-06-08/ron-littlepage-angela-coreys-hissy-fits-threats
(after that, among other things was written by the TU about her, she took them off her office's media email lists)

And all I'll say is that I've heard that the cops around here are told to turn a blind eye to certain things she may get caught doing (like, imbibing certain things before driving a vehicle). It may be nothing more than rumors but I've heard it mentioned by a few people.
wonderpup 16th-Jul-2013 01:17 am (UTC)
She shouldn't be saying anything at this point, tbh.

As a prosecutor I know that the two prosecutors standing next to her want to be nowhere near her. When you lose a case the last thing you want is to go in front of a camera.

I get why she's making a statement, but she really should've just had her office's PR person release a statement and not do it live in person. She's grandstanding, and we just don't do that.
bemused_leftist 16th-Jul-2013 10:41 am (UTC)
Corey personally prosecuted Marissa Alexander to the fullest extent of the law for firing a single warning shot at her abusive husband

Did Alexander actually fire AT him? I thought she fired at the ceiling.
moljn 16th-Jul-2013 03:31 pm (UTC)
The ceiling was probably white, though.
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