When both the NRA and the local president of the NAACP want you out of office, you are in trouble. Angela Corey found herself in that position after ham-handling a number of cases that she chose to prosecute, including George Zimmerman in the Trayvon Martin self defense case.
Melissa Nelson, a corporate lawyer and former prosecutor, claimed 64% of the vote over Corey’s 26% in the fourth circuit, which oversees Jacksonville, Fla. Nelson will face Kenny Leigh, a write-in candidate who runs a men’s only law firm, in the general election. (Fun fact: no write-in candidate has ever been elected to a state attorney position in Florida, the Florida Times-Union has reported.)
USA today gets the case exactly wrong, still sticking to the discredited notion that racism was a major feature of the case.
To her biggest critics, Corey is the prosecutor who failed to convince a jury to convict Zimmerman of second-degree murder for fatally shooting Martin, a black 17-year-old. Civil rights leaders have told USA TODAY that if Martin had been white, Zimmerman would have been arrested the night of the shooting.
This from IamGMJohnson on Twitter:
Anyone who actually studied the trial knows that Corey bent, very likely broke, the rules as far as she could get away with in trying to convict George Zimmerman. The idea that she “play prosecuted” him is a leftwing conspiracy fantasy.
There was incredible racism in the coverage of the case, but it was racism directed at George Zimmerman.
There are many reasons why the NRA endorsed Milissa Nelson as Corey’s primary opponent.
One that was clear was Corey’s willingness to prosecute an obviously innocent man for political reasons. The Zimmerman case was so obviously one sided that most of the prosecution witness came off as testifying for Zimmerman. The best analysis of the case and trial has been done by Massad Ayoob, one of the most successful writers on the law of Self Defense and a sought after expert witness. From Massad’s analysis:
The right is unhappy with the special prosecutor. National Review had this to say about Ms. Corey: http://nationalreview.com/article/353633/angela-coreys-checkered-past-ian-tuttle/page/0/1.
The left apparently isn’t too thrilled with her either, as seen in the Daily Beast, here: http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2013/07/19/angela-corey-s-overzealous-prosecution-of-marissa-alexander.html .
Her fellow attorneys seem, for the most part, to be aghast at how she has handled the Zimmerman case, as seen here in law professor Jonathan Turley’s blog: http://jonathanturley.org/2013/07/18/zimmerman-prosecutors-angela-corey-under-fire-for-public-comments-and-allegedly-threatening-action-against-harvard-law-professor/ .
The idea that Corey lost her primary because she did not prosecute George Zimmerman *hard enough* is absurd. It is a closed Republican primary. It is unlikely that any of the black conspiracy theorists who the USAToday quotes from the twitter feed, were registered Republicans. They certainly did not make a difference in the Florida primary.
Corey also prosecuted a lot of black men, and some of those cases have also been controversial.
Corey will now be looking for other employment. The old media is attempting to spin that her loss happened because she was not politically correct enough.
It is an Orwellian rewrite of cause and effect.
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