I was skeptical of the news reports that described Angela Corey, the special prosecutor in the Trayvon Martin case, as a no-nonsense lawyer. My skepticism was rewarded amply when on April 11 I watched her announce the second degree murder charge against George Zimmerman. From the moment she stepped before the microphones, she seemed to find inordinate glee at the center of the media carnival, and indeed her demeanor throughout her presentation was ill-fitted to the occasion, as though she simply didn’t know how to strike the appropriate tone.
And now we know she wasn’t just having a bad day.
Writing at Newsmax.com, Harvard Law professor Alan Dershowitz reports that Corey telephoned the law school and “engage[d] in a 40-minute rant,” threatening to sue the school and file charges against Dershowitz for “libel and slander.”
It’s rare that I find myself in agreement with Mr. Dershowitz when the subject is anything other than the defense of Israel, about which he is resolute. I am still haunted by the memory of him lending his considerable talents to the O.J. Simpson defense team, which outmaneuvered prosecutors to achieve an acquittal for a man who clearly had butchered two human beings.
But on the Trayvon Martin case I am in complete accord with Mr. Dershowitz, who among others (including me) pointed out the manifest defects in the prosecutors’ affidavit used to file the murder charge against George Zimmerman. Because Mr. Dershowitz has had the crust to find fault with Ms. Corey’s apparently casual relationship with the facts in the case, evidenced by the complete omission from the affidavit any mention of evidence of self-defense that would weigh in George Zimmerman’s favor when said evidence was known to her, she seeks to silence him through a pathetic attempt at intimidation. If what Mr. Dershowitz has written is true, Ms. Corey is not merely inept, she is unhinged. And I predict she will become more so as the case against Zimmerman comes unraveled as it surely will. She might look to the example of Mike Nifong for instruction on what not to do.