Who Is Angela Corey?
Florida state attorney is expected to make announcement in Trayvon Martin case by Friday
All eyes are trained on Florida special prosecutor Angela Corey, one day after defense attorneys announced they were no longer representing George Zimmerman against pending charges in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin.
Following a bizarre press conference by Zimmerman’s former legal team on Tuesday, Corey’s office announced she would speak more about the Martin case “within the next 72 hours.”
Lawyers Hal Uhrig and Craig Sonner revealed Zimmerman had contacted Corey as recently as Tuesday, which they said violates legal protocol. Corey’s office indicated on Monday that she would not send the case to a grand jury, effectively leaving the decision of charges against George Zimmerman entirely up to her.
But who exactly is the woman behind this critical decision, which can come at any moment? Here are few things you should know about Florida state attorney Angela Corey:
- In 2009, she was sworn in as top lawyer in Florida’s Fourth Judicial Circuit, which has jurisdiction over all felony prosecutions. Before that she spent 25 years as an assistant state attorney, prosecuting hundreds of cases. (CNN)
- As state attorney, Corey has avoided punting cases to a grand jury.
- With a reputation for being the Sunshine State’s toughest prosecutor, the 57-year-old Republican oversaw a first-degree murder indictment for the youngest person to ever be charged as an adult in Florida. (NYDN)
- According to analysis by Florida Times-Union, Corey has been the toughest on juvenile crime. She doubled the number of juvenile felony cases in her tenure. (FTU)
- The county that Corey’s office oversees has the highest incarceration rate of any jurisdiction with a population over 500,000, according to a new study by the University of North Florida. (CNN)
Stay tuned to Loop21 for developments in the Trayvon Martin case.