FLORIDA, July 15, 2013 — On Saturday night, an all-female six-member jury in the central Florida port city of Sanford acquitted neighborhood watch captain George Zimmerman of wrongdoing in the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin.
Since then, attention has turned to prosecutor Angela Corey.
Her apparently extra-legal tactics in the case have generated a groundswell of public concern. On Friday, she fired one of her office’s employees, Ben Kruidbos, after he testified in court about materials not being given to George Zimmerman’s defense team.
According to right-of-center pundit Judson Phillips, Kruidbos “recovered images from Trayvon Martin’s cell phone. These images were in addition to other information that the Florida Department of Law Enforcement had recovered. Ben Kruidbos sought the advice of an attorney after he became concerned that prosecutor Bernie de la Rionda had not turned those images over to the defense, and he was concerned he might have legal liability for that.
“That attorney turned the images over to the defense. On June 6, Kruidbos testified at a hearing where defense lawyers sought sanctions against Corey and her office for refusing to turn over exculpatory materials. The judge has not yet ruled on that motion.”
Now, veteran attorney and Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz says Corey committed criminal acts against Zimmerman.
“I think there were violations of civil rights and civil liberties — by the prosecutor,” he said in a Sunday interview with Newsmax. “The prosecutor sent this case to a judge, and willfully, deliberately, and in my view criminally withheld exculpatory evidence.”
“They denied the judge the right to see pictures that showed Zimmerman with his nose broken and his head bashed in,” he explained. “The prosecution should be investigated for civil rights violations, and civil liberty violations.”
Dershowitz later stated that Corey “possess(ed) photographs that would definitely show a judge that this was not an appropriate case for second-degree murder. She deliberately withheld and suppressed those photographs, refused to show them to the judge, got the judge to rule erroneously this was a second-degree murder case.
“That violated a whole range of ethical, professional, and legal obligations that prosecutors have. Moreover, they withheld other evidence in the course of the pretrial and trial proceedings, as has been documented by the defense team.”
Dershowitz is hardly alone in his criticism of Corey. On her Sunday night Fox News program, former New York State Judge Jeanine Pirro made no hesitation of stating her views.
“Almost every legal expert on both sides of the aisle agree….in contrast to Special Prosecutor Angela Corey, that evidence presented by the prosecutors was insufficient to convict, which begs the question of whether the charges against George Zimmerman were proper or a capitulation to public pressure by the Governor and that appointed State’s Attorney who continues to say that the public had a right to watch this trial as though it’s theater,” Pirro said. “As though criminal justice and evidence is about theater for the public’s interest.
“Still pending, though: Why did Special Prosecutor Angela Corey file charges in the first place? Why did she not present this case to a grand jury scheduled for April 10th of 2012, but instead file charges on her own the very next day, canceling the grand jury? Why did we not see the picture of George Zimmerman’s injuries until after the charges were filed? Why did she not hand over seemingly exculpatory material as required by the law?”
These questions are more than worthwhile; they are essential for bringing about justice in Zimmerman’s malicious and seemingly criminal prosecution.
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