2013 TURKEYS OF THE YEAR

State Attorney Angela Corey

She's keeps some media in the dark

Kaila Kolbeck
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Smiling from ear-to-ear and excitedly answering questions from reporters during a press conference last July, State Attorney Angela Corey looked more like she’d won the lottery instead of just losing one of the most controversial criminal trials in Florida in recent years. As special prosecutor in the George Zimmerman trial, she was criticized for filing second-degree murder charges (considered “overzealous” by some), since the law enforcement agency that investigated Trayvon Martin’s death found no probable cause to charge Zimmerman in the first place. Before the verdict was returned, she fired the State Attorney’s information technology director Ben Kruidbos, who had claimed that Corey’s office withheld discovery from the defense. Kruidbos has since filed a formal complaint with the Florida Commission on Human Relations. When Harvard Law School professor Alan Dershowitz condemned Corey’s actions — or, rather, the lack thereof — she called school administrators and, according to Dershowitz, threatened to sue Harvard for libel and him personally for libel and slander. But it was The Florida Times-Union that was ultimately “punished” when Corey refused to speak to the newspaper’s reporters, a move they viewed as “refusing to meet her responsibility as a public servant to be fully accountable to the residents she represents.” Prior to, but unrelated to, the trial, Corey used $235,000 in taxpayers’ money to upgrade her pension and that of her senior prosecutor, Bernie de la Rionda. No wonder she’s been smiling.

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