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Who is Angela Corey, prosecutorial madwoman?
Angela Corey is known as a tough prosecutor (tough as in unreasonable) who is notorious for overcharging. She uses props such as a big cross on a chain around her neck to portray a nicer Angela.
She had a falling out with her boss, Harry Shorstein, in 2006 when she was an assistant state’s attorney, and was fired.
Shorstein said he had an outstanding program for juveniles set up which provided them with counseling, training, education. and so on. It gave them a chance at rehabilitation. Since they still get out of prison at a young age, it’s better they come out redeemed, he said. That coincides with studies on juvenile crime which have also indicate that if youth come out of adult prison instead of juvenile detention, they come out as hardened criminals.
Angela Corey, not one to look at people on a case-by-case basis, sends the juveniles right to adult court.
Shorstein said she lies. She told numerous lies in the case of a 12-year old Hispanic boy who murdered his 2 -year old brother, Shorstein said. She sent to adult court and he will spend his life in prison.
Shorstein said he fired Corey for unprofessional conduct. The law school professor who sent interns to their office complained Corey was profane, abusive, particularly to women, and unprofessional.
Her response to the criticism was to send a letter to the Dean attacking the professor. Shorstein told her to apologize or be fired, and she refused, so he fired her. With a vengeance, she filed a complaint against Shorstein but it was denied.
She ran for Shorestein’s job when he retired and won. She then proceeded to fire 10 assistant state attorneys, over half of the investigators, and 48 support employees.
In 2009, one defendent, Ronald Thompson, a 65-year old Army veteran, fired two shots into the ground to scare off teens who were demanding entry into his friend’s house. Corey charged him with aggravated assault and when he refused a plea deal with a 3 year prison sentence, she sent him to jail for 20 years.
A Fourth Circuit Appeals court judge found the sentence unconstitutional and a ‘crime in itself.’ Corey appealed, won, and sent Thompson to jail for 20 years. The Fourth Circuit ordered a new trial and he is free awaiting Corey’s decision.
As a 65-year old, he received a life sentence for firing two warning shots into the ground.
In May 2012, Marissa Alexander, a black young woman who just had a baby, was in a confrontation with her abusive ex-husband who she happened upon at her former home. Her children were with him. She had a restraining order against him. They got into a heated exchange. She went to her car, got her gun, and fired warning shots in his direction.
She was arrested and offered a 3-year prison sentence which she declined. She was then offered probation and refused. She lost at trial and was slammed with the maximum of 20-years thanks to Angela Corey, vindictive madwoman.
To get George Zimmerman indicted, Corey withheld exculpatory evidence, something she has done before unscathed.
Exculpatory evidence is protected by the Constitution. Prosecutors must voluntarily hand over the information as soon as they know it. She was aware of the evidence and knowingly made an unethical and illegal decision to withhold the information from the defense. She even swore to her deceit in an affidavit.
She withheld it from the police officer as well who then filed an erroneous report as a result.
In the affidavit, Corey’s prosecutor – Bernie de la Rionda – said Zimmerman was profiling Martin. He had no basis for it. He made it up.
When famed lawyer Alan Dershowitz criticized Corey for her behavior in the Zimmerman case, she filed a complaint with Harvard, where Dershowitz is an esteemed professor, and insisted he be censured or fired.
Corey sees herself as a social justice advocate and a political being. She is supposed to be upholding the law, but, instead, she is deciding cases based on what she thinks the defendant is guilty of. She is the thought police.
Corey continually refused to give the defense evidence in the Zimmerman case, frustrating the defense team and attempting to deprive Zimmerman of a fair trial. It took months before they got a clear copy of the photo showing Zimmerman’s injuries for instance.
Corey has been indicted for hiding exculpatory evidence from the defense and could be disbarred. Alan Dershowitz is hoping she will be. He does not see her as anyone who should be allowed to serve as a prosecutor.
Unfortunately, as long as Corey is in office, no one can touch her. She skates for now.
After the verdict by the Zimmerman jury, she gave an interview to CNN in which she called Zimmerman a murderer and Trayvon his prey, knowing this would stir angry protests and put Zimmerman and his family in further danger. Zimmerman’s parents have gone back into hiding because of the too-numerous-to-count death threats they have received.
The Fourth Judicial Circuit Information Technology Director Ben Kruidbos, who worked under Corey, retrieved photos and texts from Trayvon’s phone the police did not find. They showed Martin with a photo of a hand holding a gun, him standing in front of marijuana plants, a text about a drug interaction, and more. It is not known what were in the many other photos and texts. Kruidbos deleted them.
Prosecutor Bernie de la Rionda never turned this evidence over to the defense.
Kruidbos became a whistleblower and notified the defense. He said, “Thousands of pictures and deleted texts or pieces of evidence were withheld.”
During the trial, upon questioning by the defense lawyer, Kruidbos said he was concerned about the prosecutors not turning over evidence. He was fired immediately by Corey’s office. He is now suing her.
Kruidbos said he doesn’t have any regrets but he is terrified about the future.
His attorney Wesley White — who resigned from the State Attorney’s Office in December and is a critic of Corey — said the firing was aimed at sending a message to office employees “that if they feel like there is wrongdoing,” they should not disclose it or seek legal guidance from a private attorney.
“If they do speak to an attorney, then they are dead,” he said. “The State Attorney’s Office will do whatever is necessary to not only terminate them, but destroy their reputations in the process.”
This is who Angela Corey is, prosecutorial tyrant and madwoman.