Angela Corey, bringing people together
Let's do talk about Angela Corey, the special prosecutor of George Zimmerman. In addition to seeing that the Zimmerman family lives in fear, Angela Corey seems to see the world as a better place when a profoundly abused 12 year old boy is, in effect, placed in solitary confinement because adult facilities simply cannot meet the needs of such a prisioner; where a battered woman gets to watch from behind bars as her assailant now raises their children; and where an ailing elderly man withers in prison for committing an act of chivalry.
The last is poor Ronald Thompson. He was a 62 year old disabled veteran and an active volunteer in veteran's affairs when he came to the aid of a neighbor. Her grandson and three of his friends were defying her demands they stay away from her house. Thompson fired two shots into the ground to scare them off. What happened next?
Placing simple-minded consistency over common sense, State Prosecutor Angela Corey charged Ronald Thompson with four counts of aggravated assault with a firearm, each carrying a mandatory minimum of 20 years under the 10-20-Life gun law.
Simple-minded sums it up pretty well.
...A jury convicted Thompson. The 17-year-old belligerent said he felt threatened and Thompson discharged a gun. Case closed. The jury, however, did not know that Thompson faced a minimum of 20 years, and at sentencing, the judge's integrity asserted itself. Having sat through the trial and heard all the facts, the judge announced that to send Ronald Thompson to prison for two decades would be a "crime in itself." The judge sentenced him to three years instead.
Hallelujah! Some common sense prevails. But Ms. Corey would have none of that.
On behalf of the state of Florida, Ms. Corey appealed and the appeals court imposed the 20-year mandatory prison sentence.
From all appearances, Ms. Corey is more concerned only with her prosecution stats and gives not a rat's ass about justice or Florida's citizens.
Corey has managed to united activists across the political spectrum in condemning her inflexible, grandstanding lunacy.