Prosecution and Defense Continue to Battle After Zimmerman's Acquittal
The prosecution and the defense have had a vigorous back-and-forth since George Zimmerman's acquittal in the death of Trayvon Martin, with both sides weighing in on the other's handling of the case.
Zimmerman's chief defense attorney, Mike O'Mara, had been particularly vocal about the prosecution's withholding of evidence for months while preparing for the trial.The law requires prosecutors to share evidence with defense attorneys, especially if it helps to exonerate defendants. The requirement is known as the Brady disclosure.
"This is not acceptable, and is not going to be tolerated in any case that I'm involved in," said O'Mara."They are a disgrace to my profession. They said my client was 'lucky' to have been acquitted. Really?"
Prosecutor Angela Corey said these statements were unprofessional. She pointed to having O'Mara show a judge's ruling where her office acted improperly.
But even though Corey defends the prosecution's handling of the case, legal experts have called for Corey to be disbarred. Legal scholar Alan Dershowitz,who is renowned for his involvement in high-profile criminal cases and is well-regarded in the legal field, slammed Corey's handling of the case.
"She violated all kinds of rules of the profession, and her conduct bordered on criminal conduct. She's known for overcharging, she's known for being highly political. And in this case, of course she overcharged," began Dershowitz. "Halfway through the trial she realized she wasn't going to get a second-degree murder verdict, so she asked for a compromised verdict, for manslaughter. And then, she went even further and said that she was going to charge him with child abuse and felony murder. That was such a stretch that it goes beyond anything professionally responsible. She was among the most irresponsible prosecutors I've seen in 50 years of litigating cases, and believe me, I've seen good prosecutors, bad prosecutors, but rarely have I seen one as bad as this prosecutor, [Angela] Cory."
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