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Angela Corey has Got to Go Before She Can Destroy the Lives of More Kids

 Under Florida State Prosecutor Angela Corey’s leadership, trends like prosecuting young children and minors in adult court will only get worse. Voters must get rid of her.

I honestly believe that some people pursue a Juris Doctor degree for dastardly reasons. Their neural circuitry is wired in such a way that they emotionally thrive on the pain and suffering of their fellow human beings — under the pretext of “protecting the community” — and reap all sorts of sick, twisted, perverted psychic fulfillment from witnessing the havoc they’ve wreaked on their client’s lives.

Take two-term Florida State Prosecutor Angela Corey, for example, who is featured in the Mic video above and is on the cusp of losing her bid for a third term as state attorney. She’s what some people would call the “Darth Susan” of the legal world: ruthless, insipid, completely remorseless, sheisty, unfeeling and trained connoisseur of hate. She dabbles in prosecutorial fuckery with such finesse that even Lucifer would come off as tame and squeamish in her presence.

According to Jessica Piskho’s report in The Nation, Corey, who worked her way up through Florida’s legal market, has served as state prosecutor of the Fourth Judicial Circuit for eight hellish years. Her tenure began in 2008.

In that time she’s managed to accumulate a shitload of bad press, much of which she seems to have courted with open arms.

In 2012, she pissed off domestic-violence activists by prosecuting 31-year-old Marissa Alexander, a black mother who fired a warning shot into the air to ward off her abusive, estranged husband. Corey threw the book at her. It took just twelve minutes for a jury to convict Alexander. She was staring down a 20-year prison sentence. Fortunately, after a new trial in 2013, she ended up only serving three, but not without Corey vowing to re-prosecute and send Alexander away for 60 years.

Corey was also responsible for the acquittal of George Zimmerman in 2013 for the murder of 16-year-old Trayvon Martin. Her office overcharged Zimmerman — charging him with second-degree murder instead of manslaughter. That meant she had to prove intent, making it more difficult for her to try her case, a move which did all but announce the damn not-guilty verdict itself.

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And these are just her high-profile flops.

On prosecutor Corey’s watch, felony charges on behalf of Florida state against its minors doubled, resulting in a huge spike of young people (75 percent) charged as adults.

One of those young people was Cristian Fernandez, a sexually-abused 12-year-old boy who nearly served a life sentence in an adult prison for accidentally killing his 2-year-old brother, until a pro bono lawyer intervened, chopped down his sentence to 7 years, and had him transferred to a juvenile facility.

But Cristian isn’t alone.

Corey’s office has tried 77 kids in adult court, close to half of them under 16. Of that 77, 65 were black youth.

A trend like this, under a statesperson like this, can only get worse.

Now, none of this is to imply that Corey’s leading opponent, Melissa Nelson — who currently tops her in the polls — would be any better. The only bits I know about her is that she’s far right of my politics, beloved by the NRA, and is one helluva fundraiser.

But ousting Corey — a cruel, certifiable child hater — out of public office before she can do any more damage, is long overdue.


Antwan is an educator, cultural critic, actor, and writer for Wear Your Voice Mag (WYV), where he focuses on the dynamics of class, race, gender, politics, and pop culture. Prior to joining the team at WYV, he was an adjunct professor in the African American Studies Department at Valdosta State University in southern Georgia, where he taught African American Literature. He has traveled the U.S. and U.K. showcasing a fifty-five minute, one-person play titled Whitewash, which focuses on the state of black men in the post-civil rights era. Antwan received his B.A. in English and Literature from California State University, Dominguez Hills, and M.A. in African American Studies from University of California, Los Angeles. He is a Ronald E. McNair Scholar and NAACP theater nominee.

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