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All eyes on Angela Corey

Trayvon Martin case casts flattering light on controversial State Attorney

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“I think what you have here is an elected public official who made a campaign speech last night for re-election when she gave her presentation and over-charged [the defendant George Zimmerman],” he said. Dershowitz predicted Corey would “win a lot of popularity contests” for her decision to charge Zimmerman with second-degree murder instead of a lesser manslaughter charge, but called her probable cause motion “not only thin but irresponsible.”

“A good judge will throw this out, and I think probably [Corey] will be satisfied with that,” Dershowitz continued. “You know, she's won her campaign … she's the hero.”

Those who live in her fourth district jurisdiction, which includes Jacksonville, are unlikely to forget now-13-year-old Cristian Fernandez and the life sentence he faces and may not ever label her a hero. The qualifying period for the State Attorneys' race ended Friday, April 20, and whatever thoughts any serious candidate had about challenging her were scuttled by her April 11 speech. “She's unbeatable,” concedes Harry Shorstein, who fired Corey in 2006 when he was State Attorney, and who remains a bitter foe. “Nobody's running now.”

Anne Schindler is the editor of Jacksonville'sFolio Weekly.

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