One may say State Prosecutor Angela Corey has quite the conviction record, responsible for 32% of Florida’s death row sentences between 2009 and 2012. But one may also need to look closely at that cases she’s tried.
We’re familiar with her failed prosecution of George Zimmerman for the 2012 murder of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, who was simply walking from the store back to his father’s house. Yet Corey is aggressively pursuing a 60-year prison-term for Marissa Alexander, who fired a warning shot towards her abusive husband and two of his children. Both parties used the Stand-Your-Ground law in their defense.
What we may not be so familiar with is Corey’s active coercion of juveniles into plea deals to opt for detention in order to avoid adult charges. It’s probably safe to say a majority of these minors were African-American.
And we may not know that of that 32% death row conviction rate, 66% of those defendants were also Black, according to most recent reports.
Additionally, Corey’s death row sentences aren’t exactly proportional to the number of murders. Corey’s district of Duval County only makes up about 8 percent of Florida’s murders. But according to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), Miami-Dade had twice as many murders but only had 5 people on death row compared to Corey’s 21, sparking a separate debate into overcharging and Corey’s over-reliance in the death penalty.
I’m not so impressed with Ms. Corey.