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Zimmerman Prosecutor Angela Corey is One Tough Prosecutor, Politician

By Edward Tan, JD on April 16, 2012 5:57 AM

With the Trayvon Martin case finally rolling forward, the eyes of the public have turned towards the major players who'll be litigating the case. Angela Corey is the special prosecutor tasked with proving George Zimmerman's guilt. And she's no pushover.

Corey, 57, was the first to announce that the Florida State Attorney's Office would be pursuing second-degree murder charges against Zimmerman. Since then, she has been plunged into the national spotlight.

But who is Angela Corey?

Corey worked in the Florida State Attorney's Office for 25 years before being elected State Attorney in 2008. During her tenure, she earned a reputation for her harsh prosecution tactics. Corey shied away from striking plea deals. She instead sought to lock up defendants for long sentences.

Though she was tough as nails on camera, Corey is also known to have a delicate touch when it comes to victim's families, The Washington Post reports. The prosecutor first prayed with Martin's family before even discussing the case.

Corey's legal and political career has not been without controversy. Prior to her election, Corey was fired from the same office by her predecessor, former State Attorney Harry Shorstein. The reason was due to an intern's complaint regarding Corey's unprofessionalism.

After Corey took office, she fired 10 Florida prosecutors and half of the office's investigators.

Ironically, Corey is also well-known for cracking down on juvenile crimes. In 2009, she sent nearly 230 juvenile felony cases to be tried in adult court, twice as many than in previous years.

Regardless, George Zimmerman's prosecutor doesn't seem like a person who plays around. The Trayvon Martin case will be an interesting battle indeed.

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