Former judge and district attorney Jeanine Pirro ripped into the special prosecutor overseeing the George Zimmerman case on the “Justice with Judge Jeanine” program on Sunday, with a scathing series of questions about whether the decision to charge Zimmerman with second-degree murder in the death of Trayvon Martin was based on “political capitulation.”
“Should charges have even been brought in this case in the first place?” Pirro asked. “Did the special prosecutor appointed by the governor file charges because of political pressure?”
Pirro also questioned special prosecutor Angela Corey’s prosecution team’s handling of evidence in the case, asking why photos of the injuries he suffered during his struggle with the 17-year-old Martin in February 2011 were not presented while prosecutors were seeking the charges.
She also asked why Corey did not wait until a grand jury heard the case and could decide what charges Zimmerman should face, if any.
When Corey was appointed to the case by Florida Gov. Rick Scott, the case was the subject of national attention, with outrage stoked by “civil rights leaders” such as Al Sharpton. But outside considerations should have no legitimate role in prosecution decisions, Pirro said.
“The job (of prosecutor) is about the law and the facts, nothing more, nothing less,” Pirro said.
Bringing the case against Zimmerman, which was televised nationally, amounted to treating the law “as though it’s theater … for the public interest,” Pirro said.
She also questioned the handling of evidence in the case, and why Corey’s office fired a technology director who revealed that prosecutors hadn’t turned over all reports to Zimmerman’s defense team. Zimmerman’s attorneys have sought sanctions against prosecutors over their handling of evidence, but Circuit Judge Debra Nelson, who presided over the Zimmerman trial, put their motion on hold until the trial was complete.
“Still pending, the issue of sanctions against that prosecutor, Angela Corey,” Pirro said.
See Pirro’s monologue here:
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