The “Exculpatory Rule” and its Application to Prosecutors.

That lead prosecutor in the Zimmerman case, Angela Corey? Now under indictment for allegedly falsifying the arrest warrant and complaint that led to George Zimmerman’s arrest and prosecution, she could also lose her law license.

Under Florida’s Bar Ethical Rule 3.8, prosecutors in a criminal case are required to “refrain from prosecuting a charge that the prosecutor knows is not supported by probable cause or make timely disclosure to the defense of all evidence or information known to the prosecutor which tends to negate the guilt of the accused or mitigate the offense.” This is known in legal circles as “the Exculpatory Rule.”

Despite this long-standing rule, which is in effect in almost every state, when these charges were originally filed, Corey reportedly withheld material evidence which supported Zimmerman’s self-defense claim. Further, one day AFTER the trial ended, the state proved its vindictiveness by firing its information technology specialist who testified at the trial about the withholding of evidence.

A Florida prosecutor’s office in turmoil? Yes. Conflicted about the morality and ethics of its responsibility? Yes. But, an office which has, despite the turmoil, done the right thing? Yes. Ms. Corey, who did what she did – attempting to secure her re-election with the aid of the blacks living in and around Sanford – should not be elected to any public office in the future; not even dogcatcher.

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