Angela Corey’s office had – by her account, anyway – the legal equivalent of a wardrobe malfunction yesterday. While distributing what thesmokingun.com calls “supplementary discovery records,” they included two items that weren’t supposed to go out to the public: George Zimmerman’s high school and college transcripts and the above photo of Trayvon Martin’s dead body lying face down in the grass. There are, of course, two explanations for this. The first is that someone in the prosecutor’s office inadvertently included a few pieces of evidence with a routine release that simply shouldn’t have been there. A regrettable administrative cluster. It happens. Then there’s the more likely explanation . . .
That scenario has a prosecutor in one of the highest profile cases in years seeing both the evidence and the tide of public opinion steadily going against her. To slow the momentum, she “accidentally” releases inflammatory evidence – a shot of the dead kid’s body and Zimmerman’s grades detailing his failing academic record – in a desperate attempt to salvage her case.
It’s probably just a coincidence that all of the mistakenly released evidence happens to work against the defendant, and will be seen by some as confirmation that Zimmerman was nothing more than a dim racist mouthbreather out to shoot him a black kid.
After distributing the picture, a Corey aide sent an e-mail to reporters noting that a “photo depicting the killing of a person” was “confidential and exempt” pursuant to state law.
No explanation or excuse for the release, just an apparently half-hearted claim of legal exemption. You make the call.