Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Year after Zimmerman Case, Call for Corey to Go; Group Traveling across Florida Stops in City to Protest against State Attorney

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Year after Zimmerman Case, Call for Corey to Go; Group Traveling across Florida Stops in City to Protest against State Attorney

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Byline: Dana Treen

In front of State Attorney Angela Corey's office in Jacksonville, a clutch of activists Monday marked the one-year anniversary of the George Zimmerman acquittal in the Trayvon Martin case by chanting for her resignation.

"We gotta get rid of Angela Corey," the refrain ended after invoking Zimmerman and Martin as well as the high-profile Jacksonville cases of Michael Dunn and Marissa Alexander. Dunn awaits a new trial in the homicide of Jacksonville teenager Jordan Davis after a jury couldn't decide on his first-degree murder charge. Alexander, whose initial conviction on three counts of aggravated assault was overturned, also is awaiting a new trial.

The group was traveling to St. Augustine and Bunnell before ending the day in Sanford, where Zimmerman was tried, said Stephanie Guilloud of Project South, an Atlanta group.

Along the way, the members planned to present plaques to churches and others who offered support on behalf of Martin during the Zimmerman trial. In Sanford they will end at a memorial to the teenager, Guilloud said.

They began in Jacksonville in front of the Courthouse Annex on Bay Street to focus on Corey, whose office is in the building and who prosecuted all three cases.

Terry Gilliam of the Jacksonville chapter of the Southern Christian Leadership Council called for Corey's ouster.

"Lord, stop the pain by getting evil up out of these offices," she said.

The protesters represented a group of activists from 10 Southern states that advocate for a variety of issues. They include the New Jim Crow Movement in Jacksonville and Free Marissa Now.

In a news release, the group said 400,000 people in Florida are disenfranchised from voting. They criticized what they said was Corey's long track record of "over-sentencing record numbers of young black and Latino people."

The State Attorney's Office said the group has misinformed the public, particularly that grass-roots pressure led to Alexander's guilty verdict getting thrown out - it was overturned due to an error in jury instructions. …

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