Jacksonville Criminal Lawyer and Duval County State Attorney Speaks About Media

I woke up this morning and saw a lot of posts on my Facebook news feed talking about the Duval County State Attorney, Angela Corey.  As a Jacksonville criminal attorney, I wanted to see what it was about.  Ever since the George Zimmerman case, I have been seeing Angela Corey’s name in the papers.  The article that was circulating on Facebook today came from the Miami Herald.  The article discussed a meeting at the First Coast Tiger Bay Club in which Angela Corey was a speaker.  It is not usual for a Duval County prosecutor or Jacksonville criminal lawyer to speak at a function.  This occurs on a regular basis.  Sometimes, the attorneys are educating the public on a certain subject matter.  Other times, they are discussing an issue.

The First Coast Tiger Bay Club sent out a newsletter about the January meeting.   The newsletter stated that Angela Corey and Bernie de la Rionda would be discussing the Zimmerman trial and other criminal justice issues.  However, the Miami Herald’s headlines focused on one issue, “The Zimmerman prosecutor says she does read the news.”  While I was not present at the meeting, I do read the news on a regular basis.  I enjoy posting local articles on this Jacksonville Attorneys website and the 20 Miles Law Jacksonville Criminal Defense Lawyers website.  The Miami Herald article explained the headline:

“The state attorney who oversaw the prosecution of George Zimmerman in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin says she doesn’t read newspapers and doesn’t think the public should know any details about a criminal case until it goes to a jury.  Angela Corey of the Jacksonville-based 4th Circuit Court discussed her news preferences and her opinions on Florida’s open-government laws during an address Friday to the First Coast Tiger Bay Club…. According to the Times-Union, Corey was asked about a recent New York Times article about a police investigation in St. Johns County. Corey said she had not read the article because she doesn’t read any media.  ‘I don’t read any newspapers,’ she said. ‘My people tell me what I need to know.’  Corey also said that media should not be allowed to report on high-profile cases because they publish details that are never heard by a jury, such as text messages in Zimmerman’s case that were reported by several news outlets but never presented as evidence.  ‘The public doesn’t need to know anything about a case before it goes to trial,’ she said.”

Corey is correct.  The jury should not be predisposed about cases.  The jury should be neutral.  However, I do not agree with her statement.  There is the jury selection process.  This helps Jacksonville attorneys find a neutral jury.  As a Jacksonville Florida resident, I want to know what is going on.  I enjoy opening my laptop and reading headlines.  I enjoy watching the news at night.  I like to be informed.  I do not want to ignore the news.  If I end up on a jury, I will be honest and tell the lawyers that I have read the articles and that I have formed and opinion.  I hope that other potential jurors will do the same.  The attorney for George Zimmerman made a similar comment.  He stated, “As long as we have an effective jury selection process, which we do, it shouldn’t be a problem for someone to receive a fair trial.”  Also, “Florida law also allows prosecutors to argue to a judge for some information not to be released to the public.”

I believe that Corey is entitled to her opinion on the laws.  She did not say something “wrong” but merely stated how she feels about a Florida law.  She should not be criminalized for her feelings.  Jacksonville criminal defense attorneys are entitled to do the same.  People do not always agree with my opinion.  The important thing is that even if we do not agree with a law, we follow it.  For instance, even if you think marijuana should be legal, it is still illegal and you should follow the law.  Otherwise, you will end up with a Jacksonville possession of marijuana charge.

Posted in News permalink

About Cynthia, 20 Miles Law

Cynthia Veintemillas

Jacksonville Criminal Lawyer Cynthia Veintemillas Photo

Cynthia Veintemillas is an experienced Florida attorney. She began her legal career at the public defender’s office in Jacksonville, Florida. Her primary practice fields include criminal defense, litigation, and family law. She has also represented many people facing foreclosure in Duval County, Clay County, and St. Johns County, Florida.

Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice

  • Florida, 2006
  • South Carolina, 2007
  • Middle District of Florida, 2009

Professional & Bar Association Memberships

  • Florida Bar 
Member Since: 2006
  • South Carolina 
Member Since: 2007
  • Jacksonville Bar 
Member Since: 2008
  • Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers


Jacksonville Criminal Lawyer and Duval County State Attorney Speaks About Media — 52 Comments

  1. Pingback: Buy discount viagra online

  2. Pingback: cialis coupons

  3. Pingback: cialis prices

  4. Pingback: order cialis online

  5. Pingback: Usa viagra sales

  6. Pingback: Samples of viagra

  7. Pingback: cialis

  8. Pingback: viagra pills for sale

  9. Pingback: ciprofloxacin 500mg antibiotics

  10. Pingback: is there a generic cialis available in the us

  11. Pingback: generic ventolin inhalers for sale

  12. Pingback: buy generic cialis online

  13. Pingback: naltrexone brand name

  14. Pingback: cialis coupons

  15. Pingback: buying cialis cheap

  16. Pingback: online viagra

  17. Pingback: cialis super active

  18. Pingback: viagra suppliers

  19. Pingback: online pharmacy viagra

  20. Pingback: chloroquine 150 mg

  21. Pingback: cheap viagra

  22. Pingback: viagra 100mg

  23. Pingback: cheapest ed pills online

  24. Pingback: pills for ed

  25. Pingback: over the counter erectile dysfunction pills

  26. Pingback: canada online pharmacy

  27. Pingback: Viagra or cialis

  28. Pingback: vardenafil 20mg

  29. Pingback: levitra 10mg

  30. Pingback: buy cheap generic viagra

  31. Pingback: empire city casino online

  32. Pingback: generic cialis

  33. Pingback: real money online casinos usa

  34. Pingback: viagra online

  35. Pingback: free slots

  36. Pingback: best online casino for money

  37. Pingback: compare prices viagra generic 100mg

  38. Pingback: bimatoprost generic best price

  39. Pingback: cialis without doctor prescription

  40. Pingback: cash payday

  41. Pingback: personal loan

  42. Pingback: online payday loans

  43. Pingback: order viagra online

  44. Pingback: buy cialis

  45. Pingback: free slots online

  46. Pingback: real money casino app

  47. Pingback: online casino best online casinos

  48. Pingback: betfred bonus king bingo

  49. Pingback: Best Online Casinos 2020

  50. Pingback: cialis buy

  51. Pingback: cialis buy

  52. Pingback: generic cialis