Angela Corey, the Jacksonville, Florida state attorney who stonewalled for almost five months before declaring that Army National Guardsman and Iron Order prospect Kristopher Stone would not be charged “with any crime” after he shot Black Piston patch holder Zachariah “Nas T” Tipton in the head outside Nippers Beach Grille in the early evening of June 26, 2014 lost a primary election two days ago and will no longer be able to corrupt justice.
Corey has been called “the cruelest prosecutor in America.” She is best known for charging a vigilante named George Zimmerman with the murder of a black teenager named Trayvon Martin even though she knew Martin was beating Zimmerman’s head into a concrete sidewalk at the time Zimmerman fired his gun. That was a lightening rod case that led to the formation of the Black Lives Matter movement.
Corey was a so-called “law and order” advocate who also became famous for charging a 12-year-old named Cristian Fernandez with murder after he shoved his two-year-old half brother into a bookshelf. Corey prosecuted the older brother as an adult. In the last eight years, Corey has secured 24 death penalty convictions
But Corey may be most famous to readers here for pouring whitewash all over the Iron Order Motorcycle Club after Stone murdered Tipton. The woman who wanted to hang everybody refused to charge anybody with Tipton’s murder.
Tipton had punched Stone in the nose and knocked him down and Tipton was backing away when Stone pulled a pistol, fired four times and shot Tipton in the head. Police released Stone that night after deciding not to charge him and then Iron Order sergeant at arms and current Iron Order vice-president, Lieutenant Colonel Michael “Cgar” Crouse immediately reassigned Stone to a National Guard unit outside Florida. It was a clear cut case of manslaughter but Corey waited 134 days before holding a televised news conference at which she both announced that Stone would not be charged and took time to smear Tipton’s memory and the Black Pistons Motorcycle Club.
Stone and Tipton provably engaged in mutual conduct. Stone suffered a hairline nose fracture. Tipton suffered broken ribs and multiple bruises. Assistant State Attorney Brian Brady characterized the fight as a “coordinated attack on Stone.” According to Brady, the motive for the attack was that the American Outlaws Association wanted to tax the Iron Order and the Iron Order refused to be taxed. The Black Pistons, Brady alleged, were “acting as a fist for the Outlaws.”
Bye Bye Bye
Corey had been State Attorney for Florida’s Fourth Judicial Circuit for eight years. She will leave office next January. She lost the Republican primary Tuesday to a woman named Melissa Nelson. Nelson won earning more than 64 percent of the vote. Corey garnered 26 percent of the vote and a third candidate named Wes White won the remaining votes.
Nelson is a corporate lawyer and a former prosecutor.