Acceptance of responsibility
A Florida prosecutors decision not to call for a grand jury in the controversial slaying of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin was never an indication whether George Zimmerman would be charged. Instead, prosecutor Angela Coreys action showed she – and she alone – was responsible.
Now that Corey has filed the charges, it is clear she reasonably believes Zimmerman committed a crime when he shot and killed Martin.
Grand juries rarely act against the will of a prosecutor. A New York judge famously said a good prosecutor could persuade a grand jury to indict a ham sandwich, a cynical but largely truthful accusation.
Grand juries can serve real purposes. Prosecutors can subpoena witnesses and require them to testify. A grand jury can also serve as a test if a case seems weak. More often, though, in states such as Florida and Indiana where calling grand juries is usually an option but not required, the grand juries give prosecutors political protection. The prosecutor didnt file charges, the grand jury did.
Floridas Corey accepted the responsibility herself.