From Wolfinger to Corey

This is work in progress(which means I will be adding and changing this blog or any other blog I do which states “work in progress” as time goes on) to place the events leading up to and surrounding the changeover from prosecutor Norm Wolfinger to Angela Corey. I do want to add this comment though. I think Norm Wolfinger and former Police Chief Bill Lee are cowards for running out on this case and clamming up. If they were in fact doing their jobs appropriately they should not have caved into political pressure and the people deserve answers to their actions. Governor Scott and General Attorney Bondi should have also stood behind Wolfinger and Lee but they chose instead to give in, they are cowards as well.

What happened from March 20th to March 22nd to compel Wolfinger to write Scott asking to be removed from the case? Why was no real reason given for his removal?

Why are there conflicting reports on who contacted the FDLE to get involved?

March 7
http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/03/08/us-crime-florida-neighborhoodwatch-idUSBRE82709M20120308

March 8
Kevin Cunningham petitions Florida Attorney General at Change.org
500,000 Signatures reached by March 20, 2012

First post;
• No News
For some reason the mainstream media is not reporting this story. Shameful, call them, email them, don’t let this go!
More at reuters.com
Posted By Kevin Cunningham Petition Organizer
March 08, 2012
http://www.change.org/petitions/prosecute-the-killer-of-our-son-17-year-old-trayvon-martin

Cunningham, a red-head who describes himself as the “super Irish” son of activist parents, said he learned about the Martin case when he read a story posted on a listserv for Men of Howard, an informal, secretive fraternity that he joined while attending the historically black Howard University as a law student.

http://usnews.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/03/29/10907662-how-one-man-helped-spark-online-protest-in-trayvon-martin-case?lite

March 13
Florida NAACP President Adora Obi Nweze writes the DOJ/CRS
http://action.naacp.org/page/-/FSC%20NAACP%20Holder%20031312.pdf
http://www.flanaacp.org/about/leadership/leadership.htm
http://www.wftv.com/news/news/local/sanford-police-hand-over-teens-shooting-death-case/nLRYM/

State Attorney Norm Wolfinger receives investigation case package and makes statement
http://www.sa18.state.fl.us/press/id/312

March 15

Page 67 of the 284pdf states that Wolfinger requested assistance from FDLE.

The computer systems at the Seminole County and Brevard County State Attorney’s Offices, where Norm Wolfinger is lead prosecutor, were shut down on Thursday morning due to the overwhelming amount of emails by angry people demanding justice for Martin.

Officials said more than 100,000 emails put too much pressure on the server.
http://www.wftv.com/news/news/local/state-attorneys-offices-overwhelmed-emails-demandi/nLTdJ/

March 16
U.S. Representative for Florida’s 3rd congressional district Corrine Brown writes the DOJ
http://corrinebrown.house.gov/images/Letter%20to%20Holder%20re%20Trayvon%20Martin%20with%20attachments.pdf
http://www.tampabay.com/blogs/the-buzz-florida-politics/content/trayvon-martin-shooting-stirs-reaction-congress-demands-federal-investigation

WFTV exclusively reports interaction between Wolfinger and FDLE

“At this time, I do not know exactly where the facts will lead, or what further investigative measures will be needed. But I do feel it would be appropriate to ask for the assistance of an FDLE investigator to collaborate with my office.”

The FDLE e-mailed WFTV saying, “We are awaiting direction from State Attorney Wolfinger. Our role is to assist him. FDLE will be meeting with his office.”
http://www.wftv.com/news/news/family-slain-teen-hold-press-conference/nLTxw/

March 19
Governor Rick Scott writes a Memo to FDLE Commissioner Gerald Bailey
http://miamiherald.typepad.com/files/memo-to-commissioner-bailey-re-trayvon-martin-1.pdf
http://www.tampabay.com/blogs/the-buzz-florida-politics/content/gov-scott-asks-fdle-join-investigation-trayvon-martins-death

March 20
Statement from State Attorney Norm Wolfinger:

I share in the desire of the family and the community to accurately collect and evaluate all the facts surrounding the tragic death of Trayvon Martin. That is why I directed the expeditious review of the investigation which was delivered by the Sanford Police Department one week ago today; areas for further investigation have been identified; and, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement has agreed to assist and has been working hard with my office since Friday March 16th. I will also be utilizing the investigative resources of the Seminole County Grand Jury which will be called to session on Tuesday, April 10, 2012.
http://articles.orlandosentinel.com/2012-03-20/news/os-trayvon-martin-_1_statement-investigation-law-enforcement

Rep. Corrine Brown, D-Florida, Sanford Mayor Jeff Triplett and Sanford City Manager Norton Bonaparte met Tuesday with Justice Department officials: Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division Thomas E. Perez and Deputy Assistant Attorney General Roy L. Austin Jr.

“The gentlemen we spoke with — they said they will not only look at what we’ve done, but they will also … I think his exact comment was there will be no stone that won’t be overturned,” Triplett said.

The governor met Tuesday in Tallahassee with criminal defense lawyers and protesters who said his office should be more involved and form a task force on racial profiling.

But Scott said any such task force shouldn’t be formed until after a formal investigation. “There should not be racial profiling anywhere,” he told the group.

Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi said she was “devastated and deeply troubled” over the killing. “When someone loses his life at the hands of another, there cannot be any questions surrounding the circumstances of the death,” she said in a statement.

She said she had spoken with FDLE Commissioner Gerald M. Bailey, “and I know that a complete and thorough review of the facts will be conducted.”

She added that while it is up to the Seminole County State Attorney’s Office to decide whether to file charges, “I will remain vigilant in ensuring that questions are answered.”

http://www.cnn.com/2012/03/20/justice/florida-teen-shooting

http://articles.cnn.com/2012-03-20/justice/justice_florida-teen-shooting_1_martin-family-cell-phone-benjamin-crump/2?_s=PM:JUSTICE

March 21
Police Chief Bill Lee released answers to what he says are frequently asked questions about the February 26 fatal shooting. In a letter on the city’s website, City Manager Norton N. Bonaparte Jr. presents the answers from Police Chief Bill Lee.
http://news.blogs.cnn.com/2012/03/21/sanford-florida-police-answer-questions-about-teens-shooting-death/
http://sanfordfl.gov/investigation/trayvon_martin.html
http://www.sanfordfl.gov/investigation/docs/Zimmerman_Martin_shooting.pdf

The NAACP held a gathering in a Sanford church with Sanford Mayor Jeff Triplett
http://www.nbcmiami.com/news/local/George-Zimmerman-Was-Not-Arrested-For-Shooting-Trayvon-Martin-Because-His-Self-Defense-Claim-Was-Backed-by-Evidence-Testimony-Chief-Says-143712316.html

Commission voted 3-2 night against Chief Bill Lee Jr.
http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-501363_162-57402076/after-teen-slaying-city-panel-slams-police-chief/

Mark McCarty makes motion voted 3-2 “no confidence”
http://articles.orlandosentinel.com/2012-03-21/news/os-trayvon-martin-sanford-commission-20120321_1_chief-bill-lee-patty-mahany-commissioners-randy-jones
http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-504083_162-57402342-504083/no-confidence-vote-for-police-chief-after-handling-of-trayvon-martin-shooting/
http://www.sanfordfl.gov/frames/district_1_frames.html

Mayor Jeff Triplett “no confidence”
Mark McCarty “no confidence”
Velma Williams “no confidence”

Randy Jones “confidence”
Patty Mahany “confidence”

Pam Bondi does what she can; “Hey Sybrina, Tracy, are you there? Hi. I am so very, very, sorry. As attorney general, I have absolutely no legal authority to take the case, and I looked, I tried.”


http://www.bet.com/video/newsbriefs/betnewsspecial/shoot-first-trayvon-martin-tragedy.html

March 22
Norman R. Wolfinger writes a Letter to Governor Rick Scott asking to be removed from the case
http://www.sa18.state.fl.us/press/id/314
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/03/22/trayvon-martin-state-attorney_n_1374206.html

Lee temporarily removes himself as chief
http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-504083_162-57402714-504083/sanford-fla-police-chief-bill-lee-steps-down-temporarily-amid-trayvon-martin-controversy/

Angela Corey Assigned
“Of the twenty State Attorney’s in Florida the Governor picked her Thursday night.”
http://www.fox30jax.com/content/topstories/story/State-Attorney-Angela-Corey-probes-Trayvon-Martin/R9MugP0LfkSJkdgM0TlDLw.cspx

Governor Rick Scott and Attorney General Pam Bondi worked together to appoint Angela B. Corey
http://myfloridalegal.com/__852562220065EE67.nsf/0/3FF1F801C4D80C49852579C9007FAD30?Open&Highlight=0,trayvon,martin

March 26
Angela Corey prays with the Martin family
@23:00
“…After meeting with Trayvon’s parents that first Monday night after we got appointed in this case…the first thing we did was pray with them…” Ugh, did you extend that same courtesy to the Zimmerman family?

Norton Bonaparte announces Capt. Darren Scott as acting police chief
http://mysanfordherald.com/view/full_story/18007033/article-City-manager-announces-Capt–Darren-Scott-as-acting-police-chief?

April 2
State Attorney Norm Wolfinger issues statement
I am outraged by the outright lies contained in the letter by Benjamin Crump to Deputy Assistant Attorney General Roy Austin dated April 2, 2012. I encourage the Justice Department to investigate and document that no such meeting or communication occurred. I have been encouraging those spreading the irresponsible rhetoric to stop and allow State Attorney Angela Corey to complete her work. Another falsehood distributed to the media does nothing to forward that process.
http://www.sa18.state.fl.us/press/id/315

Letter from Crump to Austin
http://media.cmgdigital.com/shared/news/documents/2012/04/02/Martin_Trayvon-_Ltr_to_Roy_Austin_USDOJ.pdf

April 20
State Attorney Norman R. Wolfinger Announces He Will Not Seek Re-election
http://www.sa18.state.fl.us/press/id/318

Elected Officials – Seminole County
http://www.sites.croomsaoit.org/sasa/distribution-list.pdf

April 23
Bill Lee resigns
http://mysanfordherald.com/view/full_story/18330140/article-HERALD-EXCLUSIVE-Sources-say-Chief-Bill-Lee-Jr–will-permanently-step-down-this-afternoon-?

In a 3-2 vote city commissioners did not approve the resignation
http://mysanfordherald.com/view/full_story/18332902/article-City-commissioners-do-not-accept-Chief-Lee-s-resignation–Lee-will-stay-until-further-investigation-is-complete?

Mayor Jeff Triplett “did not approve”
Randy Jones “did not approve”
Patty Mahany “did not approve”

Mark McCarty “approve”
Velma Williams “approve”

April 26
City Manager Norton Bonaparte put pressure last week on Lee to quit
http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2012/04/26/11416576-sanford-city-manager-admits-pushing-police-chief-to-quit-over-trayvon-martin-case?lite

May 1
Norton Bonaparte assigns new new interim police Chief Richard Myers
http://mysanfordherald.com/view/full_story/18419444/article-City-selects-new-interim-police-chief?

June 21
Norton Bonaparte removes Chief Lee
http://mysanfordherald.com/view/full_story/19061973/article-City-manager-permanently-removes-Chief-Lee?

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