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An attorney who knows how to answer questions

April 12, 2012 - Per Peterson
Whatever side you’re on in the Trayvon Martin/George Zimmerman case, you’ve got to be impressed with the news conference prosecutor Angela Corey gave Wednesday. We've all seen plenty of these news conferences, and the person giving it is usually short and terse and doesn’t elaborate much, if it all. Hush, hush and all that. But Corey, along with being polite, cordial, and, I believe, sincere, was anything but short and terse. She was accommodating, patient, composed and even pleasant — tough to pull off with dozens of cameras pointed at you and reporters zinging questions left and right as you’re talking about a controversial subject that has gripped the country with its racial undertones. And that’s a good thing, especially for the media. Reporters threw out some tough questions and given the circumstances, Corey handled them well, as opposed to simply deflecting them with a “no comment,” or “I won’t answer that” without giving reason why. Seldom are the times when those who give news conferences handle them so well. Corey’s disposition has nothing to do with how this case will play out, but form a journalist’s perspective, this was one news conference that was productive and refreshing.


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