The office of Florida state attorney Angela Corey e-mailed a weird, unsolicited plea to reporters on Thursday in response to the coverage of the Trayvon Martin shooting case that included the following plea: for the sake of all involved, please allow us to do our jobs within the bounds of Florida law.
The message was dubbed a media update, but it did not include any new information about the case and was instead aimed at explaining why the office would not be commenting on the case or providing any new information, including the confirmation or clarification of information in the near future.
The e-mail seems to be an attempt to stem what has no doubt been a near-ceaseless stream of requests for interviews, information and more that have befallen Corey's office since Feb. 26, when the unarmed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin was shot to death by 28-year-old George Zimmerman on the streets of a Florida gated community.
In the last couple of days, numerous media outlets have reported a variety of information from a variety of sources. Some of that information is protected by Florida's public records laws, sections F.S. 119.071(2)(c)1 and 119.011(3), the e-mail states. At this time we are asserting an active criminal investigation information records exemption for any documents, videos or factual information regarding the case.
The e-mail came on the heels of a surveillance video that emerged Wednesday depicting police officers escorting a handcuffed Zimmerman from their cruiser into a police building shortly after Zimmerman shot Martin.
The state attorney's office may be trying to regain control the flow of information as the video and other new pieces of information, documentation and evidence surface nearly every day as the national media has descended on the small community of Sanford, Florida, in hopes of trying to determine what exactly happened that fated February day.
We appreciate both your interest in the case and the public's desire to know more details, the e-mail says. However, in order to protect the integrity of the case, there will be no further comment at this time. This also includes the confirmation or clarification of information. If anything needs to be disseminated, you will receive an alert via email.
But the media circus is not likely to stop anytime soon, as the Martin case has gripped the nation's attention and started a heated conversation about persistent race issues that have laid dormant in recent years, simmering just below the surface.