Bernie de la Rionda

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Bernardo Enrique "Bernie" de la Rionda (born February 9, 1957)[1][2] is an assistant state attorney in the fourth judicial circuit in the State of Florida and was the lead prosecutor in State of Florida vs. George Zimmerman.[3] A graduate of the Florida State University College of Law,[1] de la Rionda has been an assistant state attorney since 1983. In 2010, he was honored with the FBI Director's Community Leadership Award for being an "exceptional prosecutor".[4] Born in Cuba, de la Rionda moved to Miami, Florida in the U.S. to live with relatives at age four and never saw his parents again.[1]

George Zimmerman trial[edit]

De la Rionda was selected by state attorney Angela Corey to serve as the lead prosecutor for the case. Zimmerman was found not guilty after two days of jury deliberations.


  1. ^ a b c "Zimmerman case will test tough-on-crime prosecutor Angela Corey". Orlando Sentinel. April 21, 2012. Retrieved July 11, 2013.  Page 2
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  3. ^ Dool, Richard (23 June 2013). "George Zimmerman trial: Meet the attorneys". Cable News Network, Inc. Retrieved 11 July 2013. 
  4. ^ "2010 Director's Community Leadership Awards". FBI - Jacksonville, FL. U.S. Department of Justice. Retrieved 11 July 2013.