George Zimmerman Murder Trial “Race Politics” … State Attorney Angela Corey Fires IT Director Ben Kruidbos Who Raised Concerns in Trayvon Martin Case about Evidence Discovery
Isn’t justice supposed to be separate from politics? How about “race politics”? Not in the George Zimmerman murder trial in the death of Trayvon Martin
State Attorney Angela Corey has fired Ben Kruidbos, the IT director for the State of Florida, who raised concerns in the George Zimmerman murder trial in the death of Trayvon Martin. Last month Ben Kruidbos testified about his concerns that the prosecution did not provide information to the George Zimmerman defense team. Defense attorney Mark O’Mara has commented on numerous occasions and expressed his concern over the actions of the prosecution handing over information in a timely and proper manner. So the obvious question that needs to be asked, why now? What a vengeful and bias effort on the part of Angela Corey. Some one does the right thing and makes mention of possible misconduct by the prosecution and for his efforts, he is fired.
State Attorney Angela Corey fired her office’s information technology director Friday after he testified last month about being concerned prosecutors did not turn over information to George Zimmerman’s defense team in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin.
On the same day attorneys finished their closing arguments in that nationally watched trial, a state attorney investigator went to Ben Kruidbos’ home about 7:30 a.m. to hand-deliver a letter stating Kruidbos “can never again be trusted to step foot in this office.”
The letter contended Kruibos did a poor job overseeing the information technology department, violated public records law for retaining documents, and noted he was questioned in March when the office was trying to determine who had leaked personnel information obtained through a computer breach.
Through his attorney, Wesley White, Kruidbos informed Zimmerman’s defense team that the information existed.
In court, Kruidbos testified he was concerned that he potentially could be held liable if information wasn’t shared. He said, “all the information is important in the process to ensure its a fair trial.”
The defense believes Kruidbos’ testimony is relevant because it supports their claim that the state violated rules of discovery.
Can you say “WHISTLE-BLOWER”? Is Kruidbos being scape-goated by Angela Corey in an attempt to try and dismiss his future words against the State as a possible “whistle-blower”? Kruidbos is being represented by attorney Wesley White, who resigned from the State Attorney’s Office in December and is a critic of Corey.
In an interview Friday, Kruidbos denied the allegations in the letter, which was written by Cheryl Peek, the managing director of the State Attorney’s Office.
He said he had acted in good faith about “genuine concerns.” He said he had been proud to work at the State Attorney’s Office and feared the letter would cripple his chances at finding another job to support his family, including a 4-month-old son.
“I don’t have any regrets,” he said, “but I am terrified about the future and what that will end up being.”
His attorney Wesley White — who resigned from the State Attorney’s Office in December and is a critic of Corey — said the firing was aimed at sending a message to office employees “that if they feel like there is wrongdoing,” they should not disclose it or seek legal guidance from a private attorney.
Ben Kruidbos testified on June 6, 2013 in sanctions hearing during the George Zimmerman murder trial
So why was Ben Kruidbos really fired? He dared say something bad and in good faith about the conduct of the prosecuting attorney in the George Zimmerman case. Kruidbos was concerned about the data and the source file was not matching.
Kruidbos said he became concerned that lead prosecutor Bernie de la Rionda might not have turned over Kruidbos’ report to defense attorneys. Kruidbos asked White in April for legal advice and described some contents of his report such as a photo of an African-American hand holding a gun, a photo of a plant resembling marijuana, and a text message referring to a gun transaction.
White then contacted one of Zimmerman’s attorneys and learned the defense had not received the report generated by Kruidbos. The defense did receive the source file from the cellphone and used its own experts to extract data.
Last month, Zimmerman’s attorneys subpoenaed both White and Kruidbos during a pretrial hearing on their motion seeking sanctions against prosecutors. Circuit Judge Debra Nelson deferred a ruling until after the trial.
Obviously we can see how politics is working in Florida and that all the cards are stacked against George Zimmerman. Anyone who takes emotion out of the equation can see that this is a “self defense” case. That is what the original prosecutor and Chief of police thought. For their efforts, they were both forced out of office. Former Sanford police chief Bill Lee told CNN in an interview that he was fired for not arresting George Zimmerman and political pressure was brought to bear. We can now see that he was telling the truth, because look what just happened to Ben Kruidbos.