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.

Zimmerman_Ben_ Kruidbos

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.

IT director who raised questions about Zimmerman case fired.

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.



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  • Comments

    7 Responses to “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”

    1. Tamikosmom on July 13th, 2013 11:45 am

      The timing of the Ben Kruidbos dismissal implies that State Attorney Angela Corey was sending a heads up to other Prosecution witness and/or State employees who had may be tempted to expose any concerns over the State’s handling of the TM investigation.

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      State Attorney Angela Corey fires information techonology director who raised concerns in Trayvon Martin case
      July 13, 2013

      Ben Kruidbos, an IT worker from the state attorney’s office, testifies during a hearing in the George Zimmerman case in Sanford on June 6.

      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. ….

      Before Kruidbos’ name surfaced in the Martin trial proceedings, he received a pay raise for “meritorious performance,” according to a document dated May 16 in his personnel file.

      But the dismissal letter written by Peek contends he did his job poorly as information technology director and said he should have asked someone in the office about his concerns regarding the Martin case.

      http://jacksonville.com/news/metro/2013-07-13/story/state-attorney-angela-corey-fires-information-techonology-director-who

    2. Tamikosmom on July 13th, 2013 12:05 pm

      Ben Kruidbos and former Sanford Police Chief Bill Lee are both men of integrity. Doing right is not always easy when there are personal consequences but it is always right.

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      Ex-Sanford police chief: Zimmerman probe ‘taken away from us’
      July 11, 2013

      “I upheld my oath,” Lee said. “I’m happy that at the end of the day I can walk away with my integrity.”

      One of his greatest regrets, he said, is that the Zimmerman investigation ultimately shattered his childhood dream to be police chief of the community where he was raised.

      “It’s a dream of a vision that is going to be unrealized,” he said. “I’m at peace with it on most days. I’m a man of faith. But it stings.

      http://edition.cnn.com/2013/07/10/justice/sanford-bill-lee-exclusive
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      State Attorney Angela Corey fires information techonology director who raised concerns in Trayvon Martin case
      July 13, 201

      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”.

      http://jacksonville.com/news/metro/2013-07-13/story/state-attorney-angela-corey-fires-information-techonology-director-who

    3. A Texas Grandfather on July 13th, 2013 1:53 pm

      This is just more proof that the people of Florida are at risk from a corrupt state criminal justice system.

      It is time to begin a major house cleaning of this organization.

      There should be a special prosecutor appointed to investigate the Federal DOJ’s roll in this case. More evil Errick Holder action.

    4. Tamikosmom on July 13th, 2013 2:51 pm

      If there is an acquitted … it would not be only GZ whose life on the outside would be changed forever. It makes sense that the Defense team and Jurors would be a target of the “crazies” that Defense Attorney Mark O’Mara is referring to.

      Sadly … it is my contention that justice will not prevail for GZ. The scales do not appear to balance. I hope I am wrong.

      Janet

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      Defense Attorney Mark O’Mara Opens Up About Influence of Race & Politics in Zimmerman Case
      Friday, July 12, 2013
      http://legalinsurrection.com/2013/07/defense-attorney-mark-omara-opens-up-about-influence-of-race-politics-in-zimmerman-case/

    5. Tamikosmom on July 13th, 2013 2:57 pm

      Could it be that an inevitable Black backlash if GZ is acquitted … an inevitable Black backlash that could put jurors at risk … will be the motivating factor for jurors to take advantage of the Manslaughter option?

      I am concerned that Black appeasement is going to win at the end of the day … Black appeasement that implies GZ will not be returning to his family.

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      Zimmerman jury allowed to consider manslaughter conviction
      July 11, 2013

      The jury in the George Zimmerman trial was given the option Thursday of convicting the former neighborhood watch captain on the lesser charge of manslaughter in the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.

      Because of the judge’s ruling, the six jurors now have three options when they start deliberations as early as Friday: Guilty of second-degree murder, guilty of manslaughter and not guilty.

      To win a second-degree murder conviction, prosecutors must prove Zimmerman showed ill will, hatred or spite — a burden the defence has argued the state failed to meet. To get a manslaughter conviction, prosecutors must show only that Zimmerman killed without lawful justification.

      http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/story/2013/07/11/zimmerman-trayvon-martin-trial-decision-plans.html

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