IT Director Who Raised Questions about Zimmerman Case Is Fired

Tom Watkins and Nancy Leung, CNN, July 15, 2013

An employee of the Florida State Attorney’s Office who testified that prosecutors withheld evidence from George Zimmerman’s defense team has been fired.

Ben Kruidbos had been on paid administrative leave since May 28 from his job as director of information technology for the State Attorney’s Office.

A spokeswoman for Fourth Judicial Circuit State Attorney Angela Corey said Kruidbos was no longer an employee of the office.

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Kruidbos testified before Zimmerman’s trial began that Martin’s cell phone contained images of Martin blowing smoke, images of marijuana and deleted text messages regarding a transaction for a firearm and that those images had not been given to Zimmerman’s defense team.

He received the termination letter, dated July 11, on Friday, the same day jurors began deliberating Zimmerman’s case. The letter states: “It has come to our attention that you violated numerous State Attorney’s Office (SAO) policies and procedures and have engaged in deliberate misconduct that is especially egregious in light of your position.”

Read the termination letter

Kruidbos said that, when he printed a 900-page Florida Department of Law Enforcement report from Martin’s cell phone in late 2012 or early 2013, he noticed information was missing.

Concerned that attorneys did not have all the information they needed to prepare the case, he said, he reported his concerns to a State Attorney’s Office investigator and later to prosecutor Bernie de la Rionda.

Kruidbos said he generated a report that was more than three times the size of the one that had been handed over.

For example, Kruidbos said that 2,958 photos were in the report given to the defense but that his report contained 4,275 photos.

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Through his attorney, Wesley White, Kruidbos informed Zimmerman’s defense team that the information existed.

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In court, Kruidbos testified that he was concerned that he could be held liable if all information wasn’t shared. “All the information is important in the process to ensure it’s a fair trial,” he said.

In a six-page dismissal letter, the State Attorney’s Office, Fourth Judicial Circuit, blasted Kruidbos’ assertions and motivations. Managing Director Cheryl R. Peek accused Kruidbos of having erased data from a laptop in violation of the Public Records Law and derided his concern about being held liable as “feigned and spurious” and “nothing more than shameful manipulation in a shallow, but obvious, attempt to cloak yourself in the protection of the whistleblower law.”

She concluded, “Because of your deliberate, willful and unscrupulous actions, you can never again be trusted to step foot in this office. Your have left us with no choice but to terminate your employment.”

But the defense said Kruidbos’ testimony supports its claim that the state violated the rules of discovery.

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The defense said it did not get the complete report until a few days before the trial. O’Mara and co-counsel Don West argued that they needed more time to go through the information found on Martin’s phone and asked for a delay, which was denied.

Judge Debra Nelson said before the trial that the possibility of sanctions–requested by the defense–would be addressed after the verdict.

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  • IstvanIN

    The persecutors and judges should all be disbarred and this man should either get his job back, or a very nice settlement, or both.

    • The__Bobster

      The Sanford sheriff should get his job back, too, with all his back pay.

      • John Smith

        Every penny plus damages.

  • Spartacus

    Anarcho-Tiranny in action…

  • bigone4u

    Honesty about race or racial matters is never rewarded or appreciated because Marxist/fascist totalitarians have staged a soft coup and control government, courts, and academia. An honest government is an oxymoron. Witness Snowden, Assuange, and now Kruidbos. His firing is equivalent to the death penalty, career wise. Will anyone stand up for him or note his firing?

  • sbuffalonative

    Whenever you come across anything that might be considered controversial, make a copy of it. My computer is packed with page downloads and screen shots of information that might disappear at any moment. And I regret some of the ones that got away.

  • The__Bobster

    When liberals do what he did, they’re called courageous whistle blowers and are applauded. Kruidbos, OTOH, is a snitch who must be fired.

  • RHG

    This was never about a “fair trial”, it was about trumping up charges in a kangaroo court to appease race baiters.-, this was a sleazy attempt to “Nifong” George Zimmerman.

  • David Ashton

    Another vitally important article if someone like Tom Wolfe wants to write a book about this scandalous show trial.

    • Tom Wolfe is probably the only one that could write a best seller about it.

  • ncpride

    This level of corruption in the ‘justice’ system should frighten every White American nearly to death. Look at the lengths they’ll go to destroy your life.

    • me

      mcpride–
      Any ‘justice’ is only for non-Whites….time to clean house and throw these anti-Whites out of office!

  • capnmorgan5150

    “Judge Debra Nelson said before the trial that the possibility of sanctions–requested by the defense–would be addressed after the verdict.”

    Yeah, that’s the time to make that decision.

  • dd121

    What happened to our great system of law? It was one of the principal gifts of the American Revolution. Now it’s just another club the left uses to beat our civilization to death. (Sigh)

    • John Smith

      Nicely stated!

  • John Smith

    Can someone explain to me why he can’t win a wrongful termination lawsuit?

    • willbest

      Cause the state is claiming he is the one who originally deleted the files and thus he can’t get whistleblower protection.

      • John Smith

        Ah, political corruption. Just make a false allegation. Gotcha. We’ve been seeing a lot of that lately.

    • He threatened to derail the train wreck?

  • Non Humans

    I find the amount of potentially profitable lawsuits for Z-Man and his lawyers amazing! Not to mention the utter destruction of the careers of the prosecution for withholding the evidence mentioned in the article. That doesn’t even consider the fact that the walrus they put on the stand (Jeanteal) all but blatantly perjured herself.
    .
    Z-Man can and should sue all of the media outlets and race-baiters who fanned the flames of this whole saga, as well as the Florida State Attorney’s Office for harassment and defamation, alongside Kruidbos while he sues for violation of the Whistleblower law.
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    A note on the Florida State Attorney’s Office, Idiots seem to come with high degrees nowadays. The amount of stupidity concentrated in that office rivals what is found in most nonhuman ghettos.

    • This is the 2000s, colleges will graduate anyone.

  • Nathanwartooth

    When my friend got brought up on charges for selling heroin, the prosecutors magically pulled up all of his text messages from the last year.

    It was pretty scary, especially since I was one of the people he was texting with. Thank God I didn’t have anything to do with selling drugs.

    But I just found it funny how the state can magically pull up anyone’s past text messages but Trayvon’s are mysteriously gone from the universe forever.

    *Explaination* Since I know some people will want to know why I’m friends with someone who got wrapped up in selling heroin. What happened was that his scumbag cousin in law got brought up on drunk driving and possession of drugs charges.

    The cops told him that if he could find someone to sell him drugs and wear a wire, they could make a deal.

    So what he did was bug the crap out of my friend repeatedly to help him out because he was dope sick. (The sickness you get from going through withdraw). Since the guy was family, he finally decided to get him some. My friend doesn’t use anymore but he still knows people that do.

    So the guy wore a wire and my friend got him deep crap. It ended up costing him a ton of money.

    He should have never helped him out, obviously. So in conclusion, watch what you text.

  • Anne M.

    I love how Trayvon’s criminal history is irrelevant, but Zimmerman possibly having said something racist is extremely important.

  • LIBERTYSINCURSION

    That’s right, I hear there’s talk on Capital Hill about changing it to, The Diverse States Of America. Because after all our diversity is our greatest stremph! Can’t you tell?