Whistleblower In Zimmerman Case Fired

The IT controller told Zimmerman’s defense team that Trayvon Martin’s cell phone contained messages about guns, etc.

An employee of the 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.
He testified before the trial began that Trayvon Martin’s cell phone contained images of Martin blowing smoke, marijuana, and deleted text messages regarding a transaction for a firearm.
He received the termination letter, dated July 11, on Friday, the same day jurors in the Zimmerman trial began deliberating. 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.”
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.

We don’t actually have the rule of law in this country any longer, so this shouldn’t surprise anyone. But it is still sad and a bit frightening.

- Aggie

2 Comments »

  1. Bob's Uncle said,

    July 14, 2013 @ 4:40 am

    Not sure how I got to this blog but curious about its name I went to the “Why..?” The meaning was fair enough but when I got to this part.

    “I marched in formation, stumbling a bit like Gomer Pyle, until September 11, 2001. My first reaction, after sickening shock, was to thank God that my vote for Al Gore had been in vain.”

    Bloodthirsty my rear. Liberal my rear! If you had any clues or nerve whatsoever you’d know that 9/11 would not have happened if Gore were president. I mean are you out of your mind?! Bush PROVOKED, DENIED DEFENSE OF, IGNORED WARNINGS OF, and OUTRIGHT ALLOWED 9/11 to happen. Some say he and his men did it and they have a lot more evidence to back up their claims than anyone has to the contrary. If you had bloodthirstiness in you whatsoever you’d be demanding for a proper impartial investigation into just how much the Bush cabal knew and why they did everything in their power to enable the attacks. You’re nothing but a limp wristed, weak kneed 90s version mainstream faux liberal that drives SUVs and probably opposes Edward Snowden. You haven’t evolved one bit. It’s as if you were completely asleep for the past 13 years. You might as well join the fascist party right now. In other words there is nothing unique or original about you. Why even blog? You just tow the mainstream lie (ne).

  2. Bloodthirsty Liberal said,

    July 14, 2013 @ 7:17 am

    Boy, Aggie, isn’t it spooky how he nails you as nothing but a ” limp wristed, weak kneed 90s version mainstream faux liberal that drives SUVs and probably opposes Edward Snowden”? Except for the limp wrist, weak knees, and the SUV, I mean. (Not sure what your attitude is toward Snowden.)

    To be fair, I suppose I get some of the criticism (if you’re in a sharing mood), given that he means it for the blog as a whole. “Why even blog?” Some days, we don’t know why. But thanks for making today not one of those days.

    By their spelling shall ye know them (and by their leaning too heavily on CAPS LOCK).

    BTL

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