The George Zimmerman case may have been decided, but the ramifications of that decision continue to reverberate. Following the jury’s acquittal of George Zimmerman for second degree murder in the shooting of Travyon Martin, a former employee at the Florida state attorney’s office has indicated that he will be filing a whistleblower suit against George Zimmerman’s prosecutors.
Ben Kruidbos (shown in photo), a former director of information technology at Florida State Attorney Angela Corey’s office, was fired after testifying at a pre-trial hearing on June 6 that the prosecution had failed to provide all evidence extracted from Trayvon Martin’s cellphone to the defense, evidence that included significant items such as images and text messages.
As The New American reported last week, “Included among the photos were pictures of a hand holding a gun and a plant that looked like marijuana. He also recovered deleted text messages that described a transaction for a firearm, where Trayvon Martin appeared to be trying to buy or sell a gun. None of this information had been given to George Zimmerman’s defense team.”
While printing out a 900-page Florida Department of Law Enforcement report from Martin’s cellphone, Kruidbos noticed that a great deal of information was missing. The original report he had generated was three times larger than the size of the one that was handed over to Zimmerman’s attorneys. According to Kruidbos, the report he created contained 4,275 photos, while there were just 2,958 photos in the one provided to the defense team.
When it came to Kruidbos’ attention that all of the extracted information had not been provided, he hired a lawyer to contact Zimmerman’s defense team. Kruidbos also reported his concern to a state attorney’s office investigator and to prosecutor Bernie de le Rionda.
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Photo of Ben Kruidbos: AP Images