whistleblower in Zimmerman trial fired today
Ben Kruidbos, the information technology director in Prosecuting Attorney Corey’s office, had testified in a pre-trial hearing about a report he had created regarding text messages and images retrieved from Martin’s cellphone. Defense lawyers never received the report from the prosecution, as is required by law.
A hand-delivered letter informing him of his dismissal indicated that he “can never again be trusted to step foot in this office,” and cited a variety of reasons for his firing, unrelated to the trial.
Corey’s conduct had been questioned from the start, when she made the dramatic announcement that her office would be charging Zimmerman with murder. The affidavit that she filed with the court had omitted exculpatory evidence of Zimmerman’s injuries, prompting Harvard Law School professor Alan Dershowitz to accuse her of a “grave ethical violation,” adding that her conduct was “not only immoral, but stupid.”