Exclusive: Fired employee to file lawsuit against Zimmerman prosecutors
With the ink still drying Mary Kellett’s prosecutor pass, another story of the same type of misconduct has come to light, this time from high-profile case.
According to Ben Kruidbos, former director of information technology for state attorney Angela Corey, prosecutors in the George Zimmerman/Trayvon Martin case concealed exculpatory evidence.
Kruidbos testified at a pre-trial hearing on June 6 that prosecutors violated the Brady rule by withholding embarrassing texts from Martin’s cell phone from Zimmerman’s defense, which requires prosecutors to disclose materially exculpatory evidence in the government’s possession to the defense. Zimmerman’s defense team has called for sanctions against Corey and her prosecution team based that violation.
After his testimony revealed the prosecution’s misconduct, Kruidbos was fired.
Kruidbos has filed a whistleblower action in Florida’s Fourth Judicial District Circuit Court. He is currently represented by attorney Wesley White, also formerly in Corey’s employ. White is quoted as saying the suit will be filed within the next 30 days.
Ian Tuttle of the National Review writes that Angela Corey has a reputation among her peers for retaliation and overcharging.
Corey’s actions involve the the same type of misconduct that led to Mary Kellett’s disciplinary hearing before Supreme Court Justice Ellen Gorman after the state’s Bar found her guilty of 9 counts of prosecutorial misconduct and conduct unbecoming an attorney. As with Kellett, it appears that this isn’t an isolated incident, but is instead representative of her usual methods.
Overcharging, suppressing evidence, retaliation against whistleblowers and critics… is this the new “due process” in America, or is it just the method used by prosecutors against targeted men?