Well, Florida’s State Attorney for the 4th Judicial District has just shown where she falls on the idea of seeking justice instead of winning at all costs, and it is not on the side of justice.
Her office just fired Ben Kruidbos, their IT director, for testifying in the George Zimmerman case. It seems that a check of Trayvon Martin’s cell phone had potentially exculpatory evidence that is required to be turned over to defense counsel. “[T]he suppression by the prosecution of evidence favorable to an accused upon request violates due process where the evidence is material either to guilt or to punishment, irrespective of the good faith or bad faith of the prosecution.” Brady v. Maryland, 373 U.S. 83, 87, 83 S. Ct. 1194, 1196-97, 10 L. Ed. 2d 215 (1963); see also Johnson v. State, 921 So. 2d 490, 507 (Fla. 2005).
Well, it seems that Angela Corey‘s office did not turn over all of this potentially exculpatory evidence to Zimmerman’s attorneys. A hearing was held on the matter, seeking sanctions against the prosecution for the Brady violation. Had Kruidbos not come forward, no one would have known that the prosecutor had withheld potentially exculpatory from the defense. The video is below.
The idea of prosecutorial misconduct in this case is not limited to the defense attorneys and conservatives, but includes noted academics and liberals, among others.
- Jonathan Turley, “Corey’s decision to terminate the man who disclosed the withholding of evidence before a ruling on the alleged violences is highly questionable and speaks more to the anger of being called to account for sitting on such evidence.”
- Alan Dershowitz, “That a prosecutor would hide behind the claim that she did not have an obligation to tell the whole truth until after the judge ruled on probable cause displays a kind of gamesmanship in which prosecutors should not engage.” Note that Corey was enraged by Dershowitz’s criticism and called the Harvard Law School, threatening to sue Harvard and have Dershowitz disbarred.
- Ken White (Popehat), “[Corey's] letter betrays anger management issues, entitlement problems, a weak grasp of pertinent First Amendment law governing statements of opinion, and a rather frightening attitude from a government official with such power.”
- Sandy D’Alemberte, “I cannot imagine a worse choice for a prosecutor to serve in the Sanford case. There is nothing in Angela Corey’s background that suits her for this task, and she cannot command the respect of people who care about justice.”
- State Attorney Angela Corey fires information techonology director who raised concerns in Trayvon Martin case (jacksonville.com)
- Angela Corey Fires Ben Kruidbos – The “Whistleblower” in The Trayvon Phone Data Cover-up in The Zimmerman Case (We also Outline The Cover-up) (theconservativetreehouse.com)
- Ben Kruidbos who testified Zimmerman case fired from Florida State Attorney Office (fireandreamitchell.com)
- State Attorney Employee Fired After Raising Questions About Whether Prosecutors Withheld Evidence From Zimmerman Defense (theblaze.com)
- State attorney employee fired in Zimmerman case (bostonherald.com)