Pam Bondi got political ally Angela Corey on George Zimmerman case

Corey was the chairwoman for Bondi's 2010 attorney general campaign. Bondi is also an ally of Benjamin Crump's. Photo: Associated Press

FLORIDA, July 14, 2013 — Since an all-female six-member jury in the central Florida port city of Sanford acquitted neighborhood watch captain George Zimmerman of wrongdoing in the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin on Saturday evening, attention has turned to prosecutor Angela Corey.

Her seemingly extra-legal tactics in the case have generated a groundswell of public attention. On Friday, she fired one of her office’s employees, Ben Kruidbos, after he testified in court about materials not being given to George Zimmerman’s defense team. 

According to right-of-center pundit Judson Phillips, Kruidbos “recovered images from Trayvon Martin’s cell phone. These images were in addition to other information that the Florida Department of Law Enforcement had recovered. Ben Kruidbos sought the advice of an attorney after he became concerned that prosecutor Bernie de la Rionda had not turned those images over to the defense, and he was concerned he might have legal liability for that.

“That attorney turned the images over to the defense. On June 6, Kruidbos testified at a hearing where defense lawyers sought sanctions against Corey and her office for refusing to turn over exculpatory materials. The judge has not yet ruled on that motion.”

Many have pointed fingers at Florida Governor Rick Scott for appointing Corey to the Zimmerman case as a special prosecutor. However, it should be noted that he acted on the advice of state Attorney General Pam Bondi.

Bondi has much to explain insofar as not only Corey, but Trayvon Martin family lawyer Benjamin Crump are concerned.

“How could Sybrina Fulton be approved for a crime victims relief fund (March 29th) prior to anyone identifying whether a crime was committed?” asked Sundance, a blogger at The Conservative Treehouse, a widely-read right-of-center website which has covered the Martin shooting’s aftermath detailedly. “George Zimmerman was not arrested until April 11th.

“The answer is simply political influence via Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi.

“Bondi has been a key part of the scheme to enrich her race-motivated friends, Benjamin Crump and Daryl Parks – Trayvon family attorneys, from the beginning.

“Pam Bondi has a long-standing personal and professional relationship with Benjamin Crump from her prior work in the Martin Lee Anderson wrongful death case.

“Bondi was State prosecutor and Crump was the Anderson family attorney who sued the State and County governments for $7.4 million on behalf of his client, Mrs. Anderson (Martin’s mother).

“It was Pam Bondi, who in March of 2012 used her position as AG to convince Governor Rick Scott to appoint her friend, and Attorney General 2010 campaign chair, Angela Corey, to prosecute George Zimmerman.

“The goal was appeasement of the institutional race-baiting class of Seminole County NAACP board member, and Trayvon family attorney Natalie Jackson, along with her friends Benjamin Crump and Daryl Parks who were chasing the financial rewards for Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin, TrayParents™.

During the coming weeks and months, it does appear likely that Pam Bondi will have much to explain about her relationship with Corey. 

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Joseph Cotto

Joseph F. Cotto is a social journalist by trade and student of history by lifestyle choice. He hails from central Florida, writing about political, economic, and social issues of the day. In the past, he was a contributor to Blogcritics Magazine, among other publications. He is currently at work on a book about American society.

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