Angela Corey to be sued by whistleblower she fired

The controversial, and allegedly criminal, prosecutor behind the George Zimmerman trial is apparently going to court. Photo: Associated Press

FLORIDA, July 17, 2013 — Jacksonville-area Florida State Attorney Angela Corey, the leading figure behind the failed and seemingly criminal prosecution of George Zimmerman, is being sued.

The plaintiff is Ben Kruidbos, the former information technology director in Corey’s office. Reuters reports that he “was fired after testifying at a pre-trial hearing on June 6 that prosecutors failed to turn over potentially embarrassing evidence extracted from Martin’s cell phone to the defense, as required by evidence-sharing laws.

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“We will be filing a whistleblower action in (Florida’s Fourth Judicial District) Circuit Court,” said Kruidbos’ attorney Wesley White, himself a former prosecutor who was hired by Corey but resigned in December because he disagreed with her prosecutorial priorities. He said the suit will be filed within the next 30 days.

“Corey and lead prosecutor Bernie de la Rionda declined to comment. A spokeswoman for Corey referred Reuters to Kruidbos’ termination letter, previously made public, in which Corey’s office accused him of hacking confidential information from state computers.”

“Hacking? He was doing his job,” declares Bryan Preston of Pajamas Media.

“Corey fired him….and withheld the evidence he had “hacked” from the defense. That’s conspiratorial and criminal behavior. According to Alan Dershowitz, she also filed a false affidavit with the court to get second degree murder charges against George Zimmeman.

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“Angela Corey is the second coming of Mike Nifong. Nifong launched an insane politically and racially-motivated persecution of innocent young men in the Duke lacrosse case. He ended up getting himself disgraced and disbarred. Hopefully Corey ends up with a similar fate.”

Kruidbos’s termination letter was written by Cheryl Peek. As The Conservative Tree House, a popular right-of-center blog, notes, Peek “was forced out of the State’s Attorneys office 20 years ago for her role in corruption tactics similar to what has been seen in the Zimmerman Trial.  In 1990 She engaged in ”profiling”, illegal state manipulation, of a Grand Jury Pool”. 

A few days ago, Kruidbos’s lawyer Wesley White, a former prosecutor under Corey who resigned in December, wrote a charged letter to her. This came after Corey referred to the exonerated Zimmerman as a murderer.

“You and Mr. de la Rionda have violated your oaths of office and denigrated the very Constitution you swore to uphold and defend. You have assailed and undermined both the right to trial by jury and the finality and dignity associated with a jury verdict,” he said. 

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“For you to label George Zimmerman, an acquitted defendant, as a “murderer” at this juncture is reprehensible and irresponsible, can only breed contempt for our system of justice and the rule of law, and may very well lead to civil unrest. For Mr. de la Rionda, to suggest that exercising one’s 5th Amendment privilege lacks courage (by not testifying as a defendant in a criminal trial) belittles and demeans a sacred constitutional right.

“It is time for you both to step down before you further embarass the Bar and the people of the 4th Circuit, and before you are removed from office.”

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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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