OCALA, Fla., September 3, 2013 — The popular right-of-center blog that investigated key stories relating to the Trayvon Martin shooting’s aftermath has not stopped its inquiries, even though George Zimmerman was acquitted.
Yesterday, The Conservative Tree House announced that its recent Freedom of Information Act request is making slow progress.
“[T]here are many aspects of the Zimmerman case -mostly side issues- we are still researching and putting together,” wrote Sundance, TCTH’s leading blogger. “We have roughly 33 questions we are seeking to answer through FOIA submissions both relating to Jacksonville SAO and the prosecution, as well as Miami-Dade.
“Obviously both entities, the 4th District State Attorney’s office and the Miami-Dade School Police Department, have a vested interest in keeping the public blind to their activity in both regards.”
Sundance reports that “Jacksonville has a weird process for Public Records, they actually require ‘deposits’ for public records requests before they will even tell you how much the entire fulfillment costs, let alone gather the information. This appears quite odd, and only the first time we have encountered such a process – We don’t know if this is unique to our submissions, but we have sent our deposit money and await their contact with further information.”
In a recent interview with The Washington Times Communities, Sundance explained about how crucial evidence regarding Martin’s legal troubles vanished before Zimmerman’s trial, only to reappear at a curious moment.
“(T)he ‘9 page’ report sent by [Miami-Dade Schools Police Department Detective] Hadley to Lieutenant Smith at [the Sanford Police Department] was the report for ‘criminal mischief’,” Sundance said, “i.e., the graffiti….However, subsequent to that report, Hadley discovered the ‘found property’ report of the stolen jewelry.
“Now, it gets weird, after Hadley sent the report to Smith, who was compiling the data to assist Detective Serino ― the report mysteriously vanished. Vanished because it was not mentioned in the finished victimology report that Serino completed and attested to.
“However, in May of this year during discovery, the nine-page report showed up in an FDLE document dump to the defense. This was mentioned as just one of the valid reasons for O’Mara and West to file for sanctions against the State for discovery violations.
“Why is this pertinent?
“Because it was only after we published the FOIA outlining Hadley’s sworn affidavit sending it to Smith, and after we posed the question why was it not in the victimology report, that [Zimmerman prosecutor] Bernie De La Rionda began mentioning the Conservative Tree House in court proceedings. The first hearing after we published the deception, de la Rionda mentioned our site three times.
“And, it was only after that hearing that de la Rionda inserted the report in a 150-page document release to the defense. But by that time the defense had picked up on our question about the FOIA discovery. Prior to that, the defense never even knew to inquire, because for all intents and purposes it never existed, because Serino never used it.”
The prosecution team, led by Jacksonville-based State Attorney Angela Corey, is also accused of illegally withholding data stored on Martin’s phone from the Zimmerman lawyers. Ben Kruidbos, the information technology director in Corey’s office, testified about the matter in a pre-trial hearing and was later fired.
He is now suing Corey for wrongful termination.
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