As we discussed on yesterday’s edition of The Teri O’Brien Show, despite the wall to wall coverage of the George Zimmerman trial, one story that has gotten almost no coverage, and is not on the radar screens of the Lo-Fo’s, and that includes 99% of the allegedly “learned” commentators on television, is the outstanding issue of prosecutorial misconduct. We played you the soundbite in which liberal icon, Alan Dershowitz, law professor at Harvard Law School, explained that the Zimmerman case should not have been brought in the first place, but was due to political pressure. That part is obvious. Less obvious, and receiving almost no coverage amidst the endless repetition of narratives about Skittles, iced tea and “children” being gunned down, is the fact that State Attorney Angela Corey is notorious for overcharging, which is what happened in this case. Then there’s the matter of prosecutorial misconduct.
State Attorney Angela Corey fired her office’s information technology director Friday after he testified last month about being concerned prosecutors did not turn over information to George Zimmerman’s defense team in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin.
On the same day attorneys finished their closing arguments in that nationally watched trial, a state attorney investigator went to Ben Kruidbos’ home about 7:30 a.m. to hand-deliver a letter stating Kruidbos “can never again be trusted to step foot in this office.”
The letter contended Kruibos did a poor job overseeing the information technology department, violated public records law for retaining documents, and noted he was questioned in March when the office was trying to determine who had leaked personnel information obtained through a computer breach. …
Kruidbos said he became concerned that lead prosecutor Bernie de la Rionda might not have turned over Kruidbos’ report to defense attorneys. Kruidbos asked White in April for legal advice and described some contents of his report such as a photo of an African-American hand holding a gun, a photo of a plant resembling marijuana and a text message referring to a gun transaction.
White then contacted one of Zimmerman’s attorneys and learned the defense had not received the report generated by Kruidbos. The defense did receive the source file from the cellphone and used its own experts to extract data.
Last month, Zimmerman’s attorneys subpoenaed both White and Kruidbos during a pretrial hearing on their motion seeking sanctions against prosecutors. Circuit Judge Debra Nelson deferred a ruling until after the trial.
Before Kruidbos’ name surfaced in the Martin trial proceedings, he received a pay raise for “meritorious performance,” according to a document dated May 16 in his personnel file.
It has been DISGUSTING to watch gutless politicians, oblivious to the impact on George Zimmerman, a human being, and in complete disregard of the rule of law, bring this pointless and ridiculous case against an innocent man. Now we see that it’s even worse than we thought; that is, that the politically-motivated prosecution may have violated the rules of criminal procedure by hiding exculpatory evidence from the defense. If that happened, not only should Ms. Corey be disciplined. She should, at a minimum, be disbarred, and possibly even be sent to jail.
There’s no excuse for this sort of prosecutorial misconduct. Let’s hope that she doesn’t get away with it.