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Angela Corey Fired Whistleblower — For ‘Leaking’

From the Florida Times-Union:

State Attorney Angela Corey fires information technology director who raised concerns in Trayvon Martin case

By David Bauerlein | July 13, 2013

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.”

So much for the protection of whistleblowers. Even when a man’s life is as stake. At the very least, Mr. Kruidbos would seem to be more of a hero than Edward Snowden.

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…

And never mind that Angela Corey and her prosecutor team seem to have ‘leaked’ everything they could to put George Zimmerman in a bad light.

In an interview Friday, Kruidbos denied the allegations in the letter, which was written by Cheryl Peek, the managing director of the State Attorney’s Office.

He said he had acted in good faith about “genuine concerns.” He said he had been proud to work at the State Attorney’s Office and feared the letter would cripple his chances at finding another job to support his family, including a 4-month-old son…

His attorney Wesley White — who resigned from the State Attorney’s Office in December and is a critic of Corey — said the firing was aimed at sending a message to office employees “that if they feel like there is wrongdoing,” they should not disclose it or seek legal guidance from a private attorney…

Kruidbos, 42, had been on paid administrative leave since May 28 from his $80,892 job.

In January, he used computer software technology to extract photographs and text messages from the source file in Martin’s cellphone. Kruidbos was able to recover more information than the Florida Department of Law Enforcement obtained previously…

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

Which is a violation of law. The defense is supposed to be given all of the evidence that the prosecutors have.

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.

But the dismissal letter written by Peek contends he did his job poorly as information technology director and said he should have asked someone in the office about his concerns regarding the Martin case.

“Your egregious lack of regard for the sensitive nature of the information handled by this office is completely abhorrent,” Peek wrote. “You have proven to be completely untrustworthy. Because of your deliberate, wilful [sic] and unscrupulous actions, you can never again be trusted to step foot in this office.” …

Kruidbos said … he asked White for legal advice because he was concerned he could face “legal exposure” if the cellphone report wasn’t turned over to the defense before the trial started.

He said he did not feel comfortable posing that question to anyone within the office because the State Attorney’s Office had just conducted an in-house probe of whether someone was leaking personnel information…

White said he and Kruidbos are reviewing their legal options in response to the dismissal.

Let’s hope he sues Ms. Corey and the State of Florida for millions of dollars in damages.

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, July 15th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

6 Responses to “Angela Corey Fired Whistleblower — For ‘Leaking’”

  1. Astravogel says:

    If Ms Corey had been running the Titanic,
    it would have sunk at the pier from leaks.

  2. Liberals Demise says:

    Ms. Cory did you a favor. She and her minions there are on the hook. Dangling like Maggie’s
    drawers flapping in the wind. Don’t worry pal, you’ll take better care of your family without
    the dregs who once employed you.

  3. Petronius says:

    Special Prosecutor Angela Corey = appointed by Republican Gov. Rick Scott

    Judge Debra Nelson = appointed by Republican Gov. Jeb Bush

    Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald = appointed by Republican Pres. George W. Bush

    Beginning to see any pattern here? No? Then let’s move on, shall we?

    Sec’y of State Colon [sic] Powell = appointed by Republican Pres. George W. Bush

    Justice David Souter = appointed by Republican Pres. G.H.W. Bush

    Justice John Paul Stevens = appointed by Republican Pres. Gerald Ford

    Chief Justice John Roberts = appointed by Republican Pres. George W. Bush

    Are we there yet? Getting warm?

    No wonder Sam Francis called Republicans “the Stupid Party.”

    • Noyzmakr says:

      I think I read somewhere that Victoria Nuland first came to Washington as an advisor to Dick Cheney.

      Let’s also remember that when Bush 43 took office, as an olive branch to show how bi-partisan he would be, he retained several hundred of Cinton’s appointees in many departments throughout government. Many of the IRS and State Dept. employees that are involved in the lastest scandals are just a few examples. He also let Kennedy write “No cchild left behind”.

      I saw an ABC News interview on YouTube with GWB 43 and Laura in Africa. In a ten minute interview, Johnathon Karl spent 6 minutes asking Bush about Lil’ Hussein. George didn’t bat an eye. It was pathetic.

    • Petronius says:

      Basically correct, Noyzmakr.

      There was, as you mention, Victoria Nuland, a Clinton Department of State plant and hold-over into the Bush administration. Also Norman Mineta, another Clinton hold-over who was Sec’y of Transportation on 9-11. And the Democrat IRS commissioner Steven Miller, who oppressed and harassed Tea Party groups and Jewish and Christian organizations. There were countless others as well, including Valerie Plame Wilson at CIA.

      However, my comment was limited to the judiciary and legal side of government. I only included Sec’y of State Colon [sic] Powell on my short list because of his involvement in the Varerie Plame affair, and, in particular, in the judicial lynching of Scooter Libby by special counsel Patrick Fitzgerald.

      Colon [sic] Powell is one of those people who makes it extremely difficult for me to keep my temper in check.

      Let me make this clear: We don’t need lessons in racism from anti-Semites. Colon Powell is a disgrace. He is a disgrace to the black race, the mulatto race, the human race, the Republican Party, and the United States.

      He is the same small-minded man who ruined lives, who allowed an innocent man, Scooter Libby, to go to prison knowing that his own chief of staff Richard Armitage was responsible for the leak. All done in a mean and petty act of spite against Dick Cheney––because Cheney had dared to voice different political views, and Scooter Libby was Cheney’s friend and chief of staff. Pay-back. Again and again Powell has acted and spoken purely out of feelings of racial revenge and anti-white and anti-Semite racist hate.

      His fondest hope–and that of others like him–is to destroy Western Christian Civilization. That is why he worships his new messiah Nerobama.

      Thus to Powell and others like him conservatives are never people who act out of sound principles, convictions, a sense of justice, and their firm attachment to reality. Rather, to Powell and others like him, logic is a racist tool that racist white people use to confuse and oppress others.

      That Republicans appoint people like Powell, et al. to high office is mind-boggling. That Bush declined to pardon Scooter Libby was a travesty of justice.

      The Republican motto: We punish our friends and reward our enemies.

  4. GetBackJack says:

    Petronius, you’ve illumined a Great Truth. We do not have a two party system. What we have is the Party of Power and it fields two Divisions (identical to the NFL) to distract and engage us while the Party of Power rolls along in its courses.

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