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Zimmerman special prosecutor now under state investigation

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Controversial special prosecutor Angela Corey, who charged George Zimmerman with second degree murder in the death of Trayvon Martin, is under state investigation for firing a whistleblower in that case.

Corey, appointed by Florida Gov. Rick Scott to investigate the death of Martin, fired Ben Kruidbos, the State Attorney’s information technology director, after he revealed that prosecutors had not turned over exculpatory evidence to Zimmerman’s defense team.

According to the Florida Times-Union, Kruidbos received a letter from the Florida Commission on Ethics last week saying the investigation was occurring.

“Mr. Kruidbos was the victim of retaliatory action by the SAO … when he was terminated from employment,” his attorney, Wesley White, claimed in a formal complaint with the Florida Human Relations Commission.

On the same day attorneys finished their closing arguments in the trial, a state attorney investigator hand-delivered a letter to Kruidbos’ home about 7:30 a.m. stating Kruidbos “can never again be trusted to step foot in this office,” the Times-Union reported.

The letter said because Kruidbos is not a lawyer, he didn’t have the right to question the ethics and professionalism of the attorneys prosecuting the case.

An action that is consistent with Corey’s reputation for personal vendettas, as documented by Ian Tuttle, an editorial intern for National Review Online. In an article titled “Angela Corey’s Checkered Past,” he details what Corey’s peers describe as a “modus operandi” of retaliation and overcharging.

And a history of vigorously attacking any and all who criticize her.

Case in point, according to Tuttle, when Corey came under fire from Harvard Law School professor Alan Dershowitz in her handling of the Zimmerman case, she called the dean’s office demanding that Dershowitz be fired, threatening to sue Harvard, to try to get him disbarred, and to sue him for slander and libel.

Dershowitz accused Corey of a “grave ethical violation” for filing an affidavit with the court that had omitted exculpatory evidence of Zimmerman’s injuries, saying her conduct was “not only immoral, but stupid.”

Kruidbos is suing Corey for roughly $5 million on the basis of wrongful termination.

Tom Tillison

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