Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Zimmerman Trial Leads to Whistleblower Lawsuit

Apparently, we can never have too much commentary about the George Zimmerman trial. Poor me, I've been stuck on the sidelines because I don't practice criminal law, let alone Florida criminal law. But, against all odds, the criminal trial of a neighborhood watchman who killed a teenager has somehow led to . . . employment law!

The information technology director for Florida state attorney Angela Corey announced that he will be filing a whistleblower lawsuit:
Ben Kruidbos, Corey's former director of information technology, 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. "We will be filing a whistleblower action in (Florida's Fourth Judicial District) Circuit Court," said Kruidbos' attorney Wesley White.
I haven't seen the Complaint yet, but would like to follow this case and provide some updates and analysis.

Of course, George Zimmerman was found not guilty. One of his attorneys, Don West, (in?)famously called the prosecution "disgraceful" after the trial.

Image: George Zimmerman's Florida mug shot, public domain.