Zimmerman Trial: Prosecutor Corey Fires IT Tech Who Disclosed Discovery Misconduct

Ben Kruidos, former IT Director, State Prosecutor's office

Hey folks,

Well, the blood-letting in the State attorney’s office has claimed another victim. On Friday State Attorney Angela Corey fired IT director Ben Kruidos because of his actions in disclosing the State’s misconduct in meeting their mandatory discovery obligations. That misconduct remains the subject of a sanctions hearing overseen by Judge Nelson, which hearing she suspended pending the return of a verdict in the trial.

The termination letter, stating that Kruidos “can never again be trusted to step foot in this office,” was hand-delivered by a State Attorney Investigator to Kruidos’ home early Friday morning, before the workday began.

It seems likely, however, that Kruidos will have legal recourse for this termination.

448.102 Prohibitions [on employer retaliation against employee]

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Andrew F. Branca, Esq. is currently in his third decade of practicing law, and is an internationally-recognized expert on the law of self-defense of the United States. Andrew is a Guest Lecturer at the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s National Academy, a former Guest Instructor at the Sig Sauer Academy, an NRA Life-Benefactor Member, and an NRA Certified Instructor. He also teaches lawyers how to argue self-defense cases as a certified instructor with the Continuing Legal Education (CLE) system in numerous states around the country. Andrew is also a host on the Outdoor Channel’s TV show “The Best Defense” and contributor to the National Review Online. Andrew has been quoted as a SME (subject-matter expert) on use-of-force law by the Wall Street Journal, the Chicago Tribune, the Washington Post, and many other mainstream media, including nationally syndicated broadcast media. Recently, Andrew won the UC Berkeley Law School debate on “Stand-Your-Ground,” and spoke at the NRA Annual Meeting Law Symposium on self-defense law. He is also a founding member of USCCA’s Legal Advisory Board. In addition to being a lawyer, Andrew is also a competitive handgun shooter, an IDPA Charter/Life member (IDPA #13), and a Master-class competitor in multiple IDPA divisions.

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