In an exclusive interview with Breitbart News on July 17, Attorney Wesley White confirmed that he intends to file a whistleblower lawsuit within the next 30 days on behalf of his client, Ben Kruidbos. Kruidbos is the former information technology director for the State Attorney’s office who was fired by special prosecutor and Florida State Attorney Angela Corey on Friday.
Kruidbos had testified in the George Zimmerman trial that the prosecution team, which Ms. Corey headed, had withheld vital information from the defense.
Florida Governor Rick Scott had named Ms. Corey the special prosecutor to investigate the death of Trayvon Martin, and it was her decision to bring second degree murder charges against George Zimmerman, who was acquitted on Saturday.
“The reason it’s intent is the more Ms. Corey speaks about my client [over the next 30 days] the more causes of action will accrue.”
White noted that his client has suffered significant economic harm due not only to the manner in which his termination was publicly announced on July 12, but also by the way State Attorney Corey has subsequently repeated those charges. “Clearly the allegations made in the termination give rise to a whole panoply of damages,” he said. “The fact that those allegations were repeated post-termination further compound the nature and amount of damages.”
On July 16, White spoke to the Jacksonville Sun about his client. “He has certainly received a major body blow by the conduct of the State Attorney’s Office. He knows he did the right thing.”
During the trial of Mr. Zimmerman, Mr. Kruidbos testified that he had reviewed the source file contained in Trayvon Martin’s cell phone and obtained several photographs of Mr. Martin that the Florida Department of Law Enforcement had not found. He prepared a report on his discovery, and submitted that information to the prosecution team, which included Ms. Corey and lead courtroom prosecutor Bernie de la Rionda.
When Mr. Kruidbos learned that the prosecution team had not turned over this potentially exculpatory information to the defense team, he secured the assistance of Mr. White, brought the information to the attention of the court, and testified about what he had found during the trial.
Judge Debra Nelson ruled that charges of improper conduct against State Attorney Corey for withholding evidence would not be considered until after the conclusion of the trial. Those charges may still be be under consideration.
In December 2012, Mr. White, who had served as an Assistant State Attorney reporting to Ms. Corey, declined to accept a reappointment to that position and chose instead to establish a private law practice.