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George Zimmerman Trial Whistleblower Ben Kruidbos Fired For Linking Trayvon Martin To Drugs, Guns

George Zimmerman Trial Whistleblower Ben Kruidbos Fired For Linking Trayvon Martin To Drugs, Guns

A George Zimmerman trial whistleblower named Ben Kruidbos was fired for providing the defense with more information about Trayvon Martin’s cell phone records. This information was never allowed to be included in the George Zimmerman trial and linked Trayvon Martin to marijuana and gun transactions.

As previously reported by The Inquisitr, the George Zimmerman verdict of guilty or not guilty is expected any day now.

While the world waits on the decision of the George Zimmerman jury, in regards to how the trial came to be we’re finding out more about what happened behind the curtain. Ben Kruidbos was the IT director at the State Attorney’s Office (SAO). Florida State Attorney Angela Corey fired Kruidbos because he allegedly violated public records laws. The letter Kruidbos received at his home read:

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

Ben Kruidbos, for his part, is claiming to be a George Zimmerman trial whistleblower. When Kruidbos printed out the State prosecutor’s report that was supposed to be given to Zimmerman’s defense team, he noticed the report was one-third the size it should have been and was missing thousands of photos. He reported his concerns to a SAO investigator and prosecutor Bernie de la Rionda.

Trayvon Martin, Drugs, Marijuana, And Guns?

Ben Kruidbos also used software to extract deleted photographs and text messages from Trayvon Martin’s cellphone, recovering more information than the Florida Department of Law Enforcement obtained previously. Kruidbos claims Trayvon Martin’s cell phone contained images of Trayvon blowing smoke and marijuana. One of the deleted text messages allegedly involved a transaction for a firearm, where Trayvon Martin supposedly was trying to buy or sell a gun. None of this information had been given to George Zimmerman’s defense team and the trial date was looming large.

When nothing happened, Kruidbos hired a lawyer to contact the Zimmerman defense team because he felt “[a]ll the information is important in the process to ensure it’s a fair trial.” Defense lawyer Mark O’Mara said it took months to get information out of the SAO:

“The only way that we really found out about it … and the only way that we really found out about the intensity of the failure to give us information was when a person from their own office, a whistle-blower, came forward and said, ‘I gave them that information in the middle to end of January’ and we didn’t get it until June 4th. It could have derailed the trial.”

O’Mara even had to file a motion and get a hearing just to get color copies of some photos instead of “pastel-colored copies.” A request to delay the George Zimmerman trial so they could go through the records pertaining to Trayvon Martin’s cell phone was denied.

What do you think about the George Zimmerman trial whistleblower Ben Kruidbos leaking Trayvon Martin’s cell phone records to the defense team?

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44 Responses to “George Zimmerman Trial Whistleblower Ben Kruidbos Fired For Linking Trayvon Martin To Drugs, Guns”

  1. Tooxforu Xtremex

    Where are the liberals screaming about prosecutors hiding evidence? oh THEY are the ones hiding this evidence.

  2. Anonymous

    Zimmerman did the country a favor. And I hope the whistler sues for the coverup by the state and prosecutors.

  3. Tracy MacAuley

    This has NOTHING to do with liberals vs. conservatives. A man gunned down a kid. Just because that kid was black does not mean his life is worth any less. Zimmerman followed Trayvon, now Trayvon is dead. Simple as that.

  4. Stephanie D. Simmons

    Racist jackass! You render your argument invalid with your racist statements. Whatever Travon Martin did up to the time he was killed, does NOT matter. He wasnt doing ANYTHING but minding his business the night he was murdered!

  5. Donna Price

    Some people are so quick to find dirt about trayvon but that night zimmerman assumed and killed him for doing and going where he belong.All these findings have nothing to do with the fact he screwed up and killed someone and if he get away it opens the season to kill at will.we will back you but whats in zimmermans closet???

  6. Wink Windsor

    It is not that simple. You are ignoring the fact there was a fight between these two. That is why there is a trial.

  7. Michael Goldman

    Anastasia Hilton you're kidding, right? the state deliberately tried to withhold evidence from the defense…the texts, original undoctored photos, etc were purposely deleted from the report they handed the defense team which I should remind you was done just days before the case went to trial….I can guarantee you that sanctions will be administered against the state and prosecution team for trying to manipulate the case and convict Zimmerman at any cost.

  8. Michael Goldman

    Stephanie D. Simmons Stephanie, wait until the sanctions are handed down against the state for willfully trying to manipulate the case…withholding damning evidence against Trayvon, etc. Stop race baiting – this was a case about facts, not race.

  9. Alan Wong

    We may never know if the killing of the teen was really self defense. Other than God, only one person knows now. But the prosecutor's case is not based on solid evidence. Withholding evidence from the defense team should be prosecuted. They failed to uphold the American legal system. I wish Mr. Kruidbos sue them and win. I am sick of the liberal race baiting.

  10. Ann Shields

    You have your facts wrong Tracy. He was attacked by Martin and was sitting on him beating him. When he went for Zimmermans gun, Zimmerman got to it first and defended himself.

  11. Kristine Reardon

    What does being black have to do with it? Why are people like you, who automatically label people "racist" because victims & perpetrators aren't the same color?

    Have you been so completely brainwashed by the media and political correctness that the first and only thing that matters to you is the color of someone's skin?

    Zimmerman didn't even know the color of Martin's skin when Zimmerman called 911. Did you forget that part or never actually bother learning it? To you, and those like you, Zimmerman was automatically guilty because the victim wasn't Hispanic like Zimmerman? Damn the facts, Martin was black! Obviously Zimmerman is a racist who shot Martin because he was black!

    It's sickening what priorities people like you make.

  12. Kristine Reardon

    Have you EVER seen a trial, in your life, where the alleged victim didn't have their entire existence excavated by the defense? Do you really think this is somehow unique? Well, it isn't. It happens at every single trial. Rape victims get former sex partners trotted out who label them sluts, as if screwing a 100 men in the past has anything to do with the time she said no to sex and was brutalized.

    I'd have to question this bit about "where he belonged". A gated community in which he didn't live? That's "where he belonged"? Presuming he, or anyone, "belongs" anywhere?

    Why isn't your assertion about "open season" to kill if Zimmerman "gets away with it" incredibly racist? You're sitting around thinking a group of people are going to kill others based on a verdict. How sick is that?

    Do you people ever stop to THINK about what you're saying and believing?? Oh wait, no. You all stopped thinking for yourselves a very long time ago… if you ever did in the first place.

  13. Houston Retrievers

    Just goes to show that if you want to get violent you can get dead. Should create a more peaceful environment where people think twice about getting involved in aggravated situations. You do have the choice to ignore and remove yourself from a situation you are uncomfortable in. In the public domain he has certain rights, on private property he has none other then what is contracted, and since he was not a resident, he was trespassing, and Zimmerman acting as security had a duty and a right to find out what was going on without having to be concerned with getting attacked. Understandably people do not want to be bothered, and I'm certain that he had not been a pot head he may have responded differently, but the best we can hope for from this is that people take notice that people are tired of anger, unjust rudeness, and threat of violence coming from the young inner city black/white youth.

  14. Anonymous

    Stephanie D. Simmons
    How do you know what Trayvon was doing?
    How do you know he was not doing anything but minding his business?

    I don't.

    I have zero idea of what Trayvon was doing.

    Which is the same as you.

    The only difference is I operate based on facts and you are running on emotions and a need to defend Trayvon no matter the facts as it best serves your narrative.

    Look, what you are doing is no different than a white person defending Paula Deen.

    You are doing so based on race and how you personally feel rather than forming an objective opinion based wholly on facts.

  15. Anonymous

    Zimmerman was a LEGAL gun owner with a LICENSE to conceal and carry.

    That little angelic child with a picture of himself with a gun on his cellphone along with texts about buying one illegally says much more.

    You see, the problem with guns in America is not with guys like Zimmerman who own theirs legally.

    It's with thugs in Chicago who get theirs on the street and use them to commit crime and shoot each other.

  16. Derek S Scammon

    And George Zimmerman is innocent. Simple as that.

  17. Debbie Fields

    #1 a Twitter account that is set to public is not sensitive private info. That is where this info came from!#2 a whistle blower is protected under federal law! #3 Where is Sharpton when this man's rights are violated by the DA's office! Oh I see he's not the correct race right?

  18. Debbie Fields

    NO it is not!! READ AND LISTEN TO THE EVIDENCE!!!

  19. Debbie Fields

    He assaulted a man . In fact maybe Travon should be charged with assault. It can be done and it would be legal! Now this is just as senseless as some of these comments on here that states Travon did nothing!!

  20. Debbie Fields

    Stephanie D. Simmons He assaulted a man . In fact maybe Travon should be charged with assault. It can be done and it would be legal! GZ could even go after payment from the T. Martin estate bc Martin assaulted him and forced him to defend himself by his actions!. Now this is just as senseless as some of these comments on here that states Travon did nothing!! " GET REAL PEOPLE!!!!!!

  21. Debbie Fields

    Tracy MacAuley He assaulted a man . In fact maybe Travon should be charged with assault. It can be done and it would be legal! GZ could even go after payment from the T. Martin estate bc Martin assaulted him and forced him to defend himself by his actions!. Not to mention he had pot in his system which is another illegal act!Now this is just as senseless as some of these comments on here that states Travon did nothing!! " GET REAL PEOPLE!!!!!!

  22. Debbie Fields

    TM assaulted a man. In fact maybe Travon should be charged with assault. It can be done and it would be legal! GZ could even go after payment from the T. Martin estate bc Martin assaulted him and forced him to defend himself by his actions! Now this is just as senseless as some of these comments on here that states Travon did nothing! " GET REAL PEOPLE!

  23. Gale Robins

    You are a saint and should righteously judge. Cudos to you

  24. Anonymous

    Zimmerman wanted a confrontation and he got one. When he found out he couldn't win, he took the easy way out and he killed an unarmed person. Despite what the jury decides, this guy (Zimmerman) is cowardly punk. I hope he meets with up with a "real thug" one day and they show him how its really done!

  25. Anonymous

    If my 17 yr old is being followed by someone and he is home alone with a 12 year old relative….i might not want him to lead that stranger to our house. Have any of you ever considered that trayvon had a right to "stand his ground" and protect himself from what he percieved was a threat to him and/or his little brother?

    Zimmerman wanted a confrontation and he got one. When he found out he couldn't win, he took the easy way out and he killed an unarmed person. Despite what the jury decides, this guy (Zimmerman) is cowardly punk. I hope he meets with up with a "real thug" one day and they show him how its really done!

  26. Anonymous

    If my 17 yr old is being followed by someone and he is home alone with a 12 year old relative….i might not want him to lead that stranger to our house. Have any of you ever considered that trayvon had a right to "stand his ground" and protect himself from what he percieved was a threat to him and/or his little brother ??

    Zimmerman wanted a confrontation and he got one. When he found out he couldn't win, he took the easy way out and he killed an unarmed person. Despite what the jury decides, this guy (Zimmerman) is cowardly punk. I hope he meets with up with a "real thug" one day and they show him how its really done !!

  27. Anonymous

    The prosecution violated the law by withholding evidence! This is typical of Liberals concept of the law… any and all facts in this case should have been given to the Defense team as part of their Discovery request! All evidence should be presented!
    The prosecutors in this case should be fired and disbarred for their horrendous abuse of the system!
    In addition any violence that may result from this case will be the result of political posturing and race baiting done by the likes of Al Sharpton and the Liberal News Media, both of which should be held accountable for inciting the discontent that endanger us all!

  28. Anonymous

    Zimmerman wanted a confrontation and he got one. When he found out he couldn't win, he took the easy way out and he killed an unarmed person. Despite what the jury decides, this guy (Zimmerman) is cowardly punk. I hope he meets with up with a "real thug" one day and they show him how its really done!

    Its cool though because all these white conservatives on here can blast trayvon martin and praise Zimmerman. (Im not saying all…but I bet most of yall are white conservatives). Yall time is limited here in the united states. Look around. Your voice and your views are weakening. As proof by the last 2 elections and the changing demographics in this country.

  29. Anonymous

    Zimmerman wanted a confrontation and he got one. When he found out he couldn't win, he took the easy way out and he killed an unarmed person. Despite what the jury decides, this guy (Zimmerman) is cowardly punk. I hope he meets with up with a "real thug" one day and they show him how its really done !!

    Its cool though because all these white conservatives on here can blast trayvon martin and praise Zimmerman. (Im not saying all…but I bet most of yall are white conservatives). Yall time is limited here in the united states. Look around. Your voice and your views are weakening. As proof by the last 2 elections and the changing demographics in this country

  30. Anonymous

    Zimmerman wanted a confrontation and he got one. When he found out he couldn't win, he took the easy way out and he killed an unarmed person. Despite what the jury decides, this guy (Zimmerman) is cowardly punk. I hope he meets with up with a "real thug" one day and they show him how its really done !!

    Its cool though because all these white conservatives on here can blast trayvon martin and praise Zimmerman. (Im not saying all…but I bet most of yall are white conservatives). Yall time is limited here in the united states. Look around. Your voice and your views are weakening. As proof by the last 2 elections and the changing demographics in this country

  31. Anonymous

    If my 17 yr old is being followed by someone and he is home alone with a 12 year old relative….i might not want him to lead that stranger to our house. Have any of you ever considered that trayvon had a right to "stand his ground" and protect himself from what he percieved was a threat to him and/or his little brother?

    Zimmerman wanted a confrontation and he got one. When he found out he couldn't win, he took the easy way out and he killed an unarmed person. Despite what the jury decides, this guy (Zimmerman) is cowardly punk. I hope he meets with up with a "real thug" one day and they show him how its really done!

    Its cool though because all these white conservatives on here can blast trayvon martin and praise Zimmerman. (Im not saying all…but I bet most of yall are white conservatives). Yall time is limited here in the united states. Look around. Your voice and your views are weakening. As proof by the last 2 elections and the changing demographics in this country.

  32. Anonymous

    this is concerning the whistle blower just like the judge would not allow the prosecutors to say racial profing and go into Georges past the same person that beat a cop and beat his wife why should he have the right to go into Trayvon phone and break the law. hell George had a gun and he used it to kill trayvon had nothing he should of been fired.

  33. Gigi Glinda

    I guess it has to be your child. That was walking home with a bag of skittles and an Arizona drink. He was told not to pursue but willfully opposed the request. He had pics of in his phone that were not appropriate. But how many kids nationwide regardless of color smoke. If it wasn't race related why did Zimmerman say that these assholes always get away. Zimmerman please define these assholes. Zimmerman you think your free. That last day of a normal life ended the day you pulled the trigger. Every place you go you will be looked upon as the animal you are. People will cross the streets when they see you coming. Enjoy the shitty life you made for yourself. Go and get re-educated change your career. Even in a suit you'll be an animal. Live your life and love it you piece of shit.

  34. Cherise Cobert

    The prosecution was not "withholding evidence". This evidence was deemed to not have any connection with the trial and stated in another article to be taken out of context. Regardless of whether or not Trayvon did drugs or dressed like a thug, whatever, he wasn't doing ANYTHING when Zimmerman decided to stalk him, provoke him into what was more than likely fear-induced attack, then shoot him to death.

  35. Kristina Michelle Glazener

    Well he was the head of the neighborhood watch for his neighborhood so he does have the responsibility of investigating suspicious persons in his area. Trayvon was not from there because he was visiting his father. Zimmerman reported to 911 that there was an unidentified person wandering the neighborhood. Zimmerman had two black eyes, a broken nose, and lacerations to the back of the head. Though it is tragic that the kid died, the amount of media attention directed to this case and riots caused from media attention is unnecessary and unjust when you consider how many other more brutal crimes are committed every day.

  36. Cherise Cobert

    You are mistaken, Kristina. Both other neighborhood watch members and a police officer have stated that neighborhood watch volunteers aren't supposed to take the law into their hands, as it were, but report suspicious persons. If Zimmerman had done what he was supposed to, Trayvon would still be alive. If Zimmermand hadn't have followed him like he was told not to, Trayvon probably wouldn't have attacked him. I doubt Trayvon was just hanging around with a convenience store bag, waiting for some random passerby to jump. The fact that there are more vicious crimes being committed does not mean crimes like this should be ignored. Rioting isn't necessarily the answer, but I will never fault anyone for standing up for what they believe in.

  37. Kristina Michelle Glazener

    I will fault people for standing up when their acts of protest become dangerous and violent. What message are you spreading when your actions endanger the lives of more people? And no, it should not go ignored but it also should not be a widely publisized case for then purpose of media and government agendas

  38. Becca Dorman

    Funny how racists are always the ones to accuse people of "race-baiting"
    It's so telling how people were crowing about "daming evidence against Trayvon" when (I'm pretty sure) he wasn't the one who was on trial. The man who killed him was.

  39. Yifeng Zhang

    Stephanie D. Simmons : does not matter??? You must be kidding.

  40. Jonathan Stone

    Cherise Cobert Thank you. I agree. I think whether or not Trayvon had pictures of nude girls on his phone, a handgun, or of himself smoking marijuana should be irrelevant. I mean, if he had a gun underage I think that's illegal, right? But it doesn't indicate a "violent" person any more so than a young white man taking a similar photo. Young people who take on the urban persona today are mostly idiots at that age and, to be honest, a gun in a photo is far different from a gun in a man's face prepared to shoot. It seems a lot of older white people have not had contact with younger, urban black folks and realized that a lot of those with "the look" are basically normal people (I actually know a couple of very gentle guys who are homosexual and who dress very much in that style–never hurt a fly but *would* pose with lots of cash and perhaps even a handgun–to which I ask: so fucking what? How is that relevant?". It's especially ironic because it basically is insinuating that man taking a proud photo of a pistol means he's invariably a violent person–hmmm….seems a tad…hypocritical? Yes. Yes it does.

    What, exactly, does a young man's use of marijuana or having been in some scraps (never charged with anything, mind you) have to do with his being in a case in which he was murdered in a fight? Even if he were the type to fight frequently, you must prove that he was the aggressor which has not been done. In what world is this even a legitimate topic of discussion when considering the case at hand? This is all very much a red-herring cultivated for the sake of ignoring the fact that Zimmerman's wounds were not consistent with his story and therefore, at all intents and purposes, the forensic evidence has proved his extra-court testimony at least *partially* fabricated. The crux upon which many based their spewing of acidic vitriol against Trayvon was the "head bashing" which, according to DNA evidence, was a distinct impossibility. Trayvon didn't have DNA under his fingernails, which can only mean that he would have had to smash George's head against the concrete using only his fingertips–not likely. If he *did* bash Zimmerman's head and the DNA went missing during the time it took to collect it out there in the rain, well…that's not really any greater evidence that a "head bashing" actually *did* take place, now is it?