Zimmerman Trial Whistleblower Fired After Testimony

Zimmerman Trial Whistleblower Fired After TestimonyAn employee of the Florida State Attorney’s Office who testified that prosecutors withheld evidence from George Zimmerman’s defense team has been fired.

‘Deleted text messages’

Ben Kruidbos had been on paid administrative leave since May 28 from his job as director of information technology for the State Attorney’s Office. A spokeswoman for Fourth Judicial Circuit State Attorney Angela Corey said Kruidbos was no longer an employee of the office.

Zimmerman, a former neighborhood watch volunteer in Sanford, is on trial in the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin last year. Kruidbos testified before Zimmerman’s trial began that Martin’s cell phone contained images of Martin blowing smoke, images of marijuana and deleted text messages regarding a transaction for a firearm and that those images had not been given to Zimmerman’s defense team. He received the termination letter, dated July 11, on Friday, the same day jurors began deliberating Zimmerman’s case.

‘Held liable’

Kruidbos said that, when he printed a 900-page Florida Department of Law Enforcement report from Martin’s cell phone in late 2012 or early 2013, he noticed information was missing. Concerned that attorneys did not have all the information they needed to prepare the case, he said, he reported his concerns to a State Attorney’s Office investigator and later to prosecutor Bernie de la Rionda.

Kruidbos said he generated a report that was more than three times the size of the one that had been handed over.In court, Kruidbos testified that he was concerned that he could be held liable if all information wasn’t shared. But the defense said Kruidbos’ testimony supports its claim that the state violated the rules of discovery. The defense said it did not get the complete report until a few days before the trial.

Is the firing of Ben Kruidbos rightly justified? Feel free to throw in your opinions regarding this case!

Source: Tom Watkins and Nancy Leung | CNN

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Jessica Korda Fires Caddie Mid-Round At U.S. Women’s Open

Jessica Korda Fires Caddie Mid-Round At U.S. Women's OpenAmerican Jessica Korda stunningly fired caddie Jason Gilroyed on the ninth hole Saturday, creating a reality television-like sideshow in the third round of the 2013 Women’s U.S. Open, which otherwise would have been headlined by World No. 1 Inbee Park.

‘Temporarily drafted her boyfriend’

The talented South Korean shot a 71, the only under-par round Saturday at the U.S. Open. Yet while Inbee Park rested four shots clear of I.K. Park heading into Sunday at Sebonack Park Golf Course in Long Island, N.Y., all the talk was about Korda’s bold move.

Spiraling out of contention at five-over on the front nine, Korda, the daughter of 1998 Australian Open (tennis) winner Petr Korda, decided things weren’t quite working out with Gilroyed, whom she could be seen having issues with on the front nine. The 20-year-old told ESPN that she had a couple of disagreements and wasn’t in the right state of mind. Rather than wait until the end of the round, Korda fired him on the spot and temporarily drafted her boyfriend, Johnny DelPrete, from the gallery a moment later.

‘Improved significantly’

Following the difficult decision, it appeared that Korda’s state of mind improved significantly. With Gilroyed gone and DelPrete put to work, Korda settled down, playing the back nine at the challenging Sebonack layout at one-under. The reversal left Korda at one-over for the tournament and in a tie for sixth, 11 shots back of Park.

While DelPrete couldn’t have expected to end his day between the ropes at Sebonack on Saturday, it’s certainly not unfamiliar territory for the professional golfer who competed on the Web.com Tour last year.

What can you say about golfers firing their caddies in the middle of a competition? Good or bad decision?

Source: James McMahon | Bleacher Report

Image: Golf Week