Ben Kruidbos, an IT worker from the state attorney's office, testifies during a pretrial hearing in George Zimmerman's case on June 6.
A former worker in the Office of the State Attorney in Jacksonville, Fla., who was fired after testifying that prosecutors withheld evidence from George Zimmerman’s defense team plans to file a lawsuit against his ex-employer, his lawyer told NBC News.
Attorney Wesley White, who represents Ben Kruidbos, told NBC News he will bring a "whistleblower" type lawsuit on Kruidbos’ behalf.
Kruidbos, who had worked as prosecutors' information technology officer, was fired Friday over infractions the State Attorney's Office detailed in a strongly worded six-page letter.
That letter said, in part, that Kruidbos showed an "egregious lack of regard for the sensitive nature of the information handled by this office."
In a pretrial hearing, Kruidbos testified for the defense that the State Attorney's Office led by Angela Corey was slow to deliver discovery information extracted from Trayvon Martin’s cell phone –- including a picture of a hand holding a gun.
On Saturday, a jury acquitted Zimmerman, 29, of second-degree murder and manslaughter for shooting 17-year-old Martin to death at a gated community in Sanford, Fla., on Feb. 26, 2012. Martin was unarmed.
White, who resigned from the same prosecutors office in December and is now in private practice, on Tuesday also called for Corey and Assistant State Attorney Bernie de la Rionda to resign for comments they made after the verdict in the Zimmerman trial.
"You and Mr. de la Rionda have violated your oaths of office and denigrated the very Constitution you swore to uphold and defend. You have assailed and undermined both the right to trial by jury and the finality and dignity associated with a jury verdict," the letter said.
The State Attorney's Office has publicly stated that it will not comment on the termination of Kruidbos' employment because it is a personnel matter.
First published July 16 2013, 8:46 PM