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IT chief fired after raising concerns in Zimmerman case

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  • IT Director Ben Kruidbos has said he had 'concerns' about evidence
  • State attorney Angela Corey fired him for 'deliberate misconduct'
IT chief fired after raising concerns in Zimmerman case

Monday night at 10 p.m ET on a special edition of HLN After Dark, Vinnie Politan is one-on-one with the Zimmerman prosecution team to try to find out what happened. HLN has been all over this case, and nothing is off-limits in this primetime interview.

The Florida State Attorney's office has fired information technology director Ben Kruidbos, who raised concerns about how the prosecutors in the George Zimmerman trial turned over evidence to the defense.

According to Kruidbos' attorney Wesley White, the former IT director was let go Friday by the state's top prosecutor, Angela Corey, for allegedly violating "numerous State Attorney’s Office policies and procedures."

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Kruidbos, who testified in a pretrial hearing in the Zimmerman case in June, said that he had reason to believe that additional information found in Trayvon Martin's cell phone had not been turned over to the defense. Kruidbos said more than 2,000 photos from the phone were not shown to defense attorneys, including pictures of underage naked girls, images showing piles of jewelry on Martin's bed and photos of Martin blowing smoke.

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Kruidbos' termination letter stated, in part: "It has come to our attention that you violated numerous State Attorney’s Office (SAO) policies and procedures and have engaged in deliberate misconduct that is especially egregious in light of your position.”

According to HLN legal experts, while Kruidbos' firing will not affect the jury's verdict, his testimony could be raised in the defense's request for sanctions. It could also be brought up in Zimmerman's appeal if he is convicted.

Jurors in Zimmerman's trial began their second day of deliberations Saturday. Zimmerman is charged with second-degree murder for killing Martin on Feb. 26, 2012. He maintains that he shot the teenager in self-defense.

Tune in to Jane-Velez Mitchell tonight at 7 pm EST to see attorney Wesley White share his side of the story!

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