Wesley F. White, Esq.
Post Office Box 17015Fernandina Beach, FL 32035Telephone: 904.335.8335 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
August 2, 2013The Honorable Rick ScottGovernor of the State of FloridaThe Capitol400 South Monroe StreetTallahassee, Florida 32399-0001
Re: Request for independent investigation as to the Office of the State Attorney forthe 4
Dear Governor Scott:Florida Statutes
provides in part that “[a] person who testifies in a judicial
proceeding in response to a subpoena may not be dismissed from employment because of
the nature of the person’s testimony” and that “[i]n any civil action arising out of a
violation of this sec
tion, the court may award attorney’s fees and punitive damages to the
dismissed, in addition to actual damages suffered by such person.”
The undersigned represents Ben Kruidbos, a former employee of the Office of the StateAttorney for the 4
Judicial Circuit, who was unlawfully terminated on Friday, July 11,2013
, for having testified (pursuant to a subpoena) before the circuit court in and for Seminole County
, on June 6,
2013. The nature of his testimony related to the possibleknowing violation, by the State of Florida, of its reciprocal discovery obligations in acriminal prosecution.The letter terminating Mr. Kruidbos makes explicit reference to his testimony of June 6
.Prior to his testimony, he was a well-regarded employee, recently received a raise, and was
considered a “friend” by the State Attorney.
But for his testimony he would still beemployed.
Copy of letter terminating Mr. Kruidbos’ employment is attached.
State v. Zimmerman
, Case No. 2012-001083-CFA.
Pretextually, the letter also references additional alleged grounds for termination.