“The state has the ability to toss as wide a net as it wishes into waters chopped up by storms created by racial innuendo and political pressure,” O’Mara shot back after being accused of going on a “fishing expedition.” “It cannot drown within that net a criminal defendant’s constitutional rights to prepare an appropriate trial and to defend himself against that tide.”
Judge Nelson may rule Friday on whether to allow the social media and school record subpoenas to move forward.
On Monday, Facebook lawyers sent a letter to O’Mara vowing to fight the subpoena. Trayvon’s social-media account, Facebook attorney Furqan Mohammed said, is not only irrelevant to the case, but by law cannot be released. Mohammed said federal law protects the account information, and added that an argument over the issue would have to take place in a California court.
“We think the attorneys for Facebook are essentially saying the same thing we have been saying all along: Trayvon’s Facebook and social media are completely irrelevant,” said Benjamin Crump, an attorney for Trayvon’s family. “All of these issues are distractions that take the focus off George Zimmerman.”
Zimmerman is charged with second-degree murder for the Feb. 26 killing of Trayvon, a Miami Gardens high school junior. Zimmerman claims the unarmed teen attacked him and he was forced to shoot in self defense.
Trayvon’s parents are expected in court Friday to urge prosecutors to push for release of Zimmerman’s medical records.
“The family thinks those records are far more relevant,” Crump said.