O’Mara stressed that a social-media user should have no expectation of privacy.
For Trayvon’s parents, the issue was not their son’s privacy as much as his reputation. Trayvon was suspended several times in the months before his death, including one incident in which a school police officer said he caught the Michael Krop High student with a bag of what appeared to be stolen jewelry.
“As human beings, our first priority should not be character assassination and making dead children seem as though they are the perpetrator,” said Tracy Martin, Trayvon’s father.
The slain teen’s parents wanted to shift the attention to another set of sought-after documents: Zimmerman’s medical records.
Zimmerman, who appeared in court Friday looking noticeably heavier, acknowledged to investigators that he has attention deficit disorder, and medical records show that he was taking several medications for that. But prosecutors say they have only seen a portion of Zimmerman’s medical records, and there are more pages defense lawyers refuse to release.
Prosecutor Bernie de la Rionda said he wants to be sure Zimmerman had not been treated for injuries to his head or nose — where he was hit the night of the shooting — on prior occasions. He also wanted to determine whether Zimmerman sought any follow up care.
The judge said she would review the records herself and decide later.
The judge, recently assigned to the case, handled a wide scope of motions Friday, moving along quickly and cutting off attorneys when they bickered or belabored a point. In other matters before her, the judge:
• Refused the prosecutor’s request for future subpoenas to be issued under seal and set a hearing for Oct. 26 on the prosecutor’s motion to issue a gag order in the case.
• Said Crump can be listed as a witness so he can be questioned under oath about how a garbled recording of the state’s star witness came about and wound up on ABC News. Nelson also ruled that the defense could pursue getting that witness’ social-media account information as well.
• Dealt a blow to the defense by refusing to force the prosecution to turn over the home addresses of Trayvon’s parents. Defense lawyer Don West said he needed the information so he could send investigators to interview neighbors, but de la Rionda said their safety was at stake.
• Held off on ruling on an emergency motion by the defense, which asked that no lawyer in the case be allowed to talk to Sanford Police officers. O’Mara wanted the protective order because a police officer disclosed during his deposition Thursday that, in the days after the shooting, the police department held daily meetings about it and there was largely consensus that there wasn’t enough evidence to charge Zimmerman.
O’Mara said prosecutors never disclosed the daily meetings, and suggested the officer’s testimony proves that the charges were politically motivated.
“The race card, it’s time that we shred it in our society,” said Zimmerman’s brother, Robert, who attended the hearing. “Race did not have a place in this case.”