George Zimmerman’s defense attorney, Mark O’Mara, has set a new hearing in his client’s second-degree murder case and will ask a judge to allow his team to subpoena the school and social media records of Trayvon Martin.
In a press conference yesterday, O’Mara asked for records from the teenager’s middle and high school tenure, as well as his Twitter and Facebook accounts. A hearing has been set for Oct. 19.
O’Mara also said that Zimmerman is in a virtual prison and can’t even walk the streets.
But let’s be honest, where Zimmerman belongs is in a real prison – not a virtual one.
As reported by the Orlando Sentinel:
Zimmerman’s defense is also asking for a continuance. In a motion, the defense team writes that “at least 50-75″ witness depositions must be completed in the case before it will be ready for trial.
The defense team also submitted its response to a filing by the state which referred to the requests for Trayvon’s school records as a “fishing expedition.”
In one of several new filings, defense attorney Mark O’Mara writes that the requests are part of a “well thought out plan to focus on potentially relevant and admissible information.”
O’Mara also noted that the state has gathered Zimmerman’s high school records from Manassas, Va.
“Yet, when the same exact documents are requested regarding Trayvon Martin, the State denigrates the request as a fishing expedition,” O’Mara writes. “The irony is rich.”
In a third new motion, O’Mara asked to be allowed to review the court’s copy of a recorded law enforcement interview of a woman identified as “Witness 9.” That witness, in two interviews made public in the case already, accused Zimmerman of disliking black people and of molesting her when they were both young.
Trayvon’s family attorney, Benjamin Crump, responded to O’Mara’s inquiry:
“Trayvon’s parents maintain that his school records and Facebook page are completely irrelevant to George Zimmerman’s decision to get out of his car to profile, pursue, and shoot their son in the heart on February 26, 2012.
How does George Zimmerman’s review of Trayvon Martin’s high school and middle school records and Facebook page bear any relevance to Zimmerman’s decision to pull the trigger and kill a seventeen year old child? Is this going to be a new legal standard we are setting- for a murderer to review the school records and Facebook page of his teenage victim to determine whether or not he should have killed him?”
After Trayvon’s death, there was a small group of hateful and racist people, who attempted to destroy his legacy, reputation, and image.
These people hacked this dead youth’s social media accounts, his email account, and stooped as low as to plaster the internet with photoshopped and fake images purporting to be Trayvon.
On the advice of counsel, and with the intent to preserve Trayvon’s public reputation, Trayvon Martin’s parents deactivated all of his electronic accounts.”
We still can’t figure out why the defense wants Trayvon’s school records so badly; his past had nothing to do with the night he was killed.