Judge Rules Defense Can Use Trayvon Martin Tweets - from Slashdot

Posted Monday, November 12, 2012 in Social Media by Scott Jordan

Hm.  Wonder if this would have gone down differently if Martin were alive.

Safest to assume one's tweets, FB posts, emails, etc., are going to be opened in any matter in a court of law, and manage one's accounts accordingly.

"The NY Times reports a judge in the second-degree murder case against George Zimmerman has ruled that Trayvon Martin's school and social media records should be provided to the defense. Judge Debra S. Nelson said Martin's Twitter, Facebook and school records were relevant in the self-defense case. In those instances, showing whether a victim 'had an alleged propensity to violence' or aggression is germane, the judge said. The defense also got permission for access to the social media postings of a Miami girl who said she was on the phone with Martin just before the shooting. Time to update the Miranda warning to include: 'Anything you Tweet or post can and will be held against you in a court of law'?'"

Posted by Timothy Theodp in Slashdot


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