Judge: George Zimmerman entitled to Trayvon Martin’s school records, social media posts
A judge Friday said yes to the very thing Trayvon Martin’s family did not want: Defense attorneys rummaging through their son’s school records and background, looking for damaging information.
Circuit Judge Debra S. Nelson cleared the way for George Zimmerman’s legal team to begin digging. Defense attorney Mark O’Mara apologized, but said he owed it to his client.
“Though it sounds horrible to come before you and say, ‘I really want to go after the victim’s reputation,’ that is simply what the Sixth Amendment tells us we have to do,” O’Mara told the judge.
Nelson authorized his request to subpoena Trayvon’s Twitter and Facebook posts. In self-defense cases, she said, if there’s evidence that a victim had a violent past, it could be relevant.