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Saturday October 20, 2012

Judge Grants Zimmerman the Right to Trayvon Martin’s School, Social Media Records

Judge Grants Zimmerman the Right to Trayvon Martin’s School, Social Media Records

Photo: Trayvon Martin and George Zimmerman

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On Friday, attorneys for George Zimmerman were granted rights to the school records of Trayvon Martin, whom Zimmerman is on trial for murdering.

Zimmerman is being charged for shooting and killing Martin Feb. 26 near their gated Florida community.

Zimmerman claimed he fired in self-defense, although Martin, who was 17, was not armed. Zimmerman has pleaded not guilty, and his trial is set to begin June 10. He is currently out on bail and in a secluded location.

NBC reported that Circuit Judge Debra Nelson ruled that Zimmerman’s attorneys must keep all data they obtain from Martin’s records private.

She also granted the request for Zimmerman to subpoena Trayvon’s social media records, which were removed from the Internet following his death. This includes a phone conversation Martin had with a girl which occurred before the shooting.

“We think it’s a terrible precedent to set,” said attorney Ben Crump, who represents Martin’s parents. “Why is it relevant about his school records or his Facebook page? George Zimmerman knew none of that on Feb. 26 when he claimed Trayvon’s life.”

According to the Christian Science Monitor, Friday marked the first time Nelson was the judge in the case. She replaced Kenneth Lester after he began forming personal opinions about Zimmerman.