Target: Judge Debra S. Nelson of Seminole County Circuit Court
Goal: To prohibit the use of personal social media files in the defense case against the homicide of Trayvon Martin
Trayvon Martin was a 17-year old who was walking in the rain back to a guest house when George Zimmerman, the neighborhood’s crime watch leader, spotted the young boy and found him suspicious. The 29 year-old Zimmerman than shot the unarmed teenager on February 26, claiming that Mr. Martin attacked him, breaking his nose and hurting his head. This raises the question, “wouldn’t the accusations of a broken nose have more relevance in a court of law than social media videos and postings?” Nearly eight months after the devastating tragedy, Judge Debra S. Nelson of Seminole County Circuit Court believes that defense lawyer, Mark M. O’Mara’s has relevant points in proving through social media that Martin had violent tendencies such as his involvement in mixed martial arts.
O’Mara further states that Martin’s posting via social media outlets with videos and pictures suggest that he was somehow a violent person. Of course, this is mere speculation and Mr. O’Mara acknowledges that persuading Facebook and Twitter to release information to him would not be easy. Regardless, the young boy’s interests in mixed martial arts (which has grown in immense popularity here in the United States and is glorified and supported by hundreds of thousands of people around the nation) is absolutely irrelevant in the justification of the boy’s death on that rainy night in February.
Trayvon’s father Tracy Martin says, “I think it’s wrong that we attack the victim.” The loss of Trayvon Martin has generated support of people around the nation with memorials, candle light vigil ceremonies, and protests demanding transparency in the shooting of the young unarmed boy.
This petition demands that Judge Debra S. Nelson withdraw the use of social media files found on Facebook and Twitter in the defense case against Trayvon Martin. The videos and postings via social media outlets are irrelevant to justifying what actually happened in Martin’s death.
Dear Judge Debra S. Nelson,
I urge you to deny the legitimacy of social media postings by Trayvon Martin as presented by his killer’s defense case in a court of law. The 17-year-old’s death on that rainy night in February must be justified with relevant evidence such as the accusations that Mr. Zimmerman was attacked and his nose was broken. The video postings and pictures of Mr. Martin’s interests in mixed martial arts are not accurate evidence to be used in proving the defendant’s case for using lethal force.
Not only has mixed martial arts grown immensely popular here in the United States, but we can not afford to lose sight of remaining accurate, detailed, and honest in this tragic homicide case. Please keep in mind and heart that Mr. Zimmerman should be held accountable with fair and accurate evidence from the night he decided to cast judgement on a young life with fire arms. An example must be set and valuable evidence must not be overlooked.
[Your Name Here]
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