by ANDREA FRENCH Section Editor
The fatal case of Trayvon Martin has been gaining more publicity in recent weeks since the shooting last February.
“I think that this is good that people are continuing to talk about this. This case brings up a lot of controversial topics that need to be addressed,” says sophomore Taylor Zeni.
George Zimmerman, the Florida neighborhood watch volunteer, has hired an abundance of lawyers who are trying to get the support of the internet on Zimmerman’s side. Zimmerman is charged with second-degree murder for shooting the unarmed 17-year-old Martin.
In response to this, police have created units that can access Facebook histories, and are publishing details relevant to the case.
Defense attorneys and prosecutors are using social media sites such as Twitter and Facebook to their advantage. They are posting questions and other issues that might come up in court, and then considering the responses to be something similar to what a juror might say.
Also, the defense has requested to open Martin’s school records, with hope that they can develop some case against him.
“I remember hearing about Trayvon Martin a while ago, and I know that it really upset a lot of people. It was a very controversial topic to discuss with anyone,” says sophomore Catarina Santo.