Facebook, Twitter Must Give Messages to Calif. Murder Suspects (1)

May 29, 2018, 8:13 PMUpdated: May 29, 2018, 9:17 PM

Facebook Inc. and Twitter Inc. must turn over public social media posts to murder suspects because doing so doesn’t violate federal stored data laws, the California Supreme Court ruled.

Derrick Hunter and Lee Sullivan, facing state murder charges in alleged gang-related killings, subpoenaed Facebook, Instagram LLC, and Twitter for public and private communications. Hunter and Sullivan demanded deleted messages of the homicides victim and a prosecution witness. The murder suspects sought the information “in order to properly prepare for trial” to defend against the charges, according to the May 24 opinion.

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