Courthouse News reports on a case concerning privacy and social-networking site Facebook.
A former St. Louis police officer who is facing a felony trial for a shooting has requested records from Facebook, but the social network site isn’t giving them up without a fight. The officer claims that online friendships between investigators and bar patrons create concerns about the impartiality of the investigation.
Albert Watkins, attorney for former police Officer Bryan Pour, says there are friendships between investigating officers and patrons at Mac N Mick’s Sports Bar & Grill in Pontoon Beach, where the Nov. 9, 2008 shooting occurred. […]
But Facebook is fighting the subpoena.
Facebook attorneys argued in court documents that the site is prohibited by federal law from disclosing the information. Even if the site complied, the “defendant’s requests are hopelessly overbroad and vague, and compliance would impose an undue burden on Facebook’s resources,” court papers state.
A hearing on the subpoena is expected in Madison County Court in February. […]
Watkins wants profiles of 23 Facebook users dating back to the day before the shooting.