Facebook privacy issues in Bennette defense

Facebook privacy issues in Bennette defense

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Posted on January 7, 2013 at 11:43 AM

Updated Monday, Jan 7 at 1:45 PM

PORTLAND -- Facebook is being drawn into a Portland murder case, and the social media website’s lawyers are in Multnomah County this week.

As first reported by our news partner The Oregonian, defense attorneys for 17-year-old murder suspect Parrish Bennette want Facebook to release posts that they believe could help the teen's case.

Bennette is accused of fatally shooting Yashanee Vaughn in March, 2011 and dumping her body on Rocky Butte.

Police timeline: Yashanee Vaughn murder case

Facebook attorneys said the site does not want to share the postings, citing a 1986 Federal Internet Privacy Law.

This week Bennette's attorney asked a judge to hold Facebook in contempt of court and levy a fine of up to one percent of the site’s profits.

The matter could come up again in court later this week.

Related: Suspected killer of Yashanee Vaughn charged with assaulting jailer

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