Note to Rene: Did you ask the FBI, or Feds? Before publication.
(Via Stutzman and Weiner @ Orlando Sentinel) Despite all the investigation, public outrage and scrutiny over the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, at least one major piece of evidence has not yet been thoroughly analyzed: his cellphone.
Presented as if the “cellphone” sits unattended in a vacuum closet – tearfully waiting for someone, anyone, to just ask it a few simple questions.
Police found it at the scene the night Trayvon was shot, its battery dead. Authorities tried but failed to download data from the phone, then asked his father, Tracy Martin, for the security code so they could unlock it. They didn’t get the code and turned the phone over to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.
They didn’t get the code because on Monday March 5th (note the date this is the monday following the funeral services and internment – the same Monday Ryan Julison became the Media Consultant for the plan, “the scheme”.) Tracy Martin said he needed to talk to his attorney “Benjamin Crump” first. Why?
A crime-lab specialist there had only limited success accessing the messages, photos and other information on the phone, according to attorneys for defendant George Zimmerman.
Without the security code, FDLE analyst Stephen Brenton told attorneys, he could not unlock the phone and download information from its primary data-storage site: the chip built into the phone, said defense attorney Mark O’Mara.
This is not new news. For several months (March, April, May, June, July, August) the phone data, central to the format of the Crump narrative, and the investigators inability to confirm Crumps version of events, were outlined as alarming and ignored by media.
Brenton was able to download files from two removable-storage devices in the phone: its SIM card and SD card, O’Mara said. But the information on its internal chip remains a mystery. It could be revealing, according to O’Mara and co-counsel Don West.
Attorney Don West IS the primary investigative entity in the case. Don West has done the serious legwork of travel, investigation, discussion, tracing, and understanding of the actual logistics and forensic evidence.
“Could be revealing”? Understatement of the year. If it were NOT revealing, or if it supported the Crump/Martin story, the phone information would not be considered “a risk”.
The phone is a 2-year-old Huawei U8150 smartphone, a model manufactured in China and sold by T-Mobile as the “Comet” and which shoots video and photos and provides Internet access plus conventional cellphone and texting features.
It could be a fount of information about Trayvon, the unarmed black 17-year-old that Zimmerman killed Feb. 26 in Sanford. Zimmerman is charged with second-degree murder. He says he acted in self-defense.
In addition to revealing whom the high-school junior talked with and when and what text messages he sent and received, it could be an electronic record of what he thought — captured in email, videos and photos — and the websites he visited.
The information downloaded by Brenton at the FDLE lab “tells me the last few phone calls, but that’s about it,” O’Mara said. “It looks like there is other information that I should have.”
Dave Kleiman, a computer forensic technician and expert witness with Computer Forensics LLC in West Palm Beach, has no connection to the case and has not analyzed the phone, but he said there may be ways to get to the information from the built-in memory chip.
The phone uses an Android operating system, owned by Google, and Google may be able to bypass the security system and retrieve it, Kleiman said. A technician also could pull the chip out of the phone and analyze it, considered by some to be an extreme step because it would destroy the phone.
Why would it even be necessary to “bypass the security system”, Martin could just provide the PIN and all is apparently easy?
It’s not clear why Brenton at FDLE went no further than he did. FDLE did not respond to an email asking about the process, and neither did the office of Special Prosecutor Angela Corey, which is handling the case against Zimmerman.
It’s not clear why the prosecutors were comfortable with Benjamin Crump not allowing access to investigative information? Really? It’s not clear….
Brenton analyzed the phone March 26. It appears that no one has tried since then to pull more information from it, O’Mara said. He said he would press Circuit Judge Debra S. Nelson at a Dec. 11 hearing to order the state to provide more information about what’s on the phone.
Presumably Tracy would not know the pin for the specific phone per se’ (maybe he would, but maybe not) but THAT was not what investigators were seeking. The T-Mobile people deal with lost/forgotten phone pins all the time – all T-Mobile needed to release or unlock the phone data to the user (Brenton) was the account security passcode to approve the unlocking. They can remotely unlock the phone and subequent data that investigators needed.
It was this account password or passcode that Tracy Martin refused to provide.
Hmmmm, Monday March 26th? Crump introduced the ear-witness “DeeDee” on Tuesday March 20th – the foundation for the only change in the evidence of the ENTIRE CASE from 2/26 through 3/15 when at that time “there was no evidence to suggest or show anything contrary to what George Zimmerman had repeatedly told authorities”…
Remember what Crump said at the hearing about turning over his “recordings” of dee dee phone conversation to the “FBI, who had the best sound and recording equipment”?
The FBI AND FEDERAL DOJ became involved in the case AFTER 3/26, on 4/2…. April 2nd. So the FBI never took possession of the phone? The FBI conducted hundreds of hours of forensics investigative time during the month of April including analysis of the 911 calls, the Dee Dee interview, etc. etc. But never had access to the Cell Phone?
The phone provides a link to one of the prosecution’s most important witnesses, a 16-year-old Miami girl who told investigators that she was on the phone with Trayvon in the minutes leading up to the shooting.
Note: She’s 16 again….
In an interview recorded by an attorney for Trayvon’s family and ABC News, she said a man was following Trayvon, that he was scared, that Trayvon asked, ” ‘What are you following me for?’ ” and she heard the man say, ” ‘What are you doing around here?’ “
The phone then went dead, she said.
Note the phone interview recorded by Crump “AND” ABC News (Matt Gutman)
Trayvon’s father provided ABC [Matt Gutman] with a call log that showed several calls to Trayvon’s phone in the minutes leading up to the shooting, something consistent with the girl’s account to prosecutors. The last was at 7:12 p.m. Trayvon was shot at 7:16 p.m., according to Seminole County Sheriff’s Office records.
The phone is registered to Trayvon’s father. According to police records, on March 1, an analyst with the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office told Sanford police he needed the security code to unlock the data on the phone.
On Thursday March 1st ! Day after Funeral Director, Stanley Kurtz picked up the body and personal effects (Wed 2/29).
Sanford police Detective Doris Singleton contacted the carrier, T-Mobile, asking for the code. The company told her they could get to the information if they had the PIN to the account. On March 5, Sanford police Sgt. Joe Santiago asked Tracy Martin for the PIN, according to a police report. Tracy Martin said he’d check with his attorney.
Again, note they are requesting the account password, or passcode, so that T-Mobile could approve unlocking the phone. This is the account security PIN being requested – which Tracy Martin refused to provide upon advice of his attorney. Why?
Again, note MONDAY March 5th – Same date Media Consultant Ryan Julison was officially on the case, brought in by Natalie Jackson at the behest of Benjamin Crump.
Martin never got back with police. At a March 8 news conference in Orlando, Tracy Martin told reporters he would not help police download information from the phone.
Also, Thursday March 8th was the Presser at the law office of Natalie Jackson, it was the first public display of Sybrina Fulton and the first time she had travelled to Orlando/Sanford since the shooting (she never went to Sanford when she found out Trayvon was shot and killed).
Tracy Martin told reporters “he would not help police”. Funny how the media never published this March 8th proclamation before this article. Makes you wonder why? We knew the refusal from the words of law enforcement who were being skewered for doing a poor job, but no one in the media ever admitted the Scheme Team or Tracy Martin proclaimed he would not help police…..
Well, at least that was until Pam Bondi accidentally let it slip on the Piers Morgan show that similarly Benjamin Crump was stopping DeeDee from talking to police or law enforcement investigators….
When questioned last month about Tracy Martin’s decision to withhold the phone’s PIN from authorities, family attorney Benjamin Crump said, “I don’t know anything about that. We’re going to do anything prosecutors say we should.” (more)
“When questioned last month” by who? Who and What is Rene Stutzman referring to here. When was Ben Crump questioned last month, and who did the questioning?
Odd how she, Rene, would just drop that paragraph, filled with overwhelming inference, and not explain what the circumstances were around this before unknown questioning of Crump.
Really? “I don’t know anything about that”, says Crump. Amazing how the memory hole expands when Sunlight hits it.