Facebook, Twitter hold evidence that could save people from prison. And they’re not giving it up
“Facebook and Twitter appear to be misusing their immense resources to manipulate the judicial system in a manner that deprives two indigent young men facing life sentences of their constitutional right to defend themselves at trial,” Judge Charles Crompton wrote. “But Facebook and Twitter have made it clear that they are unwilling to alter their behavior, regardless of the harm to others — or the rulings of this court.” – Judge
By the time the FBI raided Omar Ameen’s Sacramento apartment in August 2018, his extradition back to Iraq seemed all but inevitable.
Federal prosecutors alleged that just months before Ameen immigrated to the United States in 2014, the auto mechanic shot an Iraqi police officer to death, part of an action by an Islamic State group convoy that took over his hometown of Rawah. The refugee had allegedly concealed his ties to the Islamic State and lied about his reasons for fleeing Iraq.
Iraqi authorities and federal prosecutors agreed: The U.S. had unwittingly opened its doors to a terrorist.
Ameen could now become the first person in U.S. history to be extradited to Iraq. Prosecutors must show only probable cause to secure his extradition, which would lead to Iraqi authorities conducting a criminal trial. It’s a fate Ameen’s defenders say would undoubtedly lead to his execution.
But new evidence has been unearthed that his attorneys say will show he was 600 miles away from Rawah at the time of the killing. Additionally, an Islamic State Twitter account that the company suspended, as well as a suspended Facebook account, could be instrumental in proving Ameen’s innocence.
But the social media giants are refusing to cooperate.