Defense requests access to social media conversations in Gomery case
The defense team for Clarence Gomery, the man charged with trying to hire a hit man to kill fellow attorney Chris Cooke, was in Grand Traverse County Circuit Court on Friday afternoon for a pretrial hearing.
A portion of the hearing was behind closed doors. Grand Traverse County Prosecutor, Bob Cooney says he met with Gomery's defense attorney, Frank Stanley, to discuss different elements in the case.
Later, both parties went on the record in the circuit courtroom with Hon. Thomas Power where there were some unusual requests made. Gomery was not present.
Stanley told the court that the case is centered around a lot of evidence involving social media and phone conversations. He told Power that he would like access to all of the relevant Facebook conversations between Dale Fisher, the man Gomery allegedly tried to hire to kill Cooke, Cooke himself, and other members of the Cooke family.
Stanley said the conversations will be difficult to obtain quickly from Facebook, and that he feels the process could be sped up with the help of the court, and the prosecutor.
Bob Cooney agreed to assist in the process, and Judge Power said that he would be willing to sign a subpoena for it.
The defense also made a request to get access to the phone records of Fisher and Gomery.
The next court date is expected to happen within the next three weeks.