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CNN Airs Zimmerman’s Social Security & Phone Number

CNN Airs Zimmerman's Social Security & Phone Number

CNN appears to have broadcast the Social Security number and telephone number for George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watchman who is suspected of having killed Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Fla., last February.

On Monday at 12:16 p.m. ET, CNN broadcast a photocopy of a document that included Zimmerman’s address, date of birth, Social Security number and phone number. The image appeared above a chyron that read, “Detective: Zimmerman Seemed Sober.” The document aired on screen as it was presented in court to the jury.

CNN spokespeople did not immediately respond to a request for comment regarding the public disclosure of Zimmerman’s information. We will update here if and when they do.

UPDATE (4:13 p.m.): CNN communications SVP Allison Gollust emails:

Routinely the evidence is first given to the Court Clerk for redaction, and that didn’t happen in this instance. The Court is circling back to attorneys on both sides to make sure they give the Clerk’s office the opportunity to redact the necessary information


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