This Instagram photo, published by the daughter of defense attorney Don West, has drawn controversy.
SANFORD, Florida (CBS NEWS) - Prosecutors are asking a judge in the George
Zimmerman trial to conduct an inquiry into an Instagram photo that was
posted by the daughter of defense attorney Don West.
The photo shows West with his daughter holding up ice cream cones. The caption reads "We beat stupidity celebration cones."
The photo included the hashtags #zimmerman," "#defense" and "#dadkilledit."
Prosecutors filed the motion Monday in response to a photo defense attorney West's daughter posted last week. The
prosecution motion says the photo was posted after West's often tense
cross-examination with prosecution witness Rachel Jeantel.
was on the phone with Trayvon Martin in the moments before he was
fatally shot by Zimmerman during a fight. Jeantel, 19, said that she
head Martin on the phone saying "Get off, get off."
In a lengthy
cross-examination, West attempted to point out inconsistencies in
Jeantel's story, including that she hadn't mentioned the phrase in one
of her accounts of the evening's events.
Zimmerman defense team spokesman Shawn Vincent confirmed to CNN the
photo came from Don West's 23-year-old daughter, Molly. According to
the report, West said in a statement, "Sometimes we're deeply
disappointed by the things our children do. But we love them anyway, and
we move on."
West also drew fire for beginning his opening statements with a "knock-knock" joke.
Zimmerman is pleading not guilty to second degree murder, claiming self-defense.
Prosecutors say an inquiry is necessary to make sure witnesses are treated with respect.