Caroline Wimmer was brutally beaten and murdered by Calvin Lawson in her home in 2009. While Lawson was sentenced to 25 years to life this past summer, Wimmer’s parents’ legal battles continue over the photos of Wimmer’s dead body that were then posted onto Facebook.
But now that the two main offenders in the case are put away, Caroline Wimmer’s parents have pressed charges against Facebook itself.
The Wimmers aren’t asking for cash. They want the images returned to them, and for the images to be destroyed on Facebook, as well as a list of “the identities of any Facebook users who accessed or downloaded Ms. Wimmer’s photos,” which seems to be taking it a bit too far.
Once part of Facebook, the images are public and it the people who took part in that public interaction aren’t guilty of anything and shouldn’t be involved in this case. Most of the people who saw the image were probably disturbed enough by seeing them.
But the family’s attorney, and the Wimmers themselves, don’t see it that way, and make a couple of valid points about the need for Facebook to be more accountable.
“If they’re uploading ten million shots a month, well maybe they need to hire. America needs jobs, maybe they need to hire screeners of these images. And if a picture looks like somebody is dead, immediately delete it and notify the member! What are you doing? Something’s wrong.”
Facebook’s only response so far has been cold and corporate.
“The case is without merit and we will fight it vigorously.”