NEW YORK – A New York judge says Facebook and its founder must release documents to a defense lawyer whose client has fled from criminal charges that he falsely claimed a majority ownership in the social media giant.
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Manhattan federal Judge Vernon Broderick issued an order Friday against Facebook and Mark Zuckerberg. He gave them until Monday to relinquish documents requested by Paul Ceglia's (SEHG'-lee-uhz) lawyer.
The judge rejected a request documents not be turned over until Ceglia is caught.
Documents requested include all electronic communications Zuckerberg had about a Ceglia contract in an 18-month stretch beginning in 2003.
Ceglia cut off his electronic ankle bracelet last month and fled. His wife, two children and dog also are missing. The family lived in Wellsville, 70 miles southeast of Buffalo.