i would like to get a copy of text messages from a phone on my account for court purposes
Have the courts supeona it. They can only go back 3 weeks.
If the messages are still on the phone and you have the compatible OS, you can download a SMS Backup application from the Play Store and get those messages backed up into a printable format.
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