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Cyber-bullying proposals win support, raise legal questions

“Weeks after students in Pasco County filmed a vicious attack on a classmate and posted the video online, state lawmakers want to empower principals to better police cyber-bullying.

It might not be that easy.”

Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/2013/03/20/3297545/cyber-bullying-proposals-win-support.html#storylink=cpy

The Twit Who Tweeted

An Arkansas juror’s Tweets may have caused a mistrial in an otherwise open and shut first degree murder case.  Randy Franco, a juror on the murder trial of Erickson Dimas-Martinez, Tweeted such philosophical gems as “Choices to be made.  Hearts to be broken” and other classics on the horrible coffee in the courthouse.  These seemingly innocuous Tweets led the defendant to appeal his conviction on grounds of possible juror misconduct.  The State of Arkansas has countered that the evidence was overwhelming (there were multiple eye witnesses to the murder) and the jurors actions were not against any specific Court order.

The attached article indicates that the Arkansas Supreme Court, which heard the defendant’s appeal, is unlikely to reverse the lower courts’ rulings.  However, countless hours and tax payers’ dollars were spent on the defense of the underlying verdict, all because Juror Franco had an uncontrollable desire to tell the Twitter-verse how bad his coffee was.  Do incidents like this led to the conclusion that internet access should be banned in courtrooms?  Or should the court confiscate all forms of communication from the jurors during their service?  Or is this an example of the law falling seriously behind modern technology?  Should Tweeting or Facebook activity that doesn’t lead to gathering outside knowledge even qualify as possible juror misconduct?  The bottom line is that a juror’s insatiable need to inform the social media world of their daily activity may subject taxpayers to a drain of funds, defendants to a possible unfair trial and everyone reading the Tweets to hours of wasted time they’ll never get back.

Check out the article at: http://www.jdsupra.com/post/documentViewer.aspx?fid=7e3e1155-b121-4df3-8e91-eccc50c469f1

Facebook, Social Media and the New Frontier of Discovery in Divorce

A Connecticut Judge ordered two divorcing spouses to turn over their social networking passwords, including passwords to Facebook and dating websites.  This came about when the husband discovered his wife posted some “incriminating” passages regarding her feelings on and ability to care for their children.

The attached article from Forbes magazine online, also says that judges in personal injury cases have made similar rulings.  However, it would seem that Family Law courtrooms would be ground zero for these types of discovery requests.  Some courts willingness to grant these motions, and do so in such an overarching and general manner, illustrates just how dangerous divorces can become for you and your privacy.  Of course, it also illustrates what should now be common sense…anything you put on the internet will likely be seen by many more people than you think.  So, don’t for a minute believe a password can protect your privacy, because even if the law can’t get to it, a hacker surely can!