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Facebook “likes” result in contempt charges in Pennsylvania case

A Pennsylvania man is facing contempt charges this week after “liking” photos on a Facebook page in violation of a no-contact order. The petitioner in the restraining order case had claimed that Bellanco had been stalking and harassing her and had  “threatened to shoot her knee cap to watch her suffer,” according to the Times-Leader out of northern …

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Supreme Court issues decision in Facebook threats case

The Supreme Court issued a decision today in a case we discussed back in December regarding a man convicted for making threatening statements on Facebook. To recap, the case involved Pennsylvania man Anthony Elonis, who was arrested and charged with violating 18 U.S.C. § 875(c) for making threatening and violent statements in the form of rap …

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Ohio court rules Facebook profile information is admissible evidence

In a case that highlights the increasing relevance of social media to the practice of law, Ohio’s 6th District Court of Appeals ruled this month that the use of a Facebook profile picture to identify the perpetrator of a crime was permissible under the Ohio Rules of Evidence. The case involved Traquawn Gibson, who was convicted of …

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Court allows service via Facebook

A New York judge has ruled that a woman can serve her husband with divorce papers via Facebook, the Associated Press reports. In a relatively novel move that notes the prevalence of social media as a communication tool, Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Matthew Cooper, gave Ellanora Baidoo permission to serve her husband with the divorce summons via …

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