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Posted 1 year ago in Criminal Law Social Networks by Michele Bowman  
States Punish Web-Cruising Jurors

In keeping with other states that are punishing jurors for defying trial judges’ directions to stay away from social media during trials, a Kansas court on May 20 found a man guilty of criminal contempt for posting comments about a murder case for which he was serving as a juror.   Jail Time for the Crime Anceo Stovall was on trial in a Topeka court for felony murder and robbery, charged with shooting and killing an attorney and wounding another …

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Sex Predator Uses Internet Disguise to Victimize Girls

A Connecticut man who pretended to be a member of a popular boy band and used Skype to entice young girls into performing sex acts has been arrested and charged with a variety of sex crimes.   Boy Band Impostor Already reportedly a convicted sex offender, John Eastman, 45, was living with his mom in Waterbury, Conn., and using pictures and recordings of the band One Direction to primarily target girls aged 13 to 15. He would offer the girls …

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Posted 1 year ago in Divorce The Internet & The Law by Ed Alpern  
Don’t Vent on Facebook or Twitter during Divorce [Video]

  During a divorce, no good can come from bad-mouthing your spouse on Twitter or Facebook. Lawyers.com journalist Ed Alpern reports on how the tools of discovery in matrimonial cases have evolved. In the past, divorce attorneys gathered information using subpoenas for witnesses and documents. But now attorneys do a lot of investigation online. Divorce attorney Jacqueline Newman, a partner at Berkman, Bottger, Newman & Rodd in New York City, advises clients not to post anything on Facebook that they …

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“Harlem Shake” Artists Unlikely to Win a Copyright Suit [Radio]

  All news radio WTOP (103.5 FM and 107.7 FM) in Washington, D.C. interviewed Lawyers.com Editor-in-Chief Larry Bodine on Internet viral sensation the “Harlem Shake.” Read the WTOP article below. You can also listen to the radio interview in the accompanying audio podcast. ‘Harlem Shake’ artists unlikely to win copyright suit, lawyer says by Neal Augenstein, wtop.com WASHINGTON – Two recording artists whose music was sampled in the viral Internet hit “Harlem Shake” would likely not win if they took …

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Posted 2 years ago in Internet Law by Michele Bowman  
Don’t Get SLAPPed for Posting Your Opinions Online

The Internet offers a treasure trove of consumers’ opinions on everything from car tires to dentists. So it’s inevitable that freedom of expression would bump up against some limits. Lawsuits known as SLAPPs – for Strategic Limitation Against Public Participation – present a growing problem for freedom of speech on the Internet. While not everyone can avoid getting SLAPPed with a meritless yet expensive lawsuit, there are steps you can take to avoid it when you express your opinion online. …

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