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Posted 3 years ago in Internet Law by Keith Ecker  
California Clamps Down on Jurors Using Social Media

Jurors in California may want to leave their smartphones at home thanks to a new law passed earlier this year that bans jurors from accessing Twitter, Facebook or going online to receive or provide information about the trial. The new rule was enacted as a way to curb jurors from compromising a case. Legal experts say this rule was inevitable and will likely be adopted by other jurisdictions. “Non-sequestered jurors are exposed to more information in today’s world,” says Mitch …

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Posted 3 years ago in Crime Criminal Law by Keith Ecker  
Clementi Watched Roommates Twitter Feed

A computer analyst provided a glimpse into Rutgers University student Tyler Clementi’s final hours before he jumped to his death from the George Washington Bridge on Sept. 22, 2010. Clementi’s roommate, Dharun Ravi, faces 15 criminal charges for allegedly using a Webcam to secretly spy on Clementi as he engaged in intimate contact with another man. According to the expert witness, Clementi checked Ravi’s Twitter page 59 times over a 9-day period. Ravi had used Twitter to promote the live …

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Posted 3 years ago in Criminal Law by Keith Ecker  
Stupid Criminal Busted by Facebook Comments

Dustin McCombs heckled the law, and the law won. The young fugitive was wanted on forcible rape charges by the Jefferson County Sherriff’s Office in Alabama. Unable to locate McCombs, the authorities turned to social media, posting an image of McCombs on the department’s Facebook page. The first person to respond was McCombs himself. “and [sic] a good thing I moved out of state,” read McCombs post. The Sheriff’s Office immediately began engaging McCombs online, responding that it “doesn’t matter where …

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Posted 3 years ago in Divorce by Aaron Kase  
Divorce: There’s an App for That

In messy divorce cases, splitting spouses can present a wide array of documents and evidence to convince a judge to tilt the scales in their favor. Now, the ever-increasing popularity of smartphones means more and more people are carrying around veritable factories of evidence admissible before the court. A recent survey of divorce attorneys found that 92 percent of them have seen the use of smartphones increasing as evidence in divorce court over the last three years. The survey, conducted …

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Posted 3 years ago in Internet Law by Ada Kulesza  
Lawsuit Over Twitter Account Goes Forward

When an employee leaves a job, he hands over his company phone and empties his desk, but if he tries to take his customers with him, things can get litigious. So how do you define his Twitter account? A judge has ruled that a South Carolina-based company’s lawsuit against its former employee over this question can proceed. The suit calls a Twitter account just that – a customer list – and will set the precedent about who owns the Tweets. …

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