Sunday, February 19, 2012

Do Not Friend Request in Court

Yet another example this week of why it is imperative to remember what you put up on Facebook could also be used against you – even in court.

Twenty-nine year old Jacob Jack, a juror in a Florida trial, thought it would be a good idea to "friend request" the defendant. 

The female defendant immediately alerted her attorney and Jack was dismissed from the case.  But it doesn’t end there – he went on Facebook and said “Score … I got dismissed!! Apparently they frown upon sending a friend request to the defendant … haha.” He was jailed for three days on a misdemeanor. 

Here’s the bottom line- this isn’t the first, nor will it be the last example of burning yourself on Facebook.  Facebook is a treasure trove for evidence across the board.

Let’s recall some notable stats:
·      Facebook is cited in 1 out of every 5 U.S. divorces
·      Looking for a job? 91% of employers use social media – Facebook leads all sites by 76%
·      24% of College admissions use Facebook – in other words drop the drinking photos!

So in short, this is another friendly reminder to rethink what you post! 

Statistics courtesy of Loyola University Health System, AAML, Reppler, Kaplan

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