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Are there any exapmles of online posts being introduced in a SD case?

Discussion in 'Legal' started by Green Lantern, Oct 12, 2006.

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  1. Green Lantern

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    Just wondering, though I'm (generally :p )not going to type anything I wouldn't speak in public...

    But are there any cases like a self-defense shooting where the DA or "ambulance chasers" actually got ahold of a gun owners computer or ISP info and took info from places like this to use in a case?

    Or for that matter, if there was something that would help, has a defense lawyer used online material as "evidence?"

    Honestly, the idea seems pretty far-fetched to me, but I've been proven wrong before! :what:
     
  2. Justin

    Justin Moderator Staff Member

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    There have been a number of cases and high-profile incidents where the perpetrator's myspace or friendster accounts were found and publically vented.

    Jeff White has talked about the possibility of stuff like internet forum posts being introduced in court.

    And then, of course, there's the whole Mark Foley scandal...
     
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    I think that you just have to know where the line is, so that you don't cross it. Most people on here know what is ok to post, and what is definitely not 'The High Road' or not advised to discuss.

    :evil:
     
  4. Green Lantern

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    I thought about Foley, but wasn't he more or less having cybersex with kids? Since lewd e-mails were the issue, of course they would get ahold of his computer. It's a given in any situation like that.

    A SD situation, not so sure...

    Still, better safe than sorry eh?
     
  5. MillCreek

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    As I have posted before here, and some others who work in the law also do, it is increasingly routine in civil suits to ask under oath about online posts, chat transcripts or blogs pertinent to the issue being litigated. We then subpoena that material to see how it pertains to the case. Where I have found it useful is when the other party testifies under oath at a deposition, but the online posts directly contravene his/her testimony. Perjuring yourself generally does not help your case. I was one of the first people in this area to start doing this, and more and more people are now doing so.

    I know nothing about this concept in criminal or self-defense cases, but there is no reason that a savvy lawyer cannot do the same in those cases.
     
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    Internet privacy is almost nonexistent. Anything is possible.
     
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    here

    I live in Fredericksburg VA, We had a young man stabbed to death at a party. The my space postings of some of the young men initially charged played a role in the charge they initially faced that were later dropped
     
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