21 Jul '11, 10am
A thought provoking post on relying on social media evidence: Was the gang rape charge reduced because of a blog post?
Should our online personality be the basis of a character assessment in the courtroom? By Robin Ann Rheaume I have a confession: my rabbit has a Facebook account and she lied about her age to get it (she’s only 3). And while she spends a fair amount of time talking about world domination, I’m here to tell you that she’s not really like that. She talks a good game but she’s just not as tough as she makes out. In fairness, neither am I. I try to keep my fears, angers, frustration and sadness under wraps. I try to be my better self. But don’t we all, in some small way, try to project the person we want to be – the person we want to be seen as – rather that the somewhat less polished truth? Don’t we Photoshop our personalities? The law doesn’t seem to think so. Increasingly, information pulled from social networks is being used as evidence in court cases. Fair enough – it can ...