Charged With a Crime? Better Check Your Facebook Pictures

July 22, 2008 – 03:29 pm

facebook Earlier this year, the realms of law and new media collided when Lori Drew was hit with federal charges for creating a fake MySpace page and harassing a neighboring teenager, who then committed suicide. In another case of courtrooms v. technology, prosecutors are reportedly searching Facebook and MySpace for photos of defendants to use as character evidence in sentencing hearings.

CNN reports that party photos and pictures of defendants drinking or looking unrepentant have resulted in harsher sentences for people charged in drunk driving accidents, with prosecutors presenting the incriminating pictures as evidence that the defendant lacked remorse.

In one instance, a prosecutor showed the court a Powerpoint presentation of party photos that had been posted on Facebook by a 20-year-old defendant after he nearly killed another driver in a three-car collision. The pictures depicted him at a Halloween party dressed as a prisoner in an orange jumpsuit labeled “Jail Bird.” The judge slammed him with a two-year jail sentence.

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Source: Reality Base

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Scum lords listed

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Been there, done that

2007-08-21 14:24:15 by Kitten3401

My reality:
the year 1996
the house: Bay Area (Morgan Hill)3200 sf. 4/3 on 1.7 acres hillside w/view of the valley. Before I go on there was the first house bought in '88 for 215K (nice, 2200 sf.,4/3, pool) sold in '91 for 325K to purchase Morgan Hill for 485K ARM)
1994 re-fi house, appriaser valued it at 485K. teaser rate ARM
1996 payments go up ($3200/mo was a lot at the time)
JOB LOSS
the house has to go, the market tanked. Foreclosure started. Ended up with a short sale (low balled: 350K ouch) large charge out and bankruptcy. Became Renters. Glad to be out from under the monthly nut stress. The mortgage was only part of the costs. Taxes, insurance, heat that monster, water(!) that landscape, not to mention vehicle repair - commutes etc.
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