Given that there’s no reason prosecutors can’t or won’t mine these sites for character evidence, technology is in essence handing these defendants a noose to hang themselves with.
Earlier this year, the realms of law and new media collided when Lori Drew was hit with federal charges for creating a fake My Space page and harassing a neighboring teenager, who then committed suicide. technology, prosecutors are reportedly searching Facebook and My Space 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.
A girl charged in a fatal drunken driving crash also had photos from her My Space page downloaded by prosecutors, who used them in their pre-sentencing report.
The pictures, posted after the crash, showed her holding a beer bottle and wearing a “a belt bearing plastic shot glasses.” Her sentence was more than five years.
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