USE OF SOCIAL WEBSITES SUCH AS FACEBOOK IN CRIMINAL AND OTHER PROCEEDINGS

Increasingly, prosecutors as well as defense attorneys have resorted to using materials pulled from individuals’ Facebook and MySpace accounts as trial evidence. Such evidence is usually intended to negatively cast the character or reliability of an accused, a suspect, or a witness. Information posted on these interactive websites is admissible in court as any other electronic evidence and judges have found such evidence relevant and often convincing.

The following questions have been addressed in this article:

What are some other uses of social websites in legal proceedings?
Is information posted on social Websites admissible in court?
What is an example of such social networking materials being used in court?

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