When Social Media and the Law Collide
By: Ann S. Jacobs, President, Wisconsin Association for Justice
As a trial lawyer, my job is to fight for my clients both in court and outside. “Outside,” these days often means online as well. Hire me, or one of my colleagues, for our legal acumen and you’ll likely end up with a new Facebook friend.
My husband and I have had endless conversations with our teenage daughters about the perils of social media. “The Internet is forever,” is our mantra. Facebook just recently hit one billion users on a single day and that doesn’t even taken into account the dozens of other smaller, by comparison, social media websites. The kids, I suspect, get it. Adults I’m not so sure.
You should care about your online life because it can come back to haunt you. If you’re involved in a lawsuit, brace yourself for the inevitable subpoena demanding to review your postings. In March, a court ordered a rape victim to turn over every photograph, status update, or message she ever posted. The woman had sued claiming she had lost the “enjoyment of life.” Defense lawyers claimed her postings showed her engaging in various activities, like rock climbing, telling a different story. To continue reading
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