Social Networking Plays a Role in Sentencing

I had read about the use of social networking during discovery, particularly defense attorneys looking for Facebook and other social networking postings that contradict the plaintiff’s claims but I didn’t know that social networking was also playing a role in the sentencing of defendants as well.

This article explains that it can both help and hinder the defendant’s cause and they cite a recent case where a defendant’s claims of contrition were undercut by postings on her MySpace page to the contrary.  However, the article goes on to show that a defendant’s message to his Facebook friends asking them to submit character references on his behalf to the judge.   Did it work?  The man did receive a prison sentence two years shy of the federal guidelines.

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