Recentlya 19 year old boy was saved from being wrongfully convicted of a crimehe didn’t commit, by a very unlikely source – Facebook. In fact as thestory goes, Rodney Bradford updated his Facebookpage, at 11:49 a.m. on Oct. 17. The words were typed from a computer inhis father’s apartment in Harlem. The next day, Mr. Bradford wasarrested as a suspect in a robbery at the Farragut Houses in Brooklyn,where he lives.
- In Santa Barbara, CA, 2007, Jessica Binkerd was driving under the influence the resulting car crash killed her passenger. She and her defense attorney were hoping for probation. The prosecutor produced photos from Jessica’s MySpace page showing her partying with friends and wearing an outfit with a liquor company’s T-shirt and bandoleers of shot glasses. The judge was convinced that she had shown no remorse for the tragedy and sentenced her to 5 years and 4 months in prison.
- In Santa Barbara, CA, 2007, Jessica’s incident was followed closely by Laura Buys, in a near identical case. Where a picture of her drinking wine and posting drinking stories resulted in convincing the judge that she also had no remorse. She was sentenced to 5 years.
- In Martinsburg, Pa., Jonathan Parker, 19, was charged with one count of felony daytime burglary. In this, slightly more interesting case. Mr. Parker apparently paused while in the house to stop and check his Facebook account while on the victim’s computer. Unfortunately, he forgot to log out before leaving the house.
- In Ind., Defendant Ian Clark was found guilty of murdering a two year old girl. In support of the prosecutions claim that Mr. Clark committed the crime, evidence was introduced of his self statement on MySpace. “Society labels me as an outlaw and criminal and sees more and more everyday how many of the people, while growing up, and those who judge me, are dishonest and dishonorable. Note, in one aspect I’m glad to say I have helped you people in my past who have done something and achieved on the other hand, I’m sad to see so many people who have nowhere. To those people I say, if I can do it and get away. B … sh…. And with all my obstacles, why the f … can’t you.” Although he appealed, the courts found that the character evidence was admissible.