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Thursday, November 12, 2009

Social networking saves man from being prosecuted


According to an article written by Damiano Beltrami at the New York Times website, 


http://www.nytimes.com/2009/11/12/nyregion/12facebook.html?ref=technology

 

a man named Rodney Bradford(pictured below)








 

was saved from being prosecuted for a robbery he could not have committed.A Brooklyn district attorney named Lindsay Gerdes,  had tried to prosecute  Mr. Bradford for  robbery, however, Mr. Bradford  was able to prove he was writing an entry on Facebook at the time the robbery.Rodney Bradford's Facebook entry at 11:49 am on October 17, was used by his defense lawyer Robert Reuland, to prove to the D.A. that Mr. Bradford could not have committed the crime, and once this fact was checked out by the  D.A., Rodney Bradford was cleared of all the charges.  What did Mr. Bradford write on his facebook account which saved him from being falsely thrown in jail, he wrote something in street slang asking where his pancakes were. According to a legal expert named  John G.Browning, this is the first time that a facebook update has been used as alibi evidence.

 

source of image:http://www.nytimes.com/2009/11/12/nyregion/12facebook.html?ref=technology

2 comments:

Benjamin Wright said...

Just as the Facebook update exonerated the teen, email metadata. contributed this week to the acquittal of two Bear Stearns hedge fund managers who were accused of fraud. -Ben

Wayne said...

Hi Benjamin,thank you for visiting my blog and for providing the link to the article you wrote concerning
Matthew Tannin and Ralph Cioffi. It is sad that some people in this world want to distort or even change the truth about a situation or happening, for whatever reasons they do!

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