Earlier this year, the realms of law and new media collided when Lori Drew was hit with federal charges for creating a fake My Space page and harassing a neighboring teenager, who then committed suicide. technology, prosecutors are reportedly searching Facebook and My Space for photos of defendants to use as character evidence in sentencing hearings.CNN reports that party photos and pictures of defendants drinking or looking unrepentant have resulted in harsher sentences for people charged in drunk driving accidents, with prosecutors presenting the incriminating pictures as evidence that the defendant lacked remorse.Sheâ€™s got that intangible thing that women have sometimes and thatâ€™s why people be mesmerized by her,” he says.
Yes, point blank she’s just a good person and when we broke up, it was one of these things where we just weren’t ready at that time.
One of the first things Common tackled were the alleged dating rumors involving Regina King.
When asked if the rumors about dating Regina King were true Common responded “Naw, I mean I love Regina King as an actress, and I think sheâ€™s a beautiful woman.
In the 20-year-old’s case, he was remorseful enough to drop out of college and write apologies to the victim and her family.
But the image of him sticking his tongue out at a party is far more likely to color a judge’s (or anyone’s) perception—a phenomenon that’s been proven by more than anecdotes.
Given that there’s no reason prosecutors can’t or won’t mine these sites for character evidence, technology is in essence handing these defendants a noose to hang themselves with.