New York Post – by Julia Marsh
Facebook users, beware: That tag you’re about to apply to a post may be used against you in court.
A New York woman faces a year in jail for violating an order of protection involving her former sister-in-law — because the violator linked the woman in a Facebook post that called her “stupid.”
Maria Gonzalez tried to argue that the protection order “did not specifically prohibit [her] from Facebook communication” with her former sister-in-law, Maribel Calderon.
Westchester County Supreme Court Justice Susan Capeci disagreed, writing, “The order of protection prohibited the defendant from contacting the protected party by electronic or any other means.”
The order against Gonzalez was related to her divorce from Calderon’s brother, Rafael Calderon.
Manhattan matrimonial attorney Michael Stutman, who isn’t part of the case, said the ruling proves his client adage: “Everything you post anywhere can possibly be used against you.”
Gonzalez called Calderon “stupid” in one post and said “you and your family are sad : (” in another.
Gonzalez’s attorney, Kim Frohlinger, said she would not appeal the ruling.
One thought on “Woman faces year in jail for tagging former in-law on Facebook”
Fakebook – never have, never will.
“Gonzalez called Calderon “stupid” in one post and said “you and your family are sad : (” in another.’
She’s the one that’s stupid. For posting on Fakebook to begin with.
Regardless, imprisoning someone for a YEAR (or ANY amount of time, for that matter) for merely calling someone stupid is ludicrous.
If it’s true, she should be given a chance to prove her case in court. I can only see it being libel if the woman isn’t stupid as claimed. 🙄