By: Victor Li
Two Minnesota prosecutors are in hot water after posting derogatory messages about jurors on Facebook.
According to the Brainerd Dispatch and KFGO-790 in Fargo, North Dakota, the two prosecuting attorneys for the Clay County Attorney’s Office have been disciplined. KFGO-790 reports that the remarks were made in reference to a jury that had recently acquitted a defendant accused of sexual misconduct. Prosecutor Pam Harris had posted on her Facebook page that she was “spending her week with 12 idiots,” prompting prosecutor Jenny Samarzja to post: “A shining moment for Clay County! Wake up people!” (Harris also made reference to Helen Gamble, the prosecutor played by Lara Flynn Boyle on ABC’s The Practice—presumably for the episode in which she goes off on jurors after an acquittal and calls them “too stupid to get out of jury duty.”) Read the rest of this entry »
By: Blake Ellis
When people die, it often means the end of their online identity as well.
But this month, Delaware became the first state to pass a broad law giving heirs the right to access online accounts and digital assets of someone who has passed away.
Under the new law, which went into effect last week, the executor of the estate has access to their “digital assets such as email, cloud storage, social media accounts, health records, content licenses, databases and more,” according to a statement from the Delaware House Democrats. Read the rest of this entry »
By: Ingrid Lunden
Some developments around the class action suit filed against Facebook in Europeearlier this month over alleged privacy violations: the Austria-based Europe vs Facebook group organising the suit says that the Vienna Regional Court, where the suit was filed, has reviewed the case and has now given Facebook Ireland four weeks to respond. Ireland is the HQ for Facebook’s international operations, which cover over 80% of its users,
The news comes as some 60,000 people have now signed up to the suit, 25,000 of which have assigned their claims to join the class action, and 35,000 of which have registered to assign their claims when and if the suit widens to cover more users. Read the rest of this entry »
By: Oshrat Carmiel and Chris Dolmetsch
Subway Inn, the 77-year-old Manhattan bar facing eviction, will survive for at least one more week.
New York City Civil Court Judge Lynn R. Kotler signed an order this week stopping World-Wide Group, the landlord of the East 60th Street building where the bar is located, from evicting the watering hole pending an Aug. 27 hearing.
The Salinas family, the tavern’s owner, has mounted a campaign to save the establishment, a New York City institution that kept its dive-bar atmosphere amid gleaming office towers on the Upper East Side. The family, in a post on its Facebook page yesterday, expressed “immense gratitude” to New Yorkers who fought to save the inn. Read the rest of this entry »
An Indiana woman says she was conned out of $150,000 after falling for a person whose online photo looked just like Montana Attorney General Tim Fox.
The attorney general’s picture, apparently taken from a Facebook page used in his campaign, was used by the scammer to create a fake profile on a dating website, report the Associated Press and MTN News. Read the rest of this entry »
By: Debra Cassens Weiss
Facebook is contesting the Manhattan District’s Attorney’s right to obtain Facebook information for 381 people, though a judge already forced the social network to release the information.
Facebook filed an appeal last Friday, and documents in the case were unsealed on Wednesday, report theNew York Times and a Facebook statement. Prosecutors say the information helped in their cases against more than 130 police officers, firefighters and other government workers accused of collecting disability benefits. Read the rest of this entry »
By Martha Neil
A Minnesota man effectively updated his Facebook status to “busted” after he logged into his account while burglarizing a St. Paul home and left the page open, police say.
Nicholas Steven Wig, 26, was charged with burglary and jailed after resident James Wood arrived home last week, found the place in disarray with someone else’s wet clothes on the floor and discovered that items were missing, according to CNN and the Pioneer Press. Read the rest of this entry »