In trouble? Authorities may check your social media status.


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Bad boys, bad boys, whatcha gonna do? Whatcha gonna do when they come for you?


Check this story from The New York Times:

In the hours leading up to the crime, Kayla Henriques, 18, was feuding on Facebook with a friend, Kamisha Richards, 22. The focal point of the argument was a misspent $20, which Ms. Richards had apparently lent to Ms. Henriques for baby food and diapers. In a public exchange of messages on Facebook, Ms. Richards told Ms. Henriques at one point that she would have the last laugh. Ms. Henriques replied, “We will see.”

Ms. Henriques was later charged with murdering Ms. Richards.

Though social media postings have emerged only recently as an element of prosecutions, those in the legal arena are fast learning that Facebook, MySpace and Twitter can help to pin down the whereabouts of suspects and shed light on motives.

And online postings can help prosecutors establish a level of intent, or even premeditation, in sometimes crucial components of crimes. In Arizona, the man charged in a shooting rampage focused on Representative Gabrielle Giffords posted a message on his MySpace profile saying, “Goodbye friends,” hours before the shooting, a note that prosecutors may use as evidence of premeditation.

In a case two years ago, federal investigators learned that a suspect in a South Carolina bank robbery had logged on to his MySpace account to post that he was “On tha run for robbin a bank Love all of yall,” according to a statement from the Justice Department.

Read the entire article, by Joseph Goldstein, here.

And don't think car insurance companies aren't doing the same thing. So, put that damn cell phone down and drive.

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