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Editor: Colin Miller
Univ. of South Carolina School of Law

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Who Needs Informants When There is Facebook?

This story describes NYPD’s use of social media, like Facebook, to build cases against youthful offenders.  The strategy is surprisingly successful, according to the article, because “an online persona is a necessary component of social life for the young crew members.”

The part that grabbed my attention is:  “Facebook, officers like to say now, is the most reliable informer” – supporting my prognostication in this article -- Applying Crawford's Confrontation Right in a Digital Age, 45 Tex. Tech. L.Rev. 33 (2012) – that “Prosecutors of the future may have placards in their office that read, ‘Who needs informants, when there is Facebook?’”

- JB



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