October 16, 2009
MySpace Post Admitted Over Objection
Not strictly a legal profession case, but of possible interest is a decision from the Indiana Supreme Court affirming a conviction for the murder of a two-year old child. The defendant had testified in his own defense and was cross-examined about his MySpace self-descrition:
Society labels me an outlaw and criminal and sees more and more everyday how many of the people, while growing up, and those who judge me, are dishonest and dishonorable. Note, in one aspect I'm glad to say I have helped you people in my past who habe done something and achieved on the other hand, I'm sad to see so many people who have nowhere. To those people I say, if you can't do it and get away. B...shit..And with all my obstacles, the the f...can't you.
The court concluded that the trial court had not abused its discretion in admitting the post. (Mike Frisch)
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