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Editor: Gerry W. Beyer
Texas Tech Univ. School of Law

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Parents Sue Facebook Over Crime Scene Photos of Dead Daughter

Facebook Caroline Wimmer, 26, was discovered by her parents after she was murdered with a hairdryer cord. Paramedic Mark Musarella took pictures at the scene and posted them on Facebook. Musarella pled guilty to disorderly conduct, forfeited his EMT certification, and was ordered to complete 200 hours of community service.

Caroline’s parents are suing Facebook in an effort to recover the image and identify who downloaded it so they can prevent further dissemination. A Facebook spokesman says that the case is without merit and that Facebook will fight it vigorously. The couple is also suing Caroline’s murderer, Musarella, the city of New York, Fire Commissioner Salvatore J. Cassano, Richmond University Medical Center, and Greenleaf Arms Incorporated.

Caroline’s mother is also traveling to the state capitol to support pending legislation that would raise this type of offense to a Class E felony and enact harsher penalties for people like Musarella.

See Jordan Ossad, Parents Sue Over Facebook Photos of Dead Daughter, CNN, Mar. 29, 2011.

Special thanks to Jerry Cooper (author, Trust Advisor Blog) for bringing this to my attention.


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