Posts Tagged 'social media'

Not So Criminal Mind: 1st Lady Tax Fraud

A series on anti-social media criminals Every little girl dreams of being a princess, queen, royalty or First Lady…...and some can even make their dreams a reality. Of sorts. This social media savvy criminal, Rashia Wilson, most definitely believed she had achieved this - as the self-proclaimed [...]

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A History of Social Media Evidence

State of Connecticut v. Eleck [2011] Unique Rules of Evidence for Digital Content? In this landmark case, it was established that a printout of social media evidence was deemed inadmissible, and the court established that while social media evidence does not require new rules of [...]

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Facebook Circumstantial Evidence

Commonwealth v. Banas [2014] A History of Social Media Evidence: Facebook Circumstantial Evidence In this relatively recent case, the admissibility of social media evidence was disputed when the defendant was convicted of larceny, and during the original trial a screenshot from his Facebook [...]

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Social Media Evidence v Privacy Limitations

Nucci v. Target Corp [2015]  If a photograph is worth a thousand words, there is no better portrayal of what an individual’s life was like than those photographs the individual has chosen to share through social media before the occurrence of an accident causing injury. Such photographs are [...]

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In-court Testimony v. Online Evidence

People v. Franco [2009] In this instance of vehicular manslaughter, MySpace and Facebook posts were used to contradict in-court testimony; highlighting the increasing due regard, weight and importance given to authentic social media content in the courts. The jury convicted the defendant of [...]

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eDiscovery Costs: Social Media Evidence

eDiscovery costs soar to $90,000 in Social Media Evidence Case The recent tort case of Federico v. Lincoln Military House (regarding mould and related injuries in a military housing facility) discussed the proportionality of social media content to be disclosed during discovery - and highlighted [...]

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Inadmissibility of Social Media Printouts

United States v. Vayner 2014 2014 was a landmark year in establishing the admissibility and stance of screenshots and printouts of social media in litigation, with one of the more notable examples of this being the evaluation of a printout from the Russian equivalent of Facebook (VK.com) in United [...]

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Cybercrime Update: Instascamming

The Insta-Scam (and Instaspam components)  is a relatively new cyber scam operated on social media and targeting users on mediums such as Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. The Traditional Insta-Scam Scammers post pictures on social media of free items, giveaways and high-end brands, encouraging [...]

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Cybercrime Update: CatPhishing

Ways to Protect Yourself Online from "Crooked Sweethearts" Catphishing (or “Catfishing”) is a “romance scam” and form of fraud, highly popularised by the use of social media networks, online chat forums and documentary-turned television series by the same name. The term “catfish” was [...]

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Spoliation Sanctions: Social Media Clean Up

Lester v. Allied Concrete [2014] In this rare instance, Virginia State fined an attorney $522,000 in spoliation sanctions for advising his client to “clean up” his Facebook account during litigation proceedings; deeming it to be the largest eDiscovery spoliation sanction to that point. A [...]

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