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NCSC celebrating the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta
Supreme Court joining the digital age
Facebook—— a Target for discovery
A Florida state appellate court recently required a plaintiff to provide the defendant with photos she had posted on Facebook. According to the National Law Review, the plaintiff, Maria Nucci, sued Target Corp., alleging she slipped and fell in a Target store. During discovery, Target requested access to Nucci’s Facebook photos. The state trial court granted the request because photographs often provided courts with many of the facts that are necessary to decide personal injury cases. The judge in this case “reasoned that photographs posted on social media are neither privileged nor protected by a right of privacy, regardless of the user’s privacy settings.”
If you cannot attend a trial, Twitter gives you a unique alternative—Trial Tweets. During the three-week trial of Markus Kaarma, who was suspected of killing a 17-year-old man, NBC reporter Lauren Bradley typed nearly 900 tweets of what was happening inside the courtroom. Some people who followed the case from the beginning kept an eye on Twitter during the duration of the trial. Montana realtor Brint Wahlberg said, “Twitter gives me the notification of news reports [about the trial]...throughout the day. I really like it, because it is something that I’m allowed to get updates on immediately, instead of waiting for the 10 o’clock news.”
Tennesse courts are making a difference
Tennessee Courts recently displayed a good deed on their Twitter feed. Chief Justice Sharon Lee, Justice Cornelia Clark, and Justice Jeffrey Blivins helped pack food at the Tennessee War Memorial Auditorium earlier this month. Way to go team!
Social media tip of the month—act on feedback quickly
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