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Hurricane Matthew prompts Florida Supreme Court to tweet about emergency court closings for first time
Craig Waters, Public Information Officer, Florida Supreme Court
Nevada Supreme Court uses PSAs to try to woo potential jurors
The Nevada Supreme Court created some clever ways to persuade its residents to serve on juries. It runs 30-second public service announcements on local networks, YouTube, and social media. In one of their videos, the state Supreme Court spoofs David Letterman's Top 10 List. Chief District Judge David Barker, alongside Nevada Supreme Court Justice Mark Gibbons, reads a list of "top 10 actual excuses tried to get out of jury duty." The list includes "The dog ate my summons," "I'm a Libra," and "I have to take care of my baby Fi-Fi." Another video, "Extreme Jury Service" targets younger jurors. A man in his 20s is crossing items off his bucket list -- "Everest," "TWA Challenge," and "Jury Duty." The message of each video is clear -- "Jury service is vital for our community," says Justice Gibbons. "Participate in our jury and justice system."
Ballot selfies officially legal in New Hampshire
Young woman sues parents over embarrassing Facebook photos
An 18-year-old Austrian woman is suing her parents for posting hundreds of images of her without her consent. In an interview with the The Local Austria, the young woman said, "They knew no shame and no limit -- and didn't care whether it was a picture of me sitting on the toilet or lying naked in my cot -- every stage was photographed and then made public." The images were shared with her parents' 700 Facebook friends. The woman is seeking financial compensations and wants the images to be removed from the social media network. The case goes to an Austrian court in November. The father told news outlets that he has rights to the photos because he took them.
Student's violent tweets are not a crime
A Florida appeals court ruled late last month that a high school student's statement that he "can't WAIT to shoot up my school" does not constitute a criminal threat. A panel of three judges of the 2nd District Court of Appeal overturned a juvenile-delinquency ruling involving the student who sent the tweet in 2014. The court also "suggested that the Legislature might want to look at updating the state's law against violent threats -- originally approved in 1913 -- to account for growth of social media." The law was updated in 2010 to account for electronic communications, but because the law requires the threat to be sent to the person threatened, "the court ruled that it doesn't always apply to posts on social media."
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