Friday, November 30, 2012

Tweeted Photo of Sex Abuse Victim Leads To Arrests

Sexual abuse is one of the worst crimes imaginable.  Abusers and rapists prey on those who are vulnerable and some of the perpetrators may do so because there is a good chance they may never be caught.

According to the Bureau of Justice, between 1992 and 2000 only 36 percent of rapes, 34 percent of attempted rapes, and 26 percent of sexual assaults were reported. Therefore, it appears that the majority of of sexual abuse is not reported and those who commit these crimes are never prosecuted.

In a very troubling case in New York City, four men were arrested for allegedly using an iPhone to take a photo(s) of a sexual abuse victim who was testifying and then uploading the photo to Twitter.  It appears that the four men who were arrested may be supporters of the defendant in the case.  

This situation demonstrates the need for the court system to create a unified digital device policy for everyone who participates in criminal and civil proceedings.  I have blogged about related digital device issues over and over so my hope is that eventually the entire court system will become more aware of the potential danger of not creating reasonable social media and digital device policies.  

To learn more about these issues you may contact me at www.shearlaw.com.

Copyright 2012 by the Law Office of Bradley S. Shear, LLC. All rights reserved.  

New York City Jury: YouTube Promise Costs Rapper $1 Million Dollars

Earlier this week, a musician testified in a New York court proceeding that he reneged on a promise he made to pay the person who found his missing laptop $1 million dollars. What makes this promise interesting is that the musician (Ryan Leslie) made the promise via a YouTube video.   The New York Post reported that Mr. Leslie tweeted his video to gain as much attention for his missing laptop as possible in the hopes that it would be returned.


Yesterday, Mr. Leslie was ordered to pay the $1 million dollar reward that he refused to honor.  The bottom line is that while utilizing social media if you are prepared to talk the talk you better also be willing to walk the walk or in this case pay the piper.  

To learn more about these issues you may contact me at www.shearlaw.com.

Copyright 2012 by the Law Office of Bradley S. Shear, LLC. All rights reserved.