Kendall Coffey

Attorney, Legal Analyst

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MYSPACE SUICIDE
The Megan Meier case

Electronic Evidence Introduced From Social Networking Site

What You Post Could Hurt You The Most

Law enforcement officials have in recent years looked to social networking sites and Internet service providers for evidence in prosecuting criminal cases such as murder and assault.

In the case of Ian Clark who was convicted of murdering his fiancee's 2 year-old daughter, the Indiana Supreme Court ruled that prosecutors could properly introduce electronic entries from the accused murderer's MySpace page as evidence against him. In the October 15 opinion, the Court wrote that Clark's postings were statements about himself and in reference to himself and the "State is right to observe that this is solely evidence of his own statements, not of prior criminal acts." The Court observed that Clark's statements addressed the issue already introduced at trial — that his character was of a reckless drunk.