(More) stupid things not to do on Facebook

facebook3.jpgTo add to the ever-growing list:

While waiting to be sentenced for your drunk driving conviction — and trying to convince the judge that you take the process seriously, that you are remorseful, and so on — do not post lots of pictures of yourself partying and drinking.

(You would think some things would be obvious, wouldn’t you?)

The CNN story has some interesting nuggets, like: “Santa Barbara defense lawyer Steve Balash said the day he met client Jessica Binkerd, a recent college graduate charged in a fatal drunken driving crash, he asked whether she had a MySpace page. When she said yes, he told her to take it down because he figured it might have pictures that cast her in a bad light.”

That sounds reasonable. If you’re a defense lawyer these days, and your client has a Facebook or MySpace page, you’re going to tell them to take it down, aren’t you?

(Query: Is it enough to merely set it to private? What if it’s a private page? Can the prosecutor send a friend request, and get access to the page? Seek a forwarded copy from the person’s friends?

For that matter, how do you prevent your friends from posting pictures of you to their Facebook pages? (That’s what happened in one of the cases in the CNN article.) Don’t go to parties while waiting for sentencing, I guess. Or if you are partying, don’t let anyone take your picture.)

Technology — a tool for inventing all sorts of brand-new bad ideas.

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4 Responses

  1. For that matter, how do you prevent your friends from posting pictures of you to their Facebook pages?

    I’ve found that the easiest way to keep people from posting pictures of me doing stupid things is to not do stupid things.

  2. Why is the defense lawyer telling CNN the advice he gave his (named) client?

  3. Jens says:

    “(Query: Is it enough to merely set it to private? What if it’s a private page? Can the prosecutor send a friend request, and get access to the page? Seek a forwarded copy from the person’s friends?”

    Or subpoena Facebook to forward a copy of the page …