U.S. Supreme Court takes on social media

Due to a recent case that involved a man serving nearly three years in prison for posting threats about his ex-wife on Facebook, the U.S. Supreme Court took a deeper look Monday into the threats posted through social media, and whether they hinge on First Amendment rights.

Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan is one of the justices who feels the standards that may be set  on social media threats are too low.
Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan is one of the justices who feels the standards that may be set on social media threats are too low.

Several of the justices could not agree to how far you can go to put a person in prison for those threats as you may not know what a person is going through mentally.

Blaming social media is a cop-out

When problems and major issues arise, it is easy to blame something or someone that is around, but not necessarily present. Social media receives too much blame for the problems in the world today.

St. Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCullough put the media under fire during his press conference, and social media did not take too kindly to him. (Photo via KSDK.)
St. Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCullough put the media under fire during his press conference, and social media did not take too kindly to him. (Photo via KSDK.)

St. Louis County Prosecutor Robert McCulloch attacked the media and “non-stop” social media during his 25 minute press conference Monday where he announced police officer Darren Wilson, who has since resigned, will not be tried for the death of Michael Brown.

Mr. McCulloch, how is it that you can attack outside sources if you and the jury can rule that there is no reason to even put Wilson on trial for Brown’s death? Obviously social media did not play that big of an impact, on you or the jury, for any action can occur. I respect the law, and respect this ruling, but blaming social media is unacceptable.

Social media posts alter jury selection

Social media can get you out of serving on a jury? Lawyers have the authority to go thru perspective jurors social media pages and investigate whether if a certain juror shows bias or favor towards certain views.

The Frank Crowley Courthouse in Dallas is one of the many who have started to see lawyers using social media as a mean of cutting jurors.
The Frank Crowley Courthouse in Dallas is one of the many who have started to see lawyers using social media as a mean of cutting jurors.

The American Bar Association sees no problem with this as long as their social media pages are public, so the only way lawyers are not able to view your pages are if they are set to private viewing. Lawyers are also not allowed to ‘friend’ or message you.