Social Media in the Courtroom: A New Era for Criminal Justice?, 1st Edition

  • Thaddeus A. Hoffmeister
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  • ISBN-10: 1440830061
  • ISBN-13: 9781440830068
  • DDC: 347.73
  • Grade Level Range: 9th Grade - 12th Grade
  • 216 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2014 | Published/Released December 2014
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2014

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While social media has become embedded in our society as a way to stay connected with friends, it serves another important purpose: to support the prosecution and defense of criminal cases. Social media is now used as proof of a crime; further, social media has become a vehicle for criminal activity. How should the law respond to the issue of online predators, stalkers, and identity thieves? This book comprehensively examines the complex impacts of social media on the major players in the criminal justice system: private citizens, attorneys, law enforcement officials, and judges. It outlines the many ways social media affects the judicial process, citing numerous example cases that demonstrate the legal challenges; and examines the issue from all sides, including law enforcement's role, citizens' privacy issues, and the principles of the Fourth Amendment. The author also shines a critical spotlight on how social media has enabled new types of investigations previously unimagined-some of which present ethical problems.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
1: Individuals.
2: Crime Victims.
3: Virtual Deputies.
4: Criminal Defendants.
5: Jurors.
6: Law Enforcement.
7: Community Relations.
8: Prevention, Apprehension, and Investigation.
9: Attorneys.
10: Obtaining Social Media Information.
11: Using Social Media.
12: Ethical Implications of Using and Obtaining Social Media.
13: Judges.
14: Personal Use and Ethics.
15: Inside the Courtroom.
16: Admitting Social Media into Evidence.
Sample Preservation Request Letter (Law Enforcement).
Sample Preservation Request Letter (Defense Counsel).
Subpoena Point of Contact.
Model Instructions.
About the Author.