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Monday, July 23, 2012

Kentucky TwitterWhen you look at the legal system today, one of the most hotly debated topics is social media.  It has opened up a Pandora’s Box of legal issues and questions.  At what point does social media become a platform for free speech and at what point can you get into trouble for what you say?  At what point does social media become a tool for law enforcement to find fugitives, and at what point does it become a liability for those who have had crimes committed against them?    For one Kentucky teenager this last question is one she is facing today.

Recently, a Kentucky teenager responded to her lack of confidence in the criminal justice system by posting something on Twitter.   In an act of defiance to show her displeasure in the courts decision to accept a plea bargain for two teens that molested and sexually assaulted her, this young girl posted the names of her attackers on Twitter.  The problem is that the judge had ordered her not to disclose the names of the offenders.  So now, this teenager who was the victim of the crime is potentially facing jail time for doing what she felt was the right thing.  How fair or unfair is this? 

Before you decide, you also need to understand that the boys who sexually assaulted her (she had passed out at a party when this happened) not only violated this girl physically, but also recorded the whole thing and posted it on the web to share with their friends.  According to the teenager, she felt the boy’s plea agreement was merely a “slap on the wrist.”  She was so displeased she felt the need to publically expose them for what they did, just as they had exposed her for something that she wished they hadn't. 

The young girl is sticking to her guns and standing behind her decision to do what she felt was right…even if it means jail time.  What do you think? Read the original article below.

Original article:  'Lock me up': teen faces jail for tweeting names of attackers