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Facebook Security Settings for Lawyers (and Their Families)

As much as lawyers want to use Facebook for advertising, a key concern is security for their “public” accounts… and their personal ones.  

This October 2011 article from the Palm Beach Bar Association explains, in step-by-step format, how to secure your Facebook accounts.

In light of the recent Facebook changes, however, you may need to do some further hunting to find some of these options.

CT Judge OK’s Facebook Joking Juror & Juror Facebook-friending

On October 5, 2011, a Connecticut federal court judge declined to order a new trial after the defendant in a tax evasion case learned that  (a) “Juror X” was posting on Facebook during trial that he “may get 2 hang someone… can’t wait” and “Guinness for lunch break” and (b) “Juror X” was Facebook-friending “Juror Y.”  

During an in camera evidentiary hearing, Juror X stated that the “hanging” comment was simply a joke and that he kept an open mind throughout the trial.  Likewise, he acknowledged that he Facebook-friended Juror Y but that they never have improper communications during the trial.

The order in United States v. Stavros M. Ganias is here.

Florida Adds New Teen (Anti) Sexting Law — Here Are All of the Official Documents

There has been a rush of news stories about Florida’s new anti-sexting law which went into effect October 1, 2011.  Unfortunately, much of the coverage is inconsistent:  for example, CNN describes the new law as “easing” the penalties for this type of lewd behavior. The Sun Sentinel/Palm Beach Post simply pointed out that the new law now specifically refers to “sexting” and makes it a crime (but doesn’t clarify that, previously, sexting was a crime with potentially harsher penalties under more general statutes).  

Historically, the bill was proposed in December 2010, voted on in the House and Senate without a single “nay” vote, and signed by the Governor in June.  The statute creates new law, Florida Statute 847.0146.  Few, if any, of the news reports provides the news statute number which hampers finding the original text.  As of this writing, Florida’s Online Sunshine is not updated with the new law.  In short, it is hard to find the new law.

But no worries…

a good summary of the SB is here.

The history of the bill(s) is here.

The House Bill Analysis is here (provides the background analysis of the bill).

And the bill/law is here.