It's not a government case, but still an interesting issue relating to social media use in court cases. Recently, a federal judge in Illinois ruled that defense attorneys "cast too wide a net" in asking to see the Facebook archives of an accident victim and her family in a case filed by the family against the defendant truck driver. The defense argued that the social media content went to damages issues, including grief and mental suffering following the victim's death. While the court acknowledged that some of the social media content may be relevant, the request for all content going back to 2006 was too broad.
You can read more about the case in the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin here.
Post Authored by Julie Tappendorf