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Teen Proves Alibi Because of a Facebook Message

Facebook Status Message Proves Teen's Innocence

While some may consider frivolous Facebook status updates annoying, there's definitely one New York City teen who probably doesn't agree. He was recently arrested and charged with robbery, but charges were dropped once he was able to prove his alibi — via a Facebook status message. The teen claimed he was miles from the scene of the crime as it happened, but no one could corroborate the story. . .until his lawyer mentioned the Facebook status update, posted at the time of the robbery.

The district attorney subpoenaed Facebook to verify the computer's location at the time of the status update. When his IP address was revealed proving he was indeed miles away, the charges were dropped. With the increasing popularity of sharing (and oversharing) on social networking sites, I imagine we'll be hearing more and more stories like this. According to the article:

"'This is the first case that I’m aware of in which a Facebook update has been used as alibi evidence,' said John G. Browning, a lawyer in Dallas who studies social networking and the law. 'We are going to see more of that because of how prevalent social networking has become.'"

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So, add "proof of innocence" to the list of things Facebook can do for you. Though I can't help but be reminded of this story from a few months ago, when a Facebook poke landed a woman in jail. And how many times have we heard of a cheating spouse or partner getting busted via Facebook? It's about time someone's Facebook use proves their innocence!

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gigilgirl gigilgirl 7 years
SERIOUSLY. Social networking got me into a lot of trouble: ******** TO BE EXACT!
tarabara1229 tarabara1229 7 years
I do agree that facebook statuses aren't a foolproof alibi, but I think in this case, the kid is innocent. His status was an inside joke between him and his pregnant girlfriend about IHOP, and when he found out that he was suspected of the robbery, he even turned himself in because he confident of his innocence. Somehow he just doesn't seem like a mastermind who would've come up with a bogus alibi.
kscincotta kscincotta 7 years
I'm not sure about Facebook, but you can definitely "schedule" your Tweets ahead of time which would also make this a bogus alibi.
clairestrose clairestrose 7 years
I don't think that many people would plan that out, to be honest. When you're at that age and thinking of committing a crime, you think you're invincible, there's no way you're going to get caught. So why bother with a facebook alibi? It makes no sense. I think the post was something like "I want pancakes" or something equally ridiculous, though. Made me hungry.
KadBunny KadBunny 7 years
dexaholic's an expert! ;) Damn, and here I was excited to find a possible loophole for my next heist.
dexaholic dexaholic 7 years
Hmm... Just because the IP address was miles away, doesn't mean someone else couldn't have logged in to their account and made the update. What's to say that you couldn't get an accomplice to post a status update for you while you are out doing something shady?
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