Wednesday, September 28, 2011

"Friend of the Court" takes on a whole new meaning

Posted By on Wed, Sep 28, 2011 at 3:53 PM

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For this journalist, a certain prominent online social media platform officially jumped the shark at 1:49 p.m. today when an email with the following subject line hit my inbox:

Fulton Superior Court wants to be friends on Facebook

Is it just me, or is that a little creepy? Why, yes, I'd love to be friends with a faceless legal venue that holds the authority to adjudicate criminal and civil cases for my jurisdiction.

So, if I decline this invitation, am I running the risk that a slighted judge might issue a bench warrant for my ass? "I am holding you in contempt for not 'liking' this court. Next case!"

How soon before we see texted court rulings? "IMO, defndnt is glty and hereby ordrd to perform 60 hrs cmunity service and pay $400 rstitution. LOL!"

I just noticed that at least six people have befriended the court in the time it's taken me to write this post.

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