Published February 20, 2010
I can be paranoid when it comes to my clients. Some (but certainly not most) criminal defendants have a way of snatching defeat from the jaws of victory via boneheaded moves (e.g, committing new offenses while on bond, failing drug tests, displaying obnoxious courtroom behavior, etc.). Part of my job as a criminal-defense lawyer is to protect clients from themselves. One thing I look out for is social-networking accounts (Facebook and MySpace in particular). Clients can hurt their cases by the information they place on social-networking sites. This is because police and prosecutors may be watching the clients’ online activities. But, despite the heartburn that Facebook and MySpace can give me, good is possible from these sites. Scott Ealy shares a story about how Facebook saved a client of his from an arrest warrant.