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Thursday, November 12, 2009

Facebook Alibi

When police arrested 19-year old Rodney Bradford for the commission of two crimes, Bradford vehemently denied the charges. Both his father and stepmother claimed the boy was home with them at the time, but the alibi which proved unshakable was his timely query, "Where's my pancakes?"

His defense attorney got records which showed someone had entered the question as Bradford's Status Update on Facebook at approximately the time the crimes were committed - someone using his user account, his password, and his father's computer located at the family's Harlem home. While cynical readers might think the DA could still argue someone did that specifically to create an alibi, it appears the Brooklyn DA isn't quite as bloodthirsty as those in the rest of the country: "He is not Dr. Evil."

This is believed to be the first time a social network profile has been used as an alibi. Many social network profiles have been used to locate and convict suspects, however.

© C Harris Lynn, 2009

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