How to incriminate yourself on Facebook
A pair of petty criminals thought it would be a good idea to talk about killing judges on Facebook.
Two Maryland men have pleaded guilty to threatening the judges presiding over their respective cases. Zachary Mitchell and Justin Ferrell traded complaints about two Anne Arundel County judges in Facebook postings, reported The Baltimore Sun.
“I’ll hit ur judge and u hit mine lol,” Mitchell told Ferrell on Facebook, according to court documents.
Putting ‘lol’ at the end of a threat doesn’t make it ok guys...
The pair claimed they were just kidding, but the court was unconvinced. That might have had something to do with the fact that, according to a police informant, Mitchell allegedly tried to buy a gun for the ‘joke’ hit.
Mitchell and Ferrell were sentenced this week (3 December) to three years in prison for threatening to injure a state official.
These bright sparks are not the only criminals who have bragged about illegal activity online, which is why police regularly patrol social media sites.
Folklaw would like to remind anyone thinking of posting sensitive, incriminating or offensive material on social media that everything is public and can be accessed by authorities.
Remember, too, that not all your Facebook friends will keep your secrets. Folklaw’s friends list contains casual acquaintances, distant relatives and members of the opposite sex we once flirted with – hardly an appropriate audience for a confession of sins...