posted on Jul, 23 2009 @ 05:45 PM
I'll be watching the outcome of this most definitely.
I have Shared Custody of my child, and one of the most powerful allies and tools I have is my Facebook and MySpace Blog. I have a meager readership of
50,000 people, but that is more than enough to deter my Ex when she gets out of hand. When my daughter comes back from her mother's with inexplicable
bruises and the Police, Child Protective Services, and the Courts all turn a blind eye, I post it on my Blogs. Immediately, she stops hurting my
daughter. Every time she tries to pull a fast one on me at the suggestion of her lawyer, I post about it on my Blog and she backs off. Apparently the
threat of airing her dirty laundry to 50,000 people to read is enough to keep her in check.
I've discussed it many times with my own lawyer and with the Police and they've all agreed that so long as I don't mention her by name in my Blog I
am not committing any crime, or putting myself in a position where I would be liable in a civil suit.
Sometimes the system that is there to protect children fails them and you have to resort to whatever means you have to do so legally. To remove that
backs concerned parents and family into a corner where their only remediation on behalf of the children would be to resort to illegal means, which is
a situation where no one wins.
The argument of "contacting, assaulting, molesting, or otherwise interfering with [Martin and her two children] at home, on the street or elsewhere"
to include Online would and should only pertain if she were to go to their online Blogs and Profiles and posted there. Posting on your own Status or
Blog is not assaulting, molesting or otherwise interfering with anyone. Reading a person's Blog is a voluntary, not compulsory, activity. The reader
who browses to their Profile to view their Status or Blog is initiating contact and choosing to take liability for their own actions. Ever heard of
viewer discretion advised?
I hope the EFF takes up this case on her behalf (glad to know that the ACLU is already all over it). This cannot be allowed to stand and become a
Court Precedent. If there any Family Court Judges reading this, it might be prudent to file an Amicus with the Kent County Circuit Court.