We’ve been discussing the impact of social media on criminal trials and “due process” over the last few days, especially with respect to the Jodi Arias fiasco out in Arizona. We have thought it a difficult subject warranting further review.
But it appears the police have no doubts whatever about the “power” of social media, and think parents should warn their children about it:
Three students have been charged in connection with alleged bullying incidents at Greece Athena High School. Chief Patrick Phelan of the Greece Police Department made the announcement at a news conference Tuesday afternoon at police headquarters…The incident was then posted to Snapchat…”People should talk to their kids about social media and the power that it has,” Phelan said.
Maybe these charges would never have been brought but for the fact that the alleged culprits posted video on the internet.
Does that matter?