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The Legal Perils of Memorializing Countless Details of Your Life

The blog has an interesting post showing one more example of how the rise of social media -- in this case Twitter and a method of uploading photos to the web called "TwitPic" -- can influence legal cases. The matter discussed by involves none other than Paris Hilton, who appears in legal blogs surprisingly often for someone who doesn't seem to do much other than party.

In this case, Omar Ha-Redeye writes that Hilton was recently charged with felony drug possession after she was allegedly found to be in possession of 0.8 grams of cocaine when a car driven by her boyfriend Cy Waits was pulled over. Hilton quickly claimed that the neither the drugs nor the purse in which it was found were hers ("even though she acknowledged ownership of her asthma medication, credit cards and $1,300 in cash also found inside the purse" -- go figure). Hilton claimed she was carrying the purse (pictured below courtesy of TMZ) for a friend:


Which leads us to the "Incrimination by TwitPic," as Ha-Redeye puts it. It turns out that one month before her arrest, Hilton tweeted, "Love My New Chanel Purse I got Today. :)" (happy face emoticon in original) and she included a photo (below) of the beloved purse that a cynic might say looks just like the purse in which the cocaine was found. Doh!!!

It remains to be seen if the TwitPic will have any effect on Hilton's possession case, but the episode is an interesting reminder that memorializing so many details of your life may be used against you down the road.

Posted by Bruce Carton on September 8, 2010 at 12:19 PM | Permalink | Comments (1)


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