Internet Law

Tagging woman in Facebook post violates no-contact order, judge rules

A court order barring a woman from contacting another woman by “electronic or any other means” prohibited the subject from tagging the protected woman in a Facebook post, a New York judge has ruled.

Denying a motion to dismiss a criminal contempt case against Maria Gonzalez, acting Westchester County Supreme Court Justice Susan Capeci said the conduct, if proven, would violate the protective order, the New York Law Journal (sub. req.) reports.

A lawyer for Gonzalez argued that the court order didn’t specifically ban making contact via Facebook.

Gonzalez is accused of writing, in a link to the protected woman’s Facebook profile, “You and your family are sad … You guys have to come stronger than that!! I’m way over you guys but I guess not in ya agenda.”

The New York Law Journal (sub. req.) provides a copy of the Jan. 4 ruling.

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