Friday, October 23, 2009

Indiana Supreme Court Affirms Use Of MySpace Page As Evidence In Murder Conviction

In Ian Clark v. State of Indiana (No. 43S00-0810-CR-575), the Indiana Supreme Court affirmed a murder conviction and reviewed whether the defendant's MySpace page was admissible evidence.  The court stated:
A jury found appellant Ian J. Clark guilty of murdering a two-year-old left in his care, and it recommended life in prison without parole, which the trial court imposed. Many of the grounds he urges as reasons for reversal were not preserved at trial. One of his trial objections does pose a novel question: should the trial court have permitted the State to offer into evidence Clark’s entry from the social networking website MySpace? We hold that this electronic evidence was admissible, and we affirm Clark’s conviction and sentence.


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