Rodney Bradford, 19, was accused of a robbery at the Farragut Houses in Brooklyn.
His defense Lawyer, Robert Reuland was able to contact Facebook, what Bradford says he was doing at the time of the robbery.
Facebook was able to verify that Bradford’s status update: “Where are my pancakes?” at 11:49 a.m. on Oct. 17, came from a computer at an apartment at 71 West 118 Street in Manhattan, which is the home of Bradford’s father.
When this was confirmed, the charges were dropped.
“This is the first case that I’m aware of in which a Facebook update has been used as alibi evidence,” said John G. Browning, a lawyer in Dallas.
Social networking sites seem to serve more than one purpose, other than networking.
Mr. Browning had a burglary case in September in PA, where the burglar used the victim’s computer and forgot to log off. Law officials were then able to track the burglar down.
Online sites have also helped civil cases such as divorce, where it became evidence of cheating.
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