Judge Says Facebook Case Can Proceed
A case breaking up in the Internet age is going to move forward in a New Jersey courtroom. A judge in Morristown declined Wednesday to dismiss the case against a woman accused of creating a fake Facebook profile about her ex-boyfriend.
The Morris County Prosecutor’s Office indicted Dana Thornton last year on one count of fourth-degree identity theft, a crime punishable by a maximum of 18 months in jail. Attorney Richard Roberts had argued the law — as it exists — doesn’t apply to electronic communications.
Prosecutors said the law should apply because the victim’s reputation was damaged. The 41-year-old Belleville resident’s former boyfriend is a police detective in Parsippany.
The state Senate is considering an amendment that would include Internet impersonation.