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NJ Judge: Case of Fake Facebook Profile Can Proceed

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A case of 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.

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