The Wrong Facebook Comment Can Ruin Your Life

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Fri, Feb 14th, 2014 12:00 by capnasty NEWS

Craig Malisow of the Dallas Observer chronicles what happened to Justin Carter who, after posting a "sarcastic comment on a Facebook thread, his life began to unravel." While understandable that authorities took his posts seriously, the problem is that the condemning evidence is "three comments on a cell-phone screenshot".

"They found no guns in his house," Flanary says from his San Antonio office. "They found no bomb-making materials." He follows this up with a dash of sarcasm that's not a far stretch from the rhetorical flourishes that put his client in peril: "They didn't find The Anarchist Cookbook. ... They didn't find, you know, a bunch of newspaper clippings on the wall — conspiracy theories, with yarn from one place to another. They didn't find pentagrams and candles. He wasn't listening to Judas Priest."

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