Key Insight: Court said that it was clear that the defendant?s name on a Facebook profile did not suffice to show that he authored the Facebook messages, but what did authenticate them were the ?peculiar circumstances? of the case, including a Facebook message that contained the same three digits of a phone number that was used to text victim and arrange a meeting at which the defendant was arrested. Court also found that the fact that the defendant went alone to an agreed location twice after the sender of text messages agreed to do so, with a phone in his possession that had the same number as had been used to communicate with the victim, was sufficient to authenticate that the defendant was the author of the text messages.
Nature of Case: Criminal
Electronic Data Involved: Social media (Facebook), Text Messages