Facebook and Twitter have taken the world by storm. Not only do hundreds of millions of people around the world visit these sites every single day but now Facebook is being used in the court of law to help solve a case.
Here is a recap of the situation.
In Nashville, Tennessee, a young woman visited the Coyote Ugly bar, the bar made more popular by the film released with the same name, to celebrate her friend’s 21st birthday. In the same way the movie portrayed beautiful bartenders climbing on top of the bar to dance and pour shots, that night the bartenders were doing their usual bar-dancing routine and bringing up attractive female patrons.
This young woman who was out with friends celebrating attempted to climb up and participate in the festivities but on her way up she lost her balance and slipped. She was seriously injured in the fall, fracturing her skull, suffering a brain hemorrhage, and losing her sense of smell.
The woman claims that more should have been done by the Coyote Ugly bar to prevent this type of accident from taking place. Coyote Ugly battled back by stating that the young woman had been to her fair share of bars and should have known that there were certain risks associated with climbing up onto the bar or doing various physical activities after drinking.
This is where Facebook comes into play.
Coyote Ugly requested that the young woman who suffered the fall at the bar and her friends who were there with her submit their Facebook accounts to be reviewed in court. The defendant wanted to prove that these young women have been out to bars and have been intoxicated enough to know what they are and are not capable of doing.
Their pictures, statuses, and comments would be under review. The women declined to turn their account information over, forcing Coyote Ugly to subpoena Facebook to retrieve the profiles. Facebook also denied the request of the court based on the Stored Communications Act. The women’s Facebook pages were their property and in order for the court to force them to turn the information over they would need to be issued a warrant not a subpoena.
Eventually, the women agreed to turn over their accounts in order to help the case progress, and this is where we stand right now. Currently, both sides are studying the accounts to find information that can be useful in defending or arguing the case.