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  •  It is a CHILD. (3+ / 0-)
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    Deep Texan, elmo, Tonedevil

    Revealing the name of a juvenile who has been charged, arrested, taken into custody, and beyond is a class 4 misdemeanor specifically listed in the Ohio statutes.

    Spreading the name is not only unethical and indecent, doing this is a violation of Ohio law. I'm not outraged that the tweet appears here, rather I'm astonished that people try to rationalize posting the names of juveniles to the public just because of emotional outrage. And use the same emotional outrage to rail against anyone who reveals the name of the victim.

    The law is very clear. Revealing the name of any juvenile is not permitted. Period. Even if no law is violated, it's still eually unethical and indecent. A juvenile is everyone under 18 years old. Nothing else matters.

    The original message isn't at play here. Posting multiple copies of the message or the content of the message that reveals the name is a problem. Posting it to the public is worse. Posting it to a worldwide audience is seriously stupid. IMO, this is just as stupid as the idiots who posted the hate in Ohio.

    Contrary to claims by those who assume they know everything, Twitter messages are not in the public domain. They belong to twitter.com (the business). Twitter allows anyone to view, copy, and resend  messages. Nobody is granted legal immunity from violations of any law.

    She revealed her own name. This doesn't grant you a license to reveal her name to others. It's not ok because she outed herself.

    Of course there are always those who complain about getting speeding tickets and argue that my advice to not speed is ridiculous because everybody speeds.

    I think that's what's happening here.

    So I'll let it be for now. But I'll still be here to annoy others about this the next time.

    "Never wrestle with a pig: you get dirty and the pig enjoys it"

    by GrumpyOldGeek on Tue Mar 19, 2013 at 02:19:59 AM PDT

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    •  She revealed her own name. (0+ / 0-)

      Why is this so hard to understand? Who gives a shit if she's a teenager? Now she'll be properly prosecuted and publicly shamed.

      I like to hide mine in the crack of a turkey.

      by DoobyOne on Tue Mar 19, 2013 at 09:56:03 AM PDT

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