Facebook Video Reveals Student's Assault at a Prince George's County High School

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Advancing technology and popular social networking sites such as Facebook have opened up a whole new world in the criminal justice system. Previously unheard of computer crimes, such as teen sexting and cyber-bullying, are becoming commonplace. Video sharing sites have seen exponential growth not only in family videos, but also in videos of "pranks" and other criminal activity. Every Maryland criminal attorney has seen a case where video evidence makes up the bulk of the prosecution's case. When such a video goes viral, the general public sees that evidence as well, possibly making it more difficult to find an unbiased jury if a case goes to trial. Social media sites have made it easy for teens to post video of their antics, not realizing the consequences of documenting potentially criminal behavior and broadcasting it worldwide over the internet.

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