Aug 022010
 
 August 2, 2010  Non-U.S., Online

A case in Australia reminds us of the importance of First Amendment protections that exist here, even for tasteless conduct.

Sophie Elsworth reports:

A magistrate has warned online trolls the “heavy hand of the law will come down on you” if disturbing material is posted on social networking sites.

Jessica Chantelle Cook, 22, pleaded guilty in the Gympie Magistrates Court today to one count of using a carriage service to menace, harass or cause offence, The Courier-Mail reports.

The Gympie shop assistant was charged by police in July after she posted hateful comments and crude photographs on a Facebook tribute page set up in the memory of slain Sunshine Coast woman Justine Jones.

Ms Jones, 22, from Alexandra Headland, was murdered last month and her body was found dumped at the Nambour rubbish tip.

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