Peggy Wright reports:
A 41-year-old woman was admitted today into a special probation program and agreed to undergo a psychological evaluation to resolve a charge of creating a scathing Facebook profile in the name of a Parsippany police detective.
Without admitting to the charge of identity theft, Dana Thornton, formerly of Belleville, was accepted by Superior Court Judge David Ironson into Morris County’s Pre-Trial Intervention program for first-time offenders.
Thornton will be supervised on probation for 12 months. She must perform 50 hours of community service and submit to a psychological evaluation and follow any recommendations for counseling.
Read more on The Daily Record.
I can’t help but compare this case to the Dharun Ravi case. Both this woman and Ravi were first-time offenders. Both engaged in online conduct that could have made people feel embarrassed or harassed – or that could have harmed reputations.
One – the older one, who should presumably know better – gets probation. The younger one risks a 10-year prison term because his motivation wasn’t revenge for a personal break-up but presumably bias.
Does this seem equitable to you?