Did Court Order Ban Facebook ‘Poke’?

Posted Oct 13, 2009, 05:49 pm CDT
By Martha Neil

When Shannon Jackson was told she couldn’t contact another woman in Tennessee, she apparently may not have realized that the court order included a virtual “poke” on Facebook.

Now she does. The 36-year-old woman has been arrested and charged with violating a Sumner County General Sessions Court protective order that called for her to refrain from “no telephoning, contacting or otherwise communicating with the petitioner,” reports the Hendersonville Star News.

Although Jackson’s lawyer, lawyer, Lawren Lassiter, tells ABC News that his client was shocked by the charge, residential fellow Ryan Calo of Stanford Law School’s Center for Internet & Society says a virtual contact on the social networking site should indeed fall within the coverage of the protective order.

“A poke is a very deliberate action,” he tells the network. “You have to select the person and say, ‘this is what I want to do.'”

If convicted of the misdemeanor, Jackson could be sentenced to as much as one day short of a year in jail and a fine of up to $2,500.

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