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When "truths" are exposed as lies

Social media and text messages have provided a new avenue of evidence for prosecutors and defense attorneys alike to find information to support their cases. In many instances, Facebook posts, Twitter rants and text messages are seen as genuine because they are often made spontaneously. Also, investigators can find the exact time the statements were made, and there is little ambiguity about what is said.

Even with the inherent strength and veracity of statements made over social media, sometimes the "truth" can exposed as a lie. In the case of a Michigan fireman accused of raping a Beaver County woman, incriminating text messages may have actually been sent to frame an innocent man. Charges have been dropped in the case, and now prosecutors are looking into whether to file charges against the woman.

The original case began when investigators discovered an ominous text message that suggested that a rape occurred. It appeared to have been sent from the fireman's phone, but new evidence indicated that the woman had hacked into his phone (as well as his social media accounts) and created false messages suggesting that he had committed a crime.

After dropping the charges, prosecutors executed several search warrants to further investigate how much information was falsified. The results of the new probe will determine whether charges will be filed.

The story is a poignant reminder that people accused of sex crimes should consult an experienced criminal defense attorney. There are a number of pitfalls, as well as exonerating evidence that can be missed without the help of a diligent lawyer.

Source: TimesOnline.com, Rape charges dropped, accuser could be under investigation, February 11, 2013

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