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Friends, Gangbangers, Custody Disputants, Lend Me Your Passwords, Aviva Orenstein Jan 2012

Friends, Gangbangers, Custody Disputants, Lend Me Your Passwords, Aviva Orenstein

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Whenever parties seek to introduce out-of-court statements, evidentiary issues of hearsay and authentication will arise. As methods of communication expand, the Rules of Evidence must necessarily keep pace. The rules remain essentially the same, but their application vary with new modes of communication. Evidence law has been very adaptable in some ways, and notoriously conservative, even stodgy, in others. Although statements on Facebook and other social media raise some interesting questions concerning the hearsay rule and its exceptions, there has been little concern about applying the hearsay doctrine to such forms of communication. By contrast, such new media have triggered ...