Becoming a Twitter Vigilante Won’t Help Your Custody Case

Bad behavior on social media will only work against you in a court of law

It’s now commonplace for upset members of the public to take their grievances to social media, but there’s a line you simply can not cross, especially when it comes to legal proceedings. Take this story, from an ABAJournal article, for example:

A woman convicted of stalking a Pennsylvania judge after a harassment campaign that authorities say included repeated Twitter tweets that contained veiled threats and making false legal ethics complaints under stolen identities has been sentenced to serve time.

But even after the 34-year-old completes her Mongomery County jail term of 11½ to 23 months, Sadiyyah F. Young banned from using Twitter until she completes her jail sentence and a subsequent three-year term of probation

“We specifically asked that she be banned from Twitter, and it’s a condition of her release from prison. If she’s found on Twitter at any point in time she violates her parole and probation,” Assistant District Attorney Matthew Quigg told the newspaper.

Authorities say Young began a harassment campaign against Judge Wendy Demchick-Alloy, lawyers and social workers after the jurist ruled against her six years ago in a hearing over Young’s ability to care for her children and placed them in foster care.

We fully understand how devastating it can be to lose a custody case, but the only result of personally attacking the judge, lawyers, your ex, or anyone else will be massive damage to your own case and credibility. If you want any chance of seeing results, your best bet is not to become a Twitter vigilante, but to secure a knowledegable attorney and work through the legal processes made available to you.