A New York woman faces a year in jail for violating a protection order by tagging her ex-sister-in-law in a Facebook post calling her “stupid”.
Maria Gonzalez is accused of contacting her former sister-in-law, Maribel Calderon, by tagging her in a post which reportedly read: “You and your family are sad… You guys have to come stronger than that!! I’m way over you guys but I guess not in ya agenda.”
She has been charged with second-degree criminal contempt for the alleged post, and may face a year behind bars.
Ms Gonzalez had been prohibited from contacting Ms Calderon through a protection order, also known as a restraining order, following a divorce from her brother, Rafael Calderon.
Such orders usually state the person given the order must refrain from communicating with the protected party “by mail, telephone, e-mail, voice-mail or other electronic or other means”.
Ms Gonzalez’s attorney, Kim Frohlinger, argued that the protection order “did not specifically prohibit [her] from Facebook communication”, reports the New York Post.
But Westchester County Supreme Court Justice Susan Capeci disagreed, ruling that the defendant had been prohibited from contacting Ms Calderon “by electronic or any other means”.