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And you say he's just a "Friend": Contacting an Unrepresented Party Through Online Social Networks

Rapper Biz Markie isn't the only one questioning the meaning of a "friend." Blog posts, Facebook, Twitter and other online social networks all have the potential to be useful litigation tools. Let's face it (pun intended), who among us hasn't googled opposing counsel, the opposing party, witnesses or even the judge? Although many of us may be careful to constantly monitor our own privacy settings, most lay litigants, who are not used to being on anyone's radar, may not. As the Miranda warning goes — "You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say can and will be used against you."   More ›