A 21-year old driver has been sued for striking and killing a pedestrian while updating her Facebook profile. The daughter of the 70-year old victim filed suit last Monday alelging that the driver operated her vehicle without keeping a proper and sufficient focus, drove while using an electronic communication device, and failed to slow down to avoid an accident. The driver claimed she was blinded by the sun when she struck the victim, who had gotten out of his vehicle after a minor traffic accident, and was ticketed for striking a pedestrian in the roadway. Facebook shows that the driver posted her status update at 7:54 a.m., the exact time that authorities were called about the victim's initial traffic accident. (As we've explained before, this sort of electronic evidence is becoming more and more important in adjudicating disputes.)
The federal government is investigating Wikileaks founder Julian Assange and others suspected of disclosing thousands of classified documents on the anti-secrecy website and is attempting to obtain personal information from the Twitter accounts of three people linked to the site. Last Tuesday, defense attorneys asked U.S. Magistrate Judge Theresa Carroll Buchanan, of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, to overturn her December ruling ordering Twitter to disclose its clients' data.
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