Debate Over Alabama Girl’s Death Plays Out On Facebook

Posted on: 8:56 pm, May 12, 2012, by , updated on: 09:09pm, May 12, 2012

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 GADSDEN, Ala. (AP) -An Alabama judge has stopped lawyers from  publicly discussing the murder charges against a grandmother and stepmother accused of making a 9-year-old girl to death as punishment for a lie, but a debate over the  case is still raging on Facebook.On pages dedicated to either supporting the women or perpetuating the memory of blond-haired Savannah Hardin, visitors have posted hundreds of messages since the child died in February.

The posters include apparent relatives and friends of the jailed
women Most of the posts are innocuous, but some border on revealing
evidence.While the judge has reminded lawyers in the case about
rules governing pretrial publicity, there’s no indication in court
files he know about the Facebook posts. Experts say the pages show the legal system has yet to catch up with the social media explosion, which is inching its way into
courtrooms as well as living rooms.