Judge Orders Man to Apologize to Wife on Facebook or Go to Jail (VIDEO)

mark byron facebook postYou know those people who think it's okay to spew their most vile thoughts in their Facebook statuses? Who rail out about other people in their lives, uh, like ... their exes? Usually, the worst thing that happens to them as a result is that they get defriended en masse. Finally, someone's being punished for bad Facebook behavior -- literally.

Mark Byron, who had been convicted of civil domestic violence against his wife, Elizabeth, and was involved in a child custody battle with her, posted on Facebook: "If you are an evil, vindictive woman who wants to ruin your husband's life and take your son's father away from him completely -- all you need to do is say that you're scared of your husband or domestic partner and they'll take him away!" As a result, he breached a court order protecting Elizabeth and their son.

Can you guess what happened next?

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The Cincinnati court ruled that Byron go to jail for 60 days and pay a $500 fine ... or, the magistrate said, he could avoid that sentence by paying back child support and posting an apology, written into the order by Meyers, to his Facebook page for 30 days beginning February 13. He also had to friend his wife or someone of her choosing to monitor the page.

Wow. Is this not the most ludicrous thing you've ever heard?! Not the child support part, of course, but ... ordering someone to post an apology on Facebook? Seriously, why do I feel like social media has turned us all into kindergartners?

Byron made a valid point when he commented, "On one hand, the court wants to stop me from saying something on Facebook, and then it's telling me I have to post the pre-written apology."

It is kinda nuts, and it certainly begs the question as to whether or not his First Amendment rights are being violated. But at the same time, well, I personally feel Byron should have thought before he lashed out on his wife in such a ridiculous way on Facebook. Sure, he's entitled to his freedom of speech, but there's a fine line. As adults, we should be held personally responsible for thinking before we speak -- or update our statuses -- too.

Here's a news story on Mark Byron and the unorthodox ruling ...

Do you think Mark's ruling was fair?

 

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