Matt Ohlheiser, an associate in the firm's Commercial Litigation Department, authored "Social Media Evidence Authentication: Authorship v. Ownership in Comm. v. Mangel" for Lexology. In a matter of first impression, the Superior Court of Pennsylvania recently addressed the standard for authenticating social media evidence in Commonwealth v. Mangel (March 15, 2018). In an opinion by Judge Musmanno, a unanimous three-judge panel affirmed the trial court’s denial of a motion in limine to introduce Facebook posts and chat messages allegedly posted by the defendant, Tyler Mangel. In Matt's article, he discusses how the court determined that social media evidence, like other digital communications, could be properly authenticated under the existing framework of Pa.R.E. 901 and related case law.
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