U R Bu5t3d!

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U R Bu5t3d!

By Sonia Zjawinski

Text messaging can now be used against you in a court of law. Last year, prosecutors started using SMS transcripts to try perps. In the most publicized case, the Justice Department subpoenaed the contents of Irving and Christopher Lorenzo's cell phone outboxes as evidence of their alleged money laundering. The founders of Murder Inc. Records were acquitted (the Feds' case was otherwise pretty weak), but thumb-typing killers in Toronto and Washington state weren't so lucky. According to Cornell law professor Steven Clymer, electronic transmissions are admissible if the presiding judge deems them relevant to the case. "People use emails and text messages as a substitute for telephone conversations," Clymer explains. "But unlike a phone conversation, they always leave a record of exactly what they typed in." C U in 10 to 20!

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