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Wednesday, November 11, 2021

If nothing else, wasting time on Facebook provides you with a legally-binding criminal-defense alibi:

[Rodney Bradford's] defense lawyer, Robert Reuland, told a Brooklyn assistant district attorney, Lindsay Gerdes, about the Facebook entry, which was made at the time of the robbery. The district attorney subpoenaed Facebook to verify that the words had been typed from a computer at an apartment at 71 West 118th Street in Manhattan, the home of Mr. Bradford’s father. When that was confirmed, the charges were dropped.

“This is the first case that I’m aware of in which a Facebook update has been used as alibi evidence,” said John G. Browning, a lawyer in Dallas who studies social networking and the law. “We are going to see more of that because of how prevalent social networking has become.”

Not that visitor logs can’t be spoofed, or anything. I’m sure the law will catch up eventually.

by Costa Tsiokos, Wed 11/11/2021 11:08 PM
Category: New Yorkin', Social Media Online, True Crime
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It was bound to happen: Days after I took my first-ever skate on the Rockefeller Center ice rink, I’ve got the itch to buy a new pair of blades.

Which I need like a hole in the head. I’ve got little enough time as it is for eating and breathing, practically — scheduling ice time is a laughable notion at this point. New ice skates would end up in the back of a closet, along with the all the other clutter I accumulate. And while the expense isn’t an issue, the inevitable new hockey-gear add-ons will start looking like rational purchases to go along with shiny new footwear, and before you know it, several hundred dollars disappear.

So I really should disabuse myself of this budding impulse-purchase impulse.

Except that, bad ice and all, it felt so good gliding around out there. Damn it.

Maybe the key is to long after ice-skating equipment that doesn’t actually exist. To wit: High-quality hockey skates with specialized titanium-adamantium alloy metal blades. If I settle for nothing but this imaginary best, it’ll keep athletic-consumer urges at bay.

by Costa Tsiokos, Wed 11/11/2021 09:58 PM
Category: Hockey, Pop Culture
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