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Judge jails woman who refused to delete Facebook account
By Eric Pfeiffer, Yahoo! News | The Sideshow – Tue, Sep 18, 2012
Kentucky woman who was issued a DUI after she caused a car accident with four teenagers is being sent back to jail after a judge ordered her to delete her Facebook page.
Local NBC affiliate WAVE3 reports that Paula Asher wrote a dismissive status update to her Facebook page after the accident, stating, "My dumb (expletive) got a dui and I hit a car…lol."
Asher was allegedly under the influence at the time of the accident and fled the scene before police arrived.
The parents of the four teens injured in the crash asked District Judge Mary Jane Phelps to have the offending Facebook page removed and the judge complied.
However, while Asher has apologized to the judge and the families for her offensive post, she has not deleted her Facebook account. And as a result, Judge Phelps has sentenced Asher to a two-day jail sentence for contempt of court.
"I really wasn't trying to make fun of (the crash)," Asher said.
However, as SecurityNewsDaily notes, it's not clear if the judge actually had the authority to order Asher to delete her Facebook page. No specific law was cited in the order, and Asher certainly could make a claim that posting her thoughts about the accident, no matter how crude or offensive, is protected under her First Amendment rights.
"I apologize to everybody," she said. "I apologize to the judge. I didn't mean to hurt anybody," Asher said. "I didn't think 'lol' would put me in jail."
I had to go pull my time in," said Asher. "I did and they said I'm not allowed to have Facebook,"Asher told.

First of all, I think this news is well written. This article has news value, the timeliness. If this article was written in 1999 nobody would care. Almost everyone uses Facebook in 2012. The article also has strong impact. Facebook users will be curious that they could go to jail by using Facebook. The title of article is really catching readers. However, the first line of the article is not as attractive as the title; it would be better if writer put quotation, which she posted on her page at the beginning. The writer used quotes well. It gives readers idea of the situation she is in right now. But…