Sheriff's Deputy Has Ex-Wife Arrested Because Of One Facebook Post
Social media is full of triggering pictures and status updates that, quite frankly, aren't doing our mental health any favors - whether it's impossible-to-obtain #FitsSpo goals, enviable vacation snaps or statuses aimed to hurt certain people. But one woman had no idea posting the latter could actually land her in jail.
Most of us are guilty of being unable to hold our tongue on social media at least once. In the majority of cases, we have the good sense not to name and shame the person we are referring to. Sadly, that wasn't the case for Anne King, who decided to slam her ex-husband on Facebook.
The incident took place in January 2015 when Anne King took to the popular social media website to express her annoyance that her ex-husband, Corey, a sheriff's deputy in Washington County, Georgia, had failed to pick up medication their children needed on his way to work.
"That moment when everyone in your house has the flu and you ask your kid's dad to get them (not me) more Motrin and Tylenol and he refuses," the overwhelmed mother wrote on Facebook, unknowingly triggering a series of events which landed her behind bars.
As is usually the case on social media, Anne received a lot of sympathy from her friends about Corey's behavior, with pal Susan Hines referring to ex-husband Corey as a "POS" and writing: "Give me an hour and check your mailbox. I'll be GLAD to pick up the slack."
When Corey caught sight of the Facebook status, he immediately asked Anne to take it down, but when she refused, he decided to take matters into his own hands, and the hands of the law, according to a lawsuit filed on behalf of Anne King.
Corey decided that instead of letting the status slide, the best course of action would be to contact the police by filing an incident report about her "derogatory comments". Horrifyingly, this led to an arrest warrant being issued.
The arrest warrant said, the "subject did, without a privilege to do so and with intent to defame another, communicate false matter which tends to expose one who is alive to hatred, contempt, or ridicule, and which tends to provoke a breach of peace."
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The day after the report was filed, a Washington County court magistrate issued arrest warrants for Anne and her friend Susan for their comments.
The two women were subsequently arrested for "criminal defamation of character" and held behind bars for four hours. Their bail was posted at $1,000.
Yes, you read that right. All for comments on Facebook.
The case was subsequently dropped at a later hearing by an understandably bemused judge, who said that there was no reason to arrest the women.
"I don't even know why we're here," the judge said, according to the complaint.
That's not all, however. While logic would dictate that arresting someone for something so petty is wrong, Corey also had to rely on an outdated law to do it. In 1982, a Georgia Supreme court ruled that charges of criminal defamation are inherently unconstitutional.
"We feel very good about our position because the law upon which [King] was arrested had been declared unconstitutional 30 years ago," attorney Ken Hodges, who is representing Anne King, told CNN.
In a deposition, Corey said in defense of his actions, "I don't feel as though the portrayal of my fatherhood was truthful as what I do for my children and what I have done for my children as long as they have been alive."
Anne is now seeking compensation for punitive damages and her legal fees.
"The ironic thing is, she didn't even post anything derogatory," Hodges said. "She just posted that she was feeling overwhelmed."