Anytime you see a headline that reads, “Courtney Love Plans To ‘Sue The Holy Shit’ Out Of Frances Bean‘s Guardians,” you know it is bound to be, well, entertaining. That’s exactly the headline that a Huffington Post article ran with today, which you can link to here.
The article refers to some unfortunate Twitter activity by Love in reaction to losing custody of her 17 year-old daughter, Frances Bean, to Wendy O’Connor, Kurt Cobain‘s mother and Kimberly Dawn Cobain, Kurt’s sister.
Love tweeted the following:
- “this shit with the bean needs to be exposed for what it is right fucking NOW enough”
- “they [Bean’s guardians] squeesed [sic] my bank accounts so that they were frozen because they know im going to sue the holy shit out of them and now are … crocodiling my kid whose better than this seriously she was raised too well to be bought.”
Love then added in another tweet: “im severely lonely without my best friend and no am not on drugs BTW.” As an aside: It’s been my experience that, if one is engaging in behavior that requires her to clarify whether or not she is on drugs, then the behavior is probably not the wisest behavior in the first place. But, I digress.
After Love lost custody of her daughter, Bean obtained a restraining order against Love. The judge ordered Love to refrain from any direct or indirect contact with Bean. You can link to an article discussing Bean’s restraining order against her mom here.
Understandably, this is celebrity BS, but it illustrates how people are mis-using Twitter with alarming frequency. See my earlier post on this site about Kim Kardashian’s unfortunate use of Twitter which landed her in a libel lawsuit. And while the vast majority of Twitter users do not receive media attention about their tweets, if they wind up in court, they may very well have a judge analyzing them.
Most lawyers routinely ask clients about any email communications, chats, or text messages that might affect their case. If you are not, then you are begging to be caught by surprise in court, and might be committing malpractice. I also routinely question clients about social activities on platforms like Facebook, which is often loaded with evidentiary nuggets that can help your client’s case.
With Twitter’s meteoric rise in popularity in 2009, and recent headlines about celebrity and non-celebrity tweets as possible evidence in legal matters, is it time for lawyers to start questioning clients routinely about their Twitter activity? Getting access to their tweets? To be sure, the day is fastly approaching when tweets will be familiar evidence in legal disputes.