Court rules woman can be barred from ranting about kids, ex-husband on Facebook
FLEMINGTON, N.J. — A New Jersey appeals court has ruled that a court order barring a mother from mentioning her children and ex-husband on Facebook is not unconstitutional.
The order, originally handed down in 2011, was a condition of the mother’s probation stemming from her attempt that year to kidnap her two children away from their father and into Canada, the Courier News reported. The posts, described as “rants,” repeatedly referenced the Book of Revelation, Adolph Hitler, Satan and serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer.
The woman’s ex-husband and county prosecutors argued the woman’s Facebook postings were frightening to her family.
The mother argued that the order violated her free speech rights, but the appellate panel disagreed, saying last week the order was specific and didn’t prevent her from making posts about other issues.
The woman’s name was omitted from court documents in order to protect the identity of her children, the newspaper reported.