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SubscriptionsGo to the Subscriptions Centre to manage your:My ProfileThe guilty verdict against a woman who posted a photo of graffiti depicting a Montreal police officer with a bullet in his head should remind users of social media to be cautious about what they publish, experts said Friday.Granby moves to fine people insulting police on social mediaJennifer Pawluck, 22, snapped a shot of someone else's graffiti work and uploaded it with anti police hashtags to Instagram, a photo sharing online app.Cmdr. Ian Lafrenire, who was depicted in the graffiti, told Pawluck's criminal harassment trial the image shook him and upset his wife and children.Experts echoed the judge's warning that online actions can have major consequences."Just because it's on social media, it doesn't mean there aren't laws criminal or civil that wouldn't apply to that conduct," said Teresa Scassa cartier bracelet replica, a law professor at the University of Ottawa."I think there is a kind of psychological disconnect between the things people do online and their expectation of what the real world consequences will be cartier love bracelet knock off."
Robert Currie, law professorPawluck's arrest in 2013 was criticized in some circles as unnecessary. Following Thursday's verdict fake cartier love bracelet, that feeling was rekindled as supporters called it outlandish and suppression of political dissent.Quebec court Judge Marie Jose Di Lallo ruled Pawluck was guilty of harassment, that the Crown had demonstrated Lafrenire felt harassed and that it was reasonable for the senior police officer to feel his safety was threatened.Pawluck was charged under a summary offence that comes with a maximum sentence of six months in jail or a $5,000 fine. Sentencing arguments will be heard May 14.Neither Pawluck nor her lawyer have said whether they'll appeal.Be careful what you typeProf. Robert Currie, a law professor at the Schulich School of Law in Halifax, said the Criminal Code provides protection, to a point, for people who voice dissent."The Criminal Code explicitly says it has to be a reasonable perception, not just 'someone said something vague and I felt threatened by it'," Currie said. "The judge found that not only had he (Lafrenire) subjectively felt that, but it was reasonable for him to feel that."This photo and accompanying hashtags Pawluck posted to her Instagram account are the reasons she was convicted of harassment. (Jennifer Pawluck/Iconosquare)Di Lallo noted that a single keystroke can have consequences, and Currie agreed there's a level of carelessness about online activity as people tend to lose sight of propriety and the law.
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