Mom Banned From Ranting About Kids on Facebook
Appeals court finds the ban is constitutional
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted May 19, 2014 10:21 AM CDT
In this May 16, 2012 file photo, a Facebook logo is displayed on the screen of an iPad in New York.   (AP Photo/James H. Collins, File)

(Newser) – Lots of people go on Facebook to blow off steam—but one New Jersey mom took things too far, and has now been banned from using the social network to rant about her ex-husband and kids. The trouble began when the Flemington mother, identified in court records only by her initials, HLM, was arrested in 2011 after attempting to take her children to Canada after losing custody of them. She pleaded guilty to a lesser charge to avoid a kidnapping charge, and was sentenced to probation, a condition of which was that she not mention her kids or ex on Facebook or her blog, the Courier News reports.

But the mom, who has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, kept right on ranting—her postings involved the Biblical book of Revelation, Jeffrey Dahmer, Satan, and Adolf Hitler; the judge called them "rambling, irrational, disturbing, bizarre," the Star-Ledger reports. In 2012, she started using a code word ("Camelot") to talk about her family and the judge found that she had violated her probation; she appealed, arguing that the ban violated her rights to free speech and due process. But a state appeals court last week said that since the ban is specific and does not impose upon her blogging or posting about other issues, it is not unconstitutional.

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May 26, 2014 1:30 AM CDT
Mariuana is legal in some states so we have to find a way to fil the prisons, (new jersey moms)
May 20, 2014 3:34 PM CDT
Somebody on Facebook does not like me either. I decided to leave Facebook alone for a good little while so as not to do a "head-on" with them. I was scolded for inviting so many people to be "my friends" and if I continued, my account would be closed. I do not even know what they are talking about!! Then, one of my conversations was banned because I was advised it was inappropriate. I think some little person with a knee-jerk condition did this. I did nothing, said nothing wrong. The last thing was finding some of my postings missing from my personal page. Over and out.
May 20, 2014 11:41 AM CDT
Since the court order was so "specific" the nutty lady can simply refrain from Facebook in deference to twitter.