A man in Florida was arrested for asking his estranged wife, who had a restraining order against him, to become his friend on Facebook:
According to a Pasco County Sheriff’s Office report, Harry Bruder, 54, admittedcontacting his wife twice last last month via the social networking site. Investigators charge that Bruder’s Facebook requests violated a domestic violence injunction obtained by his wife Carole, from whom he has been separated for two years.
“Yeah, I did it,” Bruder said when confronted by cops. He remarked that the friend requests were “stupid” and knew that he should not have sent them. Bruder, who also copped to changing the password to his wife’s Yahoo e-mail account, said that he was upset that he had to attend court-ordered counseling sessions as a result of the injunction (which bars him from any contact with his wife).
Via Jonathan R. Eaton. I’m not aware of a case like this in Canada, but I would tell my clients not to risk it.
Now, what if a person has a protection order against you, but then initiates contact through Facebook? I would advise you to delete the message and block that person, because responding may violate the order. When there’s any question about the wording of a court order, it’s always best to err on the side of caution.