Public Disclosure of Private Facts

Who needs the internet when you hang flyers with a picture of cheating husband on them? I’m Amy E. Feldman.

A poster, shared on reddit, was hung on utility poles in Virginia. It showed a family picture—a husband, wife, and two kids with the man’s with a paragraph explaining that the man was a cheating husband who had abandoned his wife and kids. It asked the police to arrest him on charges of adultery.

It’s almost quaint, harkening back to a different era when people tacked gossip to a tree instead of posting nasty statements on line. Except, of course, for how awful it is, and likely illegal—for her to publicly reveal private information about someone so she could face a lawsuit for invasion of privacy.

As for the request to have him arrested for adultery, while it is technically a class four misdemeanor in Virginia, only eight people in the past ten years have been arrested for it, and it carries a maximum sentence of $250—much, much less than the future therapy that those poor children will need after seeing their pictures hung on a tree while their parents publicly fight over their dad’s alleged behavior.

From The Judge Group, I’m Amy E. Feldman for KYW News Radio.

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