That status proved to be very crucial piece of evidence: a rock-solid alibi after he was accused of a crime according to CNN news report.
Confirmation of the time stamp on the update and the location from which it was entered showed he could not have been at the scene of a robbery in another part of New York City. After he had spent almost two weeks in jail, the case against him was dismissed.
The story began at 11:49 a.m. on Saturday, October 17, when Bradford was updating his Facebook status at his father’s home in Harlem. A minute later, 12 miles away in Brooklyn, two men were mugged at gunpoint.
The next day, Bradford, who is facing a separate 2008 robbery indictment, found out police were looking for him in connection with the Brooklyn robbery.Bradford turned himself in, confident he would be cleared. But after one of the victims picked him out of a lineup, he was charged with robbery in the first degree and sent to Rikers Island, home of the New York City jail.
It wasn’t until Rodney Bradford Sr. discovered his son’s Facebook update that the young man’s defense attorney realized he had an unbeatable alibi.
“Throughout that week,” said the attorney, Robert Reuland, “I worked with the district attorney’s office and made them aware of who our alibis were, presented the Facebook evidence and generally tried to convince them that it would be wrong to proceed to an indictment in light of this evidence.”
The district attorney subpoenaed Facebook for documentation that would prove Bradford had updated his account from his father’s home in Harlem. It worked.
“It all corroborated our alibis,” explained Reuland. “The Facebook thing was really the icing on the cake. I think, ultimately, it’s what prompted the DA to dismiss.”
The district attorney’s office would not comment on the story because the case is sealed.
Facebook officials said they are “pleased” they were “able to serve as a constructive part of the judicial process.”