Judge Orders Man To Apologize To Wife On Facebook Or Go To Jail

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CINCINNATI — A man who was threatened with jail time for posting comments about his estranged wife on his personal Facebook page unless he posted daily apologies for a month says the court ruling violates his freedom of speech.

Mark Byron is making the apologies so he can avoid 60 days in jail. But he and free speech experts say the ruling determining what someone can or cannot say should concern other Facebook users.

A court magistrate in Cincinnati last month found Byron in contempt of an order prohibiting him from causing his wife mental abuse, harassment or annoyance.

Court documents allege Bryron’s comments posted in November were intended to be mentally abusive, harassing and annoying.

Byron denies that.

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