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Facebook becomes useful trial tool for lawyers

Facebook has become a useful tool for lawyers as they research witnesses in their cases (Joerg Koch/AP)
The Ashlee Hyatt murder trial continues this week in Kelowna.

Hyatt was killed outside a house party in Peachland in 2010, when she was 16. Another teen, who was at the party, has been charged with second degree murder in her death.

This week, the court heard from a witness who was also at that house party, and defense lawyers used the girl's own Facebook posts against her, challenging her credibility.

Christopher Considine is a criminal defence lawyer who has used social networking sites as a tool in trials.

Daybreak host Chris Walker spoke with him earlier and began by asking how social media has changed the work of lawyers like him.
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