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Domestic violence charges follow social media fight in California

Social media has revolutionized many aspects of modern life. People can communicate with one another and more easily stay in contact with people who live far away. However, some argue that there are downsides to its use, with people noting that it can create conflict within a marriage. Police in California have now accused a man of domestic violence after an argument over his wife's use of social media.

Reports claim that the man became angry over the number of pictures his wife was posting of herself on a photo-sharing service. The woman claims that he punched and choked her as a result of the pictures, causing injuries to several parts of her body. She reportedly left the house with two of the couple's young children, leaving a 2-year-old with him. She claims he was on drugs at the time.

Although the man reportedly left with the child, police were ultimately able to find both people a few hours later. The child was not hurt, and the man was arrested. He has since been taken into custody and faces charges related to making criminal threats and domestic violence. Police say they determined that the man was on a stimulant at the time, but it is unclear if there is evidence of drug use other than the word of his wife to support this claim.

Issues surrounding domestic violence have received a great deal of attention in recent years. While it is a serious matter and allegations must be investigated, it is important to realize that anyone accused of a crime still presumed innocent until and unless proved otherwise in a criminal court. To do this, California prosecutors must prove that the man is guilty beyond a reasonable doubt -- a high standard that is often difficult to meet. Failure to do so must result in a not guilty verdict.

Source: New York Daily News, "Calif. man beat up wife for posting selfies: cops", Lee Moran, May 3, 2015

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