Judge orders OTR man to post apology for furious Facebook post

Mark Byron
Mark Byron

HAMILTON COUNTY, OH (FOX19) - A Hamilton County judge ordered a man to serve jail time for a post he made on his own Facebook page.

Mark Byron, of Over-the-Rhine, was furious about a pending divorce when he posted comments about his estranged wife on his own Facebook page in November of last year.

"The things that I posted on Facebook were fact based and they weren't defamatory. It's clear that I was just trying to vent to my friends on Facebook," said Byron. "I have her blocked (on Facebook) which means that she can't even see me if she searches for me, she can't see me at all. I wasn't even thinking of her at the time. It was just about me and my son and letting people know how difficult it has been for me this past year not having decent custody rights to see my son."

Byron was ordered to post an apology to his wife on his Facebook page and the pages of each of his friends.

"My attorney and I were blown away when we heard that because of what I had posted on Facebook that she had filed for Contempt of Court against me citing that this had embarrassed her," he said. "To rule now that I must post something on my Facebook wall everyday for 30 days. It's the most outlandish thing I've ever heard and I think that a lot of people feel that way."

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