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Alleged Facebook threat lands woman in court

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - Tommie Rogers appeared in Fayette District Court today to answer to charges of retaliating against a participant in a legal process. Officials say she used Facebook to threaten someone who was testifying in a case involving her brother.

According to Rogers' arrest warrant, police say she threatened a man who was testifying in a separate case involving her brother. They say she threatened physical harm or injury against the man on her Facebook page and mentioned him by name in that post. Police didn't specify exactly what the threat was. A warrant for retaliating against a participant in a legal process was issued back on September 10th and she turned herself in yesterday. Roberta Harding, law professor at the University of Kentucky says some people don't realize the gravity a Facebook post could carry.

"I think people have this notion of a threat having to be personally delivered and it does not have to be personally delivered. So they probably imagine I 'haven't threatened to do anything because I haven't actually faced the person,'," she said.

According to the Legislative Research Commission, retaliating against a participant in a legal process is a Class-D felony.

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