Judge orders Mark Byron to apologize to wife on Facebook

Mark Byron

The Chicago Tribune reports:

A county judge is ordering a man to post a court-approved apology to his soon-to-be ex-wife on his Facebook page every day for 30 days, or face 60 days in jail, the Chicago Tribune reports.

In June 2011, Mark Byron was found guilty of civil domestic violence and his wife was granted a temporary protection order.

In November, Byron posted the following rant about his wife on Facebook:

"If you are an evil, vindictive woman who wants to ruin your husband’s life and take your son’s father away from him completely – all you need to do is say that you’re scared of your husband or domestic partner and they’ll take him away!"

A judge said the rant violated a protection order against him because it "emotionally abused" his ex.

The judge said he has to re-friend his wife and post a a seven-paragraph apology every day for 30 days.

A free-speech expert said this violates the 1st Amendment.

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