Some Ohio prosecutors use social media to explain law, cases

MOUNT VERNON, Ohio (AP) – Some prosecutors in Ohio are turning to social media to help update the public on court cases and the legal system.

Knox County Prosecutor Chip McConville in Mount Vernon said he has been working since January to find ways to use Facebook and other social media to help the public, The Columbus Dispatch reported Sunday.

Online comments about the case of a man charged in the fatal shootings of his mother and girlfriend made McConville realize people don’t always understand the legal process, he said. So he made a short video and posted it on Facebook to help explain the process.

“Ordinary people do not understand because, for most, luckily, they’ve never had any interaction with law enforcement or the courts in this way. And it is the responsibility of the prosecutor to explain the process of the law,” McConville said.

Union County and Delaware County prosecutors are among others who are embracing social media to keep the public updated on cases and their offices’ work.

McConville’s video has been viewed nearly 2,000 times and his Facebook page now has almost 3,000 followers.

“To me, that’s a success,” he said.

Information from: The Columbus Dispatch

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