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Police say Fayette judge harassed via social media

| Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2012, 12:02 a.m.

Someone is using online social media to spread false rumors of criminal misconduct by a Fayette County judge and others, according to the district attorney.

Jack Heneks said state police at Uniontown have initiated a harassment investigation to attempt to identify one or more people responsible for the ongoing attacks against various officials, including Judge Nancy Vernon.

“We not infringing on anyone's First Amendment rights to criticize, but these appear to go beyond comment, and are alleging criminal arrests and criminal prosecutions of people which are simply not true,” Heneks said Monday. “We are seeking to get to the bottom of these unfounded reports.”

Trooper James Garlick of state police at Uniontown said in a news release that Vernon has been harassed through “social media” at “various locations” over an unspecified time period. He declined to go into specifics because the investigation is ongoing.

Vernon could not be reached for comment.

Heneks and Garlick said criminal charges could result, depending on where the investigation leads.

“It depends on what we uncover,” Garlick said.

Anyone with information that could help police identify the source of the rumors is asked to contact Garlick at 724-415-1208.

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