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Can you go to jail for deleting web history?

Updated on June 8, 2015

Obstruction of Justice

Obstruction of justice. People can be charged for it all the time. But what is it? Obstruction of justice is the term known for when a person hides something from a government official. If it's a lie, or removing evidence of a case, you can still be charged. Even if you did know about this crime, you probably didn't know that you can be convicted of obstruction of justice for deleting your web history.

Now that I think about it, it is pretty obvious. If you are charged with a crime and you delete your web history simultaneously then you can be charged obstruction of justice. The reason this even deserves to be an article, though, is because your intent of deleting the history is hard to prove therefore the feds can't really be sure if your guilty or not. All they know is that you deleted web history at the time of crime and that can prove you guilty.

What is an example if this crime.

There is proof behind this article. It all comes down to the night of the Boston Bombing. You may have heard about it, as it was all over the news.

Khairullozhon Matanov is a young cab driver who ate dinner with two soon to be suspects of the Boston Bombing, on the night of the Boston Bombing. When he saw that his friends were on the suspects list Khairullozhon decided to talk to local police. He told them about the night they had dinner, but lied about minor things. He lied about whose idea it was to have dinner, lied about when he saw his friends photo as a suspect, lied about if one of his suspect friends lived with his wife and daughter, and when he and his friend last prayed. He then went home and cleared his history.

Who knows why he was lying. Maybe he felt pressure, or didn't want to expose his friends as a threat. The real question is why did he clear his browser history? I think that it most likely happened by coincidence and his history had nothing to do with the case he was in.

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How to avoid being charged.

The thing that you have to remember if you or your friends are ever apart of something such as being a suspect, take a break and don't delete your browser history.

Put is this way, destroying evidence is up to 20 years in jail. If you are trying to hide something from your boss, or are hiding a birthday present for somebody you were looking at on Amazon, would it be better to just take the chance and not hide something than to delete your history and spend 20 years of jail.

I don't know about you, but I'd rather spoil the birthday.

Khairullozhon Matanov
Khairullozhon Matanov


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  • Luke Dallabetta profile imageAUTHOR


    3 years ago

    This was a shorter article just because there wasn't much to write about.


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