Judge Rules Couple Guilty Based On String Of Emojis; Says They Prove Intent

Judge Rules Couple Guilty Based On String Of Emojis; Says They Prove Intent

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Here are the emojis in question!

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The Judge gave this comment when he handed down the verdict:

...the sent symbols support the conclusion that the defendants acted in bad faith. Indeed, this negotiation’s parties’ ways of expression may take on different forms, and today, in modern times, the use of the “emoji” icons may also have a meaning that indicates the good faith of the side to the negotiations. The [emoji laden] text message sent by Defendant 2 on June 5, 2016, was accompanied by quite a few symbols, as mentioned. These included a “smiley”, a bottle of champagne, dancing figures and more. These icons convey great optimism. Although this message did not constitute a binding contract between the parties, this message naturally led to the Plaintiff’s great reliance on the defendants’ desire to rent his apartment.

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The judge awarded the landlord $2,200 to be paid by the couple. While hardly a high-crime, this case does set a legal precedent that may be continued in the future. So the next time you're texting, just remember:

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