Twitter Man Death Row
December 11, 2011 by staff
Twitter Man Death Row, Erickson Dimas-Martinez was on trial for the fatal shooting of a 17-year-old boy, and could have been sentenced to death by lethal injection, but a juror’s Twitter activity has since overturned that conviction.
Although the judge explicitly instructed jurors to not discuss the case or share any thoughts about the trial on social media, one particularly brazen Twitter user tweeted, “Choices to be made. Hearts to be broken. We each define the great line.” during sentencing.
That juror, who allegedly had a reporter as one of their followers, forced the Arkansas Supreme Court to overturn the conviction this Thursday, but has not been removed from the jury as of yet.
The rogue juror’s actions have also called into question the practice of allowing jurors to have access to their cell phones. Justice Donald Corbin argued that, “Most mobile phones now allow instant access to a myriad of information. Not only can jurors access Facebook, Twitter or other social media sites, but they can also access news sites that might have information about a case. There is also the possibility that a juror could conduct research about many aspects of a case.”
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