Malcolm Harris, an Occupy Wall Street protester, filed a civil proceeding recently to block a judge’s ruling that Twitter must hand over his tweets and account information to prosecutors. Harris took part in the mass protest on the Brooklyn Bridge last October and was charged with disorderly conduct. The Brooklyn-based writer, is one of a handful of protesters in which authorities are trying to obtain tweets and account information from, according to NBC News.
Prosecutors from the Manhattan district attorney’s office have said that Harris’s tweets could demonstrate that he knew police ordered protesters not to walk onto the bridge roadway during the October protest. The lawyers for the arrested protesters have said police appeared to lead the march onto the roadway before arresting hundreds of them.
“In this case, anyone reviewing the information and material Twitter has been ordered to turn over will know each time – between September 15 and December 30, 2011 — Harris logged into his Twitter account, where he was when he logged in, how long he remained there and both what he did and who he communicated with while he was logged in,” Mr. Harris’ lawyers wrote in a memorandum accompanying the civil proceeding.