There were some
significant legal precedents set in Manhattan today. New York City
criminal court judge Matthew Sciarrino, Jr. ruled that Occupy Wall
Street protester Malcolm Harris – one of hundreds arrested during a
direct action on the Brooklyn Bridge last October – has no standing
to stop authorities from subpoenaing his Twitter account. Basically,
Sciarrino cited a 1976 Supreme Court case in which it was determined
that individuals have no right to block access to their bank records,
since – according to the Supremes – it's the financial
institution that owns the documents and not you.
other words: you don't own your tweets. Twitter does.
seen the Twitter subpoena grab here in Boston. But while that stunt
left Suffolk County District Attorney Dan Conley looking foolish,
this seems to be a trend with no end. In New York, Harris and his
lawyer called bullshit, and tried to block the effort. For the
time-being they've failed, and, reading the decision, it's no wonder
why. Unless we're missing something, it seems that the judge thinks
this is funny, and even inserted cute additions to his ruling for
a joke – peppering his first paragraph with hashtags. A significant
precedent indeed. #Hilarious.
As always - BuzzFeed is all over this shit...