A Manhattan judge has ordered Twitter to comply with a subpoena and turn over an Occupy Wall Street protester's tweets to the Manhattan DA's office, or face fines. “I can’t put Twitter or the little blue bird in jail, so the only way to punish is monetarily,” Judge Matthew Sciarrino said. Bloomberg reports that Judge Sciarrino gave Twitter three days to prove why it is not in contempt of court.
Twitter's attorneys initially argued that Harris's tweets belonged to him, and asked for time to appeal Judge Sciarrino's ruling handed down in July that said tweets were "just like if you scream it out the window, there is no reasonable expectation of privacy." But because the tweets show his location and the duration of time that he was logged onto Twitter, Harris's lawyers say the subpoena represents a warrantless search.
Martin Stolar, the NLG attorney representing Harris, who was one of the hundreds of protesters arrested during the Brooklyn Bridge action last October, told the outlet, “It’s pretty outrageous that the D.A.’s office wants to prohibit Twitter from exercising its right to appeal."