Via Jules Crittenden comes an amusing link to an AP story titled Appeal says juror sent ‘tweets’ during $12.6M case.
What kind of “tweets” are we talking about? This kind:
So, Johnathan, what did you do today?” Oh, nothing really. I just gave away TWELVE MILLION DOLLARS of somebody else’s money!
Still, it sounds more scandalous than it really is:
A building materials company and its owner have appealed a $12.6 million verdict against them, alleging that a juror was posting related messages on Twitter.com while hearing the case.
The motion filed Thursday seeking a new trial claims the juror sent eight messages — or “tweets” — to the micro-blogging Web site via his cellular phone. One read in part: “oh and nobody buy Stoam. Its bad mojo and they’ll probably cease to Exist, now that their wallet is 12m lighter.” . . . The motion filed by the lawyer for Russell Wright and his company, Stoam Holdings, alleges the juror researched the case and communicated with others outside the jury.
A closer look appears to reveal an appeal filed out of desperation by a company stretching for any way to overturn the verdict. This story has more details:
He’d researched being a juror online the night before. Not the specific case, but how to be a juror — he wanted to know what he could bring, he said.
He sent via message, “trying to learn about Jury duty for tomorrow, but all searches lead me to Suggestions for getting out of it, instead of rocking it.”
He sent a message when he arrived that morning just before 9 a.m.
“I guess Im early. Two Angry Men just won’t do.”
The appeal says these lines show he researched the case and came as a self-described “Angry Man.” Gimme a break. He was researching being a jury in the first quote, and making a play on words in the second quote.
Still, that message — so flippant about the $12 million award. Doesn’t really inspire confidence, does it?
P.S. If you want to follow my Twitter feed, it’s here. But I won’t be sending messages from any jury trials . . .