Twitter must give Occupier’s tweets to New York court

Twitter must hand the tweets of an Occupy Wall Street protester over to prosecutors in New York by Friday or face civil contempt and a hefty fine, a judge said Tuesday.

Manhattan Criminal Court Judge Matthew Sciarrino told Twitter that it had had 73 days to comply with his June 30 ruling ordering it to produce nearly three months’ worth of tweets from Malcolm Harris. The Occupy member was arrested during a mass march in October.

If the San Francisco-based company does not comply, Sciarrino said he would consider Twitter’s earnings  for the last two quarters in determining the fine.

In two separate rulings, Sciarrino has denied attempts by both Harris and Twitter to quash the prosecutors’ subpoena for his tweets, based on privacy and other claims.

Prosecutors say the tweets, which are no longer available online, may demonstrate that Harris knew police had told protesters not to walk on the roadway.

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