Twitter fights subpoena in NYC Occupy arrest case

Manhattan district attorney demanded the tweets and user information of a protester


By David B. Caruso
Associated Press

NEW YORK — Twitter is resisting an attempt by New York City prosecutors to gain access to the account of an Occupy Wall Street protester.

The San Francisco-based micro-blogging service filed court papers Monday asking a judge to quash a subpoena in which the Manhattan district attorney demanded the tweets and user information of writer and activist Malcolm Harris.

Harris was among around 700 people arrested on the Brooklyn Bridge last fall during a protest against financial inequality.

Among other things, prosecutors want to look at all of Harris's tweets in the weeks before and after the march.

Harris tried to fight the subpoena on his own and lost.

Now Twitter's lawyers are weighing in. They say prosecutors should be required to get a search warrant.

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