Juror’s Tweets Lead to New Trial

    This photo provided Thursday, Dec. 7, 2011, by the Arkansas Department of Correction shows Erickson Dimas-Martinez who was convicted in 2010 in the slaying of Derrick Jefferson. The Arkansas Supreme Court on Thursday, Dec, 7, 2011, tossed out the death row inmate's murder conviction, finding misconduct among jurors who slept and tweeted during the proceedings. (Arkansas Department of Correction)

    Arkansas Department of Correction / AP Photo

    The Arkansas Supreme Court ordered Thursday a new trial for a death-row inmate whose trial was spoiled by a tweeting juror. Erickson Dimas-Martinez’s murder conviction was thrown out because one juror defied a judge’s ban on Internet postings. The juror tweeted things like, "all evidence was submitted in the sentencing phase,” and "Choices to be made. Hearts to be broken. We each define the great line." Another juror during Dimas Martinez’s trial apparently slept.

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