Twitter must hand over a user and Occupy Wall Street protester's account information to the Manhattan District Attorney by September 14 or the company will subject to a fine, a New York State Supreme Court Judge ruled on Tuesday, Bloomberg reports. The size of the fine would be determined on income statements that the judge has also requested from Twitter in lieu of the user's account info.
Twitter has spent the past year repeatedly fighting a subpoena to hand over user Malcolm Harris' account information, invoking Fourth Amendment rights to be protected from unreasonable search and seizure.
Harris, a writer and prankster, was arrested along with nearly 400 protesters during an Occupy Wall Street march across the Brooklyn Bridge in New York in October 2011. He was charged with disorderly conduct and later released, but the Manhattan DA still sought Harris' tweets in connection with a criminal investigation into the protests.
On Tuesday, Harris tweeted his reaction to the news of the judge's ruling from his new account, @BigMeanInternet: "yeah bummer."