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Judge Refuses Lenny Dykstra’s Bid for Restraining Order Against Man Who Ran Twitter Account

Posted Dec 7, 2011 7:34 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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A judge has refused a request by former baseball star Lenny Dykstra to grant a restraining order against the man he allowed to run his Twitter account.

Dykstra claims Daniel Herman of Pennsylvania falsely claimed to be his business manager, threatened him, posted racist messages on Twitter, and told federal prosecutors that Dykstra is a flight risk, the Associated Press reports.

Judge Carol Boas Goodson of Los Angeles cited “free speech issues” in refusing to grant the order, the AP story says. “You allowed him to manage your Twitter [account],” Goodson wrote. “Close it down or clarify any false statements.” The judge said Dykstra’s complaints should be addressed in a civil lawsuit.

Dykstra has been charged with embezzlement based on allegations he sold or destroyed property without permission of a trustee overseeing his bankruptcy. He is currently free on bail.

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