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Tweeting from Jury Duty, Steve Martin Judges Defense Lawyer Guilty

At the beginning of jury selection, it looked as if comedian Steve Martin had prejudged the case.

“REPORT FROM JURY DUTY: defendant looks like a murderer,” he tweeted on Monday. “GUILTY. Waiting for opening remarks.”

It turned out Martin had prejudged the wrong person. Later he tweeted, “REPORT FROM JURY DUTY: guy I thought was up for murder turns out to be defense attorney. I bet he murdered someone anyway.” Nor did he like the prosecutor. “REPORT FROM JURY DUTY: Prosecuting attorney. Don’t like his accent. Serbian? Going with INNOCENT. We’re five minutes in.”

Reuters reported on Martin’s Twitter posts, saying they “read like a parody of the scourge of the tweeting juror.” A spokeswoman for Martin told the wire service in a story published Wednesday that he was a prospective juror, but his jokes weren’t factual.

Martin, however, claims he made it on the jury. There is this tweet, for instance: “REPORT FROM JURY DUTY: Attorneys presenting ‘evidence.’ Since when are security photos, DNA, and testimony evidence? Trusting intuition.”

Martin is also, apparently, considering outside evidence. “REPORT FROM JURY DUTY: Now forcing my autograph on other jurors. Also starting whisper campaign of innocence based on Magic 8 Ball,” he wrote.

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