Twitter must reveal user info after posted photo leads to charges against wrong man, judge says
Who framed Lemon Juice?
That is the issue in a lawsuit filed by a New York man named Lemon Juice who claims a Twitter user opened an account in his name and posted a photo of a 12-year-old sexual assault victim who testified against a rabbi. Juice’s lawyer, Solomon Antar, spoke with the New York Daily News in April. “Lemon Juice simply wants to find out who framed him,”Antar said.
Juice may be able to get some answers after a Brooklyn judge ordered Twitter to release information on the person who used the handle [email protected], the New York Law Journal (sub. req.) reports. The photo posted to that account led to criminal charges against Juice claiming he conspired to violate the ban on photographs in the courtroom. The charges were dropped after police found no link between Juice and the Twitter account.
Judge Francois Rivera ordered release of identifying information in an Aug. 29 opinion (PDF, sub. req.). “The court finds that the behavior of the creator of the subject Twitter account was so extreme and outrageous that it went beyond all possible bounds of decency,” Rivera said.
Juice wants to sue his Twitter impersonator for intentional infliction of emotional distress, fraud and malicious prosecution.